Penn State Links: National Voices Sound Off

Mark Emmert and the NCAA came down hard on Penn State on Monday. The penalties were as severe as we’ve ever seen in college athletics, ranging from a $60 million fine to a four-year postseason ban. Read the AP story on all of the NCAA sanctions. As expected, the national media had much to say about the penalties and what they mean for the future of Penn State football. You can find a collection of reaction stories in this post.

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O'Brien, Penn State Athletics React

Acting Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien released statements Monday reacting to Monday’s news from the NCAA. Joyner stressed the importance of begin entrusted with young people while O’Brien stressed he is committed to Penn State for the long term.

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Twitter: Track Reaction to Penn State Sanctions

NCAA president Mark Emmert handed down Penn State’s punishment for the school’s child sex-abuse scandal and coverup allegations Monday morning in Indianapolis. The punishments were stiff, to say the least. Among them: a $60 million fine and a four-year postseason ban. Read AP story.

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NCAA Penalties Coming for Penn State Football

The NCAA announced that it will levy “corrective and punitive measures” against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal and coverup allegations, and those measures will be spelled out in a 9 a.m. ET Monday press conference with NCAA President Mark Emmert and Ed Ray, the chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee (read more details here).

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Paterno Statue Removed; NCAA to Levy Penalties

The famed statue of Penn State coach Joe Paterno outside the Penn State’s football stadium was taken down and put in storage Sunday morning, and the plaques and letters on the walls behind it are gone, too. Read the full story here and watch all of our video clips from Sunday here, including reaction from BTN’s Howard Griffith and Glen Mason. And be sure to read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s column where he says this is clearly the right thing to do.

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