Big Ten Conference Censures Penn State

Shortly after the NCAA released its list of sanctions, the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors released a statement with its additional penalties for Penn State. You can read the punishments in this post. The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors Chair and University of Iowa President Sally Mason and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany explained the sanctions and took questions in a Monday morning teleconference on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch both videos in this post.

[ Penn State football family reacts to sanctions on Twitter]

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Among the penalties, the Big Ten says Penn State will not be allowed to share in the conference’s bowl revenues while it is banned from the postseason by the NCAA. Here are the conference’s additional sanctions on Penn State:

  • Censure:  The accepted findings support the conclusion that our colleagues at Penn State, individuals that we have known and with whom we have worked for many years, have egregiously failed on many levels—morally, ethically and potentially criminally.  They have failed their great university, their faculty and staff, their students and alumni, their community and state—and they have failed their fellow member institutions in the Big Ten Conference.  For these failures, committed at the highest level of the institution, we hereby condemn this conduct and officially censure Penn State.
  • Probation:  The Big Ten Conference will be a party to the Athletic Integrity Agreement referenced in the NCAA release, and will work closely with the NCAA and Penn State to ensure complete compliance with its provisions over the 5 year term of the Agreement.
  • Ineligibility:  As referenced in the NCAA release, Penn State’s football team will be ineligible for postseason bowl games.  It will also be ineligible for Big Ten Conference Championship Games for four years, a period of time that runs concurrently with the NCAA postseason bowl ban imposed this morning.
  • Fine:  Because Penn State will be ineligible for bowl games for the next four years, it will therefore be ineligible to receive its share of Big Ten Conference bowl revenues over those same four years.  That money, estimated to be approximately $13 million, will be donated to established charitable organizations in Big Ten communities dedicated to the protection of children.

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You can listen to the entire audio below, too.

Penn State president Rodney Erickson took over as Penn State president after Graham Spanier was fired as part of this scandal. Erickson released a statement after the Monday’s findings were announced. In part, it reads:

“The tragedy of child sexual abuse that occurred at our University altered the lives of innocent children. Today, as every day, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse. gainst this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA. With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward.”

[Read the full statement from Penn State president Rodney Erickson.]


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Jules on 7/23/2012 @ 11:03am EDT Said:

Not even taking away their TV money? That seems like a big oversight.

paul on 7/23/2012 @ 11:18am EDT Said:

Amen Jules. They should receive no TV money period? Nor should they be allowed on TV. Seems like no one thought of it.

Jeff Lorow (@JeffLorow) on 7/23/2012 @ 11:19am EDT Said:

Since Penn State is not eligible for the Big Ten Championship, doesn’t that effectively reduce the Big Ten to 11 teams, making them ineligible for a championship game?

Josh Ditton on 7/23/2012 @ 11:25am EDT Said:

I don’t think so, because Penn State will still be competing in football. The wins/losses will happen this year, the only way it wouldn’t is if the NCAA had handed down the ‘death penalty’ and killed the program for a year or more.

Furthermore, Ohio is not eligible this year for the BTCG, so effectively we’re at 10 for 2012. Wisconsin looks like it’s got a cakewalk to the title game with Ohio and PSU out of the running.

Bill Hall on 7/23/2012 @ 11:34am EDT Said:

Josh, when did Ohio University join the Big Ten?

GoBlue on 7/23/2012 @ 11:35am EDT Said:

If that’s the case, it reduces the B1G to 10 teams because Ohio State is not eligible for the championship game either.

Terry R on 7/23/2012 @ 11:52am EDT Said:

Josh…I believe you’re forgetting about MSU. There’s no “cakewalks” going through East Lansing!

Jules on 7/23/2012 @ 11:55am EDT Said:

Terry, MSU is not in the same division as Wisconsin.

Illiniboiler on 7/23/2012 @ 12:06pm EDT Said:

Tv Contracts are legally binding and cannot be broken so PSU has to play the games and receive the TV revenue I believe.

Mike on 7/23/2012 @ 12:24pm EDT Said:

I agree they need to be ban from TV, and receive no TV money. As for the Title game, the conference is eligible to play a Title Game as there are 12 teams in the conference, their individual eligibility to play in the game has no bearing on if it can be held. As for the comment about Wisconsin having a cake walk to the title game…..I must have missed something, as Wisconsin still plays Ohio State, along with Michigan State…granted both are in Camp Randall, but they also travel to Nebraska… and if anything has rung true about the Big Ten any team can beat any other team in the conference no matter how bad a year they are having. They Play Michigan State on 10/27/12, and Ohio State on 11/17/12, ending at Penn State… So your quote “cake walk” doesn’t seem that easy now atleast to me

    Jules on 7/23/2012 @ 12:30pm EDT Said:

    Mike, the fact that they play difficult teams means nothing towards getting to the title game. They could end up 3rd in their division and still end up in the title game. That’s the point.

