This morning, NCAA officials struck down Penn State University with “unprecedented sanctions” as the Freeh Report’s gruesome findings still weigh heavily in mind. In order to avoid logistical nightmares throughout the Big 10, officials opted against the well-known “death penalty” that afflicted Southern Methodist University in the ’80s. Instead, Penn State was hit with a barrage of punishments that will effectively cripple their football program for years to come.
First and foremost, the NCAA levied a $60 million fine, equivalent to roughly one year in football revenue. According to the NCAA, the penalty must be “paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university.”
In addition, the program had to forfeit all victories since 1998, the year allegations against Jerry Sandusky first arose. Consequently, the decision posthumously drops former head football coach Joe Paterno from atop the all-time wins list to fifth overall.
Penn State also faces a five-year probation, a four-year bowl game ban, and a scholarship reduction that will reduce the Nittany Lions’ total to twenty below the FBS limit.
As the Jerry Sandusky scandal begins to near an end, NCAA president Mark Emmert publicly stated that the committee still possesses the right to levy individual sanctions, but was quick remark “There’s nothing in this situation that anyone should feel good about. This is an awful place to be in. It’s not good for anyone.”
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