Penn State reeling from NCAA penalties

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- One Penn State freshman says of today's sanctions from the NCAA, "You knew it was coming, but it was hard to hear."

Matt Bray was among a group of students and alumni at a student union on campus who gasped and groaned as they watched TV coverage of today's announcement.

The governing body of college sports imposed a mountain of fines and penalties on the football program, in response to the sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky -- who has been convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. An investigation found that former coach Joe Paterno and several other top officials at Penn State had stayed quiet about the accusations against Sandusky.

The NCAA hit Penn State with $60 million in fines, and banned the football team from post-season play for four years. Scholarships will be capped at 20 percent below the normal limit for that time.

And 14 years of victories by Paterno, the coach with the most wins in college football history, are being wiped off the books. That means that former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will hold the top spot with 377 major-college wins, while Paterno will be credited with 298.

Players left a team meeting today without talking to reporters.


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