NCAA Erases Paterno Victories, Issues Penn State Bowl Ban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the "death penalty" -- shutting down the Nittany Lions' program completely -- the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.

Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus.

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  • by Mark Location: Mason on Jul 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    I agree with Mary Jo from Mason. Every that knew about should be put behind bars with Sandusky. I wonder how many people knew about these horrible acts. And to think now that the students of Penn state will suffer just as much as the students that were assulted. Just one big mess.
  • by Mary Jo Location: Mason on Jul 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    Every individual who had knowledge of this despicable behavior should go to prison along with Sandusky. Only then, those victims may find justice.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    Dawn, Joe and the D. coordinator Sandusky were the ones winning those games. Don't be so naieve about it. They conspired, along with other University Officals, to cover up, hide, and lie about what was going on for nearly 15 years. Not hard to comprehend and as far as the players, so is just a game. What papa Joe as you call him did was ruin the lives of so many children and if you believe in karma, Penn State got what they deserved.
  • by Dawn Location: Holt on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    I agree with the fines but I don't think they should take away the wins it was the players that won those games not papa Joe so it is like they are punishing the players not just the school..........
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      by SpartyGirl on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM in reply to Dawn
      It's Joe Pa who has gotten the main accolades for those wins - he was the face of the team for all those wins. He does not deserve to be the "winningest coach in NCAA football" when he allowed despicable abuse to go on, right under his nose, in campus/football facility buildings. The players on NCAA football teams don't claim those wins as individuals so, in effect, they "belong" to the coach of the team at the time.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to Dawn
      The players have choices. The kids that were raped didn't. Joe Pa protected a pervert to protect the football program. This was wrong. If he were alive he should be on trial. Stop feeling sorry for anyone. No one is blaming the players, and excuse me a pat on the wrist is not the message to send. How would you feel if one of your kids were raped and the powers that be protected the offender? Bet you would be singing a different tune.
  • by Anonymous Location: East Lansing on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    I presume this will affect the win-loss record of every team that played against Penn State, including MSU.
  • by Woe on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    We make gods out of these coaches and then wonder why they get away with what was done for years. Administrators ,faculty & students should all be held a accountable. Shame on all universities who put such emphasis a winning football team!
  • by James Location: Lansing on Jul 23, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    Not fair for schooling doesn't matter in ten years they will make a movie about this and they will get all there money back and then some
  • by Anonymess on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    How is this local news?!
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      by SpartyGirl on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM in reply to Anonymess
      Because Michigan State University local, and this is not only an NCAA issue but a Big 10 issue