Penn St fined $60M, wins vacated from '98-11

By: RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press
By: RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the "death penalty" - shutting down the Nittany Lions' program completely - the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.

Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    I think I figured something out. Title of the article: Penn State FINED 60M dollars. The only way to punish someone is to get their money! That's why we can't descipline kids. They have no money! We must raise kids up as selfish bums so they will make money for us to take away. Money, money, money, nothing else matters! These kids who were abused are fixing to get all better because they will now have MONEY! Time is not the great healer. It's MONEY! Wonder why I don't feel better now?
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      by John Q on Jul 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM in reply to
      Probably because you don't have money.....
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      by Joey on Jul 24, 2012 at 07:31 PM in reply to
      I don't believe the purpose and function of the endowment will involve trying to make victims feel better by doling out checks to them. I also don't believe (as you say) that you "figured something out". Not at all. Rather, I believe you just made something up. Again.
  • by x on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    Penn State no wonder nuff said
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    You want to know where the $60 million will go? I'd tell you, but you can find out for yourself. Check out ESPN or one of the national news channels. Officials at Penn State covered for Sandusky for over a decade in order to protect their football program, it's reputation AND the vast amounts of money it genrated for the school. Had they dealt with it upfront they would have taken somewhat of a public relations hit, but after the initial shock, they would have been admired for helping put Sandusky in prison, where he belongs. The current football players and new recruits can go eleswhere, if they choose. Are they hurt by the NCAA decison? Perhaps. But don't put that off on the NCAA. It was Sandusky, Paterno, the and Administartion at PSU that is to blame for this mess. And what has the NCAA accomplished? Maybe nothing more than send a message to every other University in the country. Oh and BTW, those games that were forfeited...they may have been played, but they weren't won, unless one regards winning as turning a blind eye to sickening abuse of children so you can fill some seats and fill your pocketbook by putting points on a scoreboard. PSU still has a football program. Are those who run it and support it going to be a bunch of crybabies over the NCAA? Or are they going to be men and help rebuild the program (and University) to greatness? Sorry, but using the NCAA as some kind of scapegoat for your problems is what a blubbering loser would do.
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      by John Q on Jul 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM in reply to Joey
      The point is the NCAA's decision is nothing more than an attempt to placate the public. Sandusky is going to the pen for the rest of his rotten life (I hope) and Paterno is also gone. Forfeiting his wins from 98-2011 may remove him from the record book as the coach with the most wins but whoever does get that honor will forever have a * by their name because of Paterno. The 60 million that is allegedly going to be given to fund an external program for child sexual abuse will probably wind up being placed into a trust fund of some sort managed and controlled by Penn State and only funding out a small portion of the 60 million principal over a period of years (like the lottery)until that amount is reached and then the principal goes back into the College general fund. And what about the other higher ups? Tim Curly (former AD), Gary Schultz (former senior vice president), and Graham Spanier (former university president)? I have yet to see much in the news about their parts in this cover up. And ALL three were Paterno's bosses. The media has been quick to crucify Paterno for his part in this (and rightly so) but these other yoyo's need to be tried and convicted in the Court of Public opinion as well. In my book they are just as guilty as Paterno and yet mainstream media has so far just given them a free pass.
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        by Joey on Jul 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM in reply to John Q
        With respect to Curly et al, I don't believe the mainstream media (whatever that is) has given them a free pass at all. In fact, unless you are a PSU alum or ardent follower, you probably wouldn't even be able to recite their names if it weren't for the coverage by the "mainstream media". Yet, it isn't up to the media, mainstream or otherwise, to exact justice upon them. From what I have heard there very well may be indictments handed down on those you mentioned and others before it is all said and done. Whatveer happens to them is up to the justice system, and if indicted, you can be sure the media will be all over it. With respect to the NCAAs action being nothing more than an effort to placate the public, I would agree that placating the public is a part of it. Afterall, it is a public university, for one. And two, the public is interested and demands action. And BTW, your remark about the fine money is inaccurate. There is to be a $12 million per year paid over five years. It will endow a fund for the purposes for which the endowment has been established, and not be returned to PSU. At least that is what I understand. Is your claim about that $ anything more than speculation?
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          by John Q on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM in reply to Joey
          I must admit I was inaccurate in speculating as to how the 60 million would be doled out. My bad. As for the media not bring the others out into light you must admit that they have not under gone the scrutiny of either Paterno or Sandusky. And truth be told until this story came to light only a Penn State fan or alumni would have known who Sandusky was or what his affiliation to Penn State was. I'm just saying they need the same spotlight shined on them.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM in reply to Joey
          Hmmm. I think Joey in a KXII internal. If you ever write anything that is against him or that he cannot rebutt, it will NOT show up on here!
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          by Joey on Jul 24, 2012 at 07:34 PM in reply to Joey
          To rebut, suggests contradiction. To rebutt involves that which folks must do after laughing their a#3s off after reading your goofy posts.
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      by Milo on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM in reply to Joey
      @ Joey: What a babbling idiot
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        by Joey on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM in reply to Milo
        What an intelligent post. Something one wouldn't normally expect from a grain sorghum.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:35 PM in reply to Joey
          It seems to be an accurate analysis Joey Buttafuoco
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          by Joey on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM in reply to Joey
          Another brilliant post from Anonymous. Time to rebutt.
  • by John Q Location: Texoma on Jul 23, 2012 at 09:02 AM
    So sad. Such a complete and utter waste of time and effort by the NCAA to attempt to bow down and win the favor of public opinion. The $60 million dollar fine goes to who? By rights it should go to the victims. Forfeiting the victories? They are in the past. Nothing said or done will change the way those games were played or won. Forfeiting the new scholarships will only hurt the new class of recruits / students that had nothing to do with Paterno or Sandusky. What has the NCAA actually accomplished by this decision? Nada, Zilch, Nothing. Court of Public Opinion 1, Common Sense 0.
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      by Resident on Jul 23, 2012 at 09:26 AM in reply to John Q
      Got to agree with John taking away past wins means nothing and penalizing future players does no one any good. I would also like to know where the 60 million is going to go, it should go to the victims, I agree with taking down the statue of Paterno and any other relevant references to him or others who participated in the cover up though.
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      by Hates Pervs on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM in reply to John Q
      You are so right John Q. A far better move would have been to donate the money to the Catholic Church and to allow their priests and bishops to assume the helm at Penn State. God only knows that the pope and his pervs would fare much better to cover up any deviant behavior.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 at 08:24 AM
    I think it is Lombardi who is credited with the comment "winnng isn't everything, it's the only thing"! There was another leader who said "You reap what you sow". Another morsel of wisdom from the same source, is that the love of money is the root of all evil. Penn state is fined 60 million dollars. Who gets it? Why is it so important for an institution to have a winning program? It's all about money and has nothing to do with the development of young people. They are merely pawns. The leaders of these programs will confess they cannot be successful by following rules. Their effort is to not be caught or be lawyered up to a level that will get them forgiven! That's what young people are learning. You make the call.
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