INDIANAPOLIS, In. (CBSDC) - The NCAA held a press conference at 9 a.m. Monday to announce penalties to be enforced against Penn State University as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced multiple penalties to be levied against the school and football program, which include a $60 Million fine, to go towards a fund for victims of child abuse, the loss of future scholarships, a bowl ban and the vacating of many victories dating back to 1998, all of which may have the effect of a “death penalty”, which was not delivered.
It was highly speculated prior to the announcement that the school would receive the “death penalty”, a term used to describe the ban of football at a school altogether, but this was not the case.
However, the following penalties were imposed:
- NCAA is imposing a fine of $60 million on the University (equivalent to proceeds of one year) — An endowment will be established to be used around the nation to serve victims of child abuse
- Penn State Football will be banned from bowl games and post season play for 4 years
- Initial scholarship reduced from 25 to 15 per year for four years
- Enter, returning athletes are able to transfer and immediately complete
- NCAA to vacate all wins of the football team from 1998 to 2011 and record will reflect change
- Football program on 5-year probationary period
- NCAA reserve right to initiate an investigation and impose sanctions on individuals
The penalties administered were based around the results of a private investigation spearheaded by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by Penn State University to deliver a report on the handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal by the school. This independent report greatly expedited the process of administering the sanctions, a process that is usually much lengthier when conducted by the NCAA itself. In essence, by the NCAA choosing to accept the Freeh report as its basis for which all punishment would come, the proverbial band-aid was ripped hard and fast.
“No matter what we do here today, there is no action we can take that will remove their pain and anguish,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. He went on to say that the NCAA’s goal was not just to be punitive with the sanctions, but also to ensure that the football program will never again be placed before “educating, nurturing, and protecting young people”.
The president said the possibility of a ‘death penalty’ was heavily debated, but in the long run was not imposed because of the financial implications it may have on the town of State College; and the livelihood of many not directly linked with the program but financially reliant on it.
Former Penn State players have already begun speaking out, such as current Redskins running back Evan Royster:
ah crap… so i lost every college football game i ever played in?—
Evan Royster (@Evan_Royster) July 23, 2012
Most other Washington Redskins were silent on the issue on social media, but Adam Carriker, an alumnus of Nebraska, a Big Ten opponent of Penn State, did have this to say: