Penn State Fined $60 Million By NCAA


The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced its penalties against Penn State University in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State has been fined $60 million, has been banned from postseason play for four years and must vacate all of its wins under coach Joe Paterno from 1998 to 2011.

While the NCAA did not levy the “death penalty” that would have shut down Penn State’s football program, the penalties are harsh enough to mean that it will be years before the Nittany Lions regain their top-ranking position. Penn State players will be allowed to transfer to other universities where they can play immediately, opening the possibility of what the New York Times calls a “mass exodus.”

The NCAA’s penalties also include the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years probation.

The $60 million, which is equivalent to the annual average revenue of Penn State’s football program, 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,” said a statement from the NCAA quoted in ESPN.

Noticeably, the NCAA levied the sanctions without first conducting its own investigation. Going through its traditional infractions process would have meant a wait of at least a year before announcing penalities. ESPN says that, in the case of Penn State and the Sandusky scandal, the NCAA “appeared to use the Freeh report … instead of its own investigation.”

The reportconducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh and commissioned by Penn State’s trustees, found that Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier and other Penn State officials had shown “total disregard” to protect children from abuse bySandusky, who was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse in June.

NCAA president Mark Emmert emphasized that “no price the NCAA can levy will repair the damage inflicted by Jerry Sandusky on his victims.” He stated that “the culture, actions and inactions that allowed them to be victimized will not be tolerated in collegiate athletics” and said that he hoped the NCAA’s sanctions would “reflect the magnitude of these terrible act and ensure Penn State will rebuild an athletic culture that went horribly awry.”

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Prentise Wylie
pre,tpse w5 years ago

And I suppose the NCAA people who charged the school $60 million already has plans ready to activate for its use in " endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university..."?

John De Tellem
John d5 years ago

How far did the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT go against that religious organization that KNEW that their hired help were raping A LOT OF YOUNG BOYS! and then allow those in the know to move those perverts to other places to allow them to molest other young boys!!

Religion can do it but when it is assumed that Jo Pa might have NOT HAVE done something then it is a $60m cost- Get out of my face and take YOUR "in god we trust' off of our money. Their god allowed it to happen and they admit that their god KNOWS ALL so get their god off our money!! That might ALMOST equal the sanctions against Penn State.

And no - I am NOT a Muslim.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you.

Michael Kirkby
.5 years ago

Sadly it took the victims coming forth for this to happen; and for them to have to relive this crime is a terrible thing. That being said let Penn State football program be the fulcrum for re-evaluating all athletic programs throughout the country. There are too many rapes and other episodes of violence perpetrated by these sophomoric privileged boy/men. If the Dean and the faculty are investigated and found to have been complicit or repsonible in any way of covering these types of things up then let the same type of penalty fall on the offending institution and its managing commitees.

Ray M.
Ray M5 years ago

Hip, hip, hooray.

Peggy J.
Peggy Jakopak5 years ago

Punishing the students for people in authority who allowed abuse to happen is kind of like putting a woman in jail after she's been raped, isn't it? Just another stupid decision by the higher ups who didn't put any thought into it. Those coaches didn't win those games - the students did. They worked their asses off in high heat, gave up trips home, gave up social lives, had to sacrifice many things to be players on the team. The earned those accolades and some faceless person on a board somewhere should not punish them instead of the people who deserve to be punished. I am so not a sports person, couldn't care less about football or any other sport, but this is just wrong.

Gina H.
Gina H5 years ago

I agree that Penn State students need to be respected and valued for continuing their education there. The sin lies with the football program and it's supporters. Those responsible for the henious acts and cover-up need to be the ones punished all the way to the top if necessary. Sandusky should be executed along with any proven pedophile to send a message to future pedophiles. All of Sandusky's (and his supporters) material worth should be liquified and put towards recovery of the victims. Children are sacred and they are our future. As for any idiot still supporting Sandusky & cronies, you're the same type of monster if you think his contributions to a freaking football program are more important than the lives ruined.

kay Buie
kay Buie5 years ago

This so-called punishment does little to impact the actual culprits. Taking away scholarships and levying fines only serves to punish the students. The authorities should levy fines against the people who covered the whole thing up. Bar them from ever working with minors. Maybe even hand out a few jail sentences for "accessory to the fact of child molestation" or "aiding and abetting" or whatever. Now THAT would send a message. As it is the fines will probably be taken out of the Humanities Dept.'s coffers which is always the first to suffer cuts. It's just compounding the problem of making the innocent suffer the transgressions of others.

Sandra K.
Sandra T5 years ago

My only thought upon hearing this is this: why the hell are churches & clergy not slammed with ever harsher sanctions than this? They are responsible for sexually abusing thousands of children, yet they get slaps on the wrist. I don't see people talking about boycotting the Catholic church, or any other group for that matter, when sexual abuse allegations come out, or when sexual abuse has been proven in these cases. Why do people not react in the same way when it's religions perpetrating these crimes? It sickens me beyond belief.

Pamela Tracy
Pamela Tracy5 years ago

dont send your kids to penn state.....that will teach these universities to stop abusing students or anyone else that does not like them.........60 million is not enough...about four BIG WHITE MEN SHOULD BE IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES IN PRISON...