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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  • by JJ Location: GJ on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM
    I find the penalties against Penn acceptable but they could have been tougher and I would have felt that to be okay as well. Those that argue they are too harsh get no sympathy from me. The entire program showed total lack of concern for young people and the results of the Sandusky trial support my thoughts. If they would have banned the progrm entirely for a minimum of 10 years I would have applauded that as well. Time for these high and mighty institutions hold themselves accountable and accept any and all penalties.
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      by Yes on Jul 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM in reply to JJ
      I agree with your comment, but it's hard to single out those responsible without punishing everyone. I think the death penalty for the football program would have punished people who had nothing to do with the crimes or the cover-ups. The 60 million dollar fine falls into the lap of the people of the Commonwealth...
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        by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 09:19 AM in reply to Yes
        They are still punishing the players who did nothing wrong. The ones who worked hard for the winning seasons, "Punish the guilty", do not make more victims from the innocent.
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