From this day forward, Joe Paterno’s final win is Penn State’s 35-10 victory over Wisconsin on Nov. 22, 1997. That’s the case because Mark Emmert and the NCAA vacated all of Penn State’s victories from 1998-2011 as part of their sanctions against the school in the wake of the Freeh Report findings. @Ben_Jones88 tweeted a photo of the game program from that now historical1997 game, and, interestingly enough, its headline reads: “End of the Line.” See the photo in this post.
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.
The Penn State football family is a tight one. Current and former players hit Twitter on Monday to offer their feelings on the NCAA’s stiff punishments, which included vacating wins from 1998-2011, a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban and the loss of 10 scholarships each of the next four seasons. See all the best tweets, including one from former running back and current Washington Redskin Evan Royster, in this post.
BTN covered Monday’s news conference and reaction. Our on-air guests included: University of Iowa President Sally Mason, New York Times reporter Pete Thamel, Yahoo! Sports columnist Pat Forde, former Penn State players including quarterback Michael Robinson as well as writers Mike DeCourcy (The Sporting News), Ron Musselman (statecollege.com), David Jones (Harrisburg Patriot-News) and others. Find all of our videos from today’s coverage in one place.