Stephen on 7/23/2012 @ 12:48pm EDT Said:

You said: “Not even taking away their TV money? That seems like a big oversight”

I believe because of the way the conference is set up, THEY no longer have TV money. The CONFERENCE has TV money. They divi out equal shares to all members regardless of appearances or rankings. It is an integral part of being in the conference. PSU gets no more and no less that the last place finisher I believe.

Lance on 7/23/2012 @ 1:37pm EDT Said:

Banning PSU from TV punishes other schools as much as it punishes PSU. For example, Wisconsin’s last game each year wouldn’t be on TV – which could potentially hurt recruiting. The Leaders division teams would all have one less TV game than three of the Legends division teams, which could give the Legends a competitive recruiting advantage. So no TV ban is the right call, in my opinion

Dave on 7/23/2012 @ 3:11pm EDT Said:

Since Penn State is banned from TV, then I boycott the Big Ten Network. No veiwership from me. You are punishing the wrong people. These players and the current coaches had nothing to do with this. THIS IS WRONG!!!!!! staff on 7/23/2012 @ 3:14pm EDT Said:

    Dave, Penn State is not banned from TV appearances as part of any of these sanctions. Hope that clears things up.

Scott on 7/23/2012 @ 5:15pm EDT Said:

Wow…let’s make certain we punish Penn State, that they pay a hefty price, that the program is crippled for years, but not at the expense of Wisconsin, MSU, or any other BIG Team!!! Here’s an idea…how ’bout we just shut the whole place down!!!

Funny how the string is about TV contracts, Championship Games, who gets how much money and why. As opposed to the alleged occurrences, with the exception of those crimes for which Mr. Sandusky has been adjudged guilty, and society’s and the NCAA’s reaction to those allegations.

The culture @ Penn State has been changed!! The individuals allegedly, yes allegedly accused, with the exception of Jerry Sandusky, have all been removed or died and/or are awaiting their day in Court. To date, all known information comes from the Sandusky trial and the Freeh Report which is a document based on the interpretation of the information and documents reviewed. In short, it is Mr. Freeh’s opinion which he was retained to report. His report in no way however, is the definitive document on the occurrences over the last number of years as many of the major “players”, i.e. Spanier, Sandusky, Curly, Schultze, Paterno, McQueary, or any of the victims were contacted or interviewed.

It is all our hopes that as these trial progress, the whole truth, or as close to the whole truth as possible will become known. What is happening now, the vehement, emotional reaction is understandable. What Mr. Sandusky did is unforgivable and what is alleged to have happened, if found to be in fact true, unforgivable also. To damn first the Institution, then the individuals who have yet to defend themselves or who are no longer on this earth to do so, seems a bit like the cart before horse. We all still walk by several Roman Catholic Church’s and not brand all associated as “Child Molesters.” Just as we all walk by Public Schools, Little League Fields, Parks, our own neighborhoods where similar allegations have been made, proven to be true, and dealt with according to our law. Yet in the case of Penn State and Joe Paterno, the hell with all that….let’s just grab a rope and string ’em up!!!

PeggyMSU on 7/25/2012 @ 5:43pm EDT Said:

Shame on you Big Ten for jumping on the “punish the football team” bandwagon. The current football players and coaches did not abuse children. They did not cover up the abuse of children. They were not part of a conspiracy to cover up the abuse of children. The current players were barely in middle school when the CRIMES were committed.

If this had any connection to misconduct by the players, I would agree with the sanctions, but the players didn’t commit any crimes. The actual abuse did not occur within the program. The football players at Penn State are well-spoken, educated young men. They rank in the top of students who graduate with a degree. So what did they do to deserve punishment?

Once you read past the fines, removal of games, and game sanctions, the NCAA finally gets to the real issue, prevention of this situation again. Education of what to look for and report. A safe place to report. Why isn’t anyone talking about this?

As a Spartan, I am saddened that we think so little of the student-athletes. The same student-athletes who give their time to worthy causes, trying to make this world a better place.

Shame on you Big Ten.

Ian on 7/29/2012 @ 11:22am EDT Said:

Give Penn St what they really deserve and boot them from the big ten.