INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State football never will be the same. Not after today. Not after NCAA czar Mark Emmert strolled to the dais in the Palmer E. Pierce Room in the NCAA headquarters early on this Monday morning and delivered Penn State’s punishment for covering up the atrocities of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.
The NCAA dealt a series of heavy blows to the Penn State football program less than two weeks after a devastating report accused Joe Paterno and other top university officials of concealing child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant coach. The NCAA sanctions include a $60 million fine with funds to be used for an endowment for non-university programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims as well as a dramatic cut in football scholarships.
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.
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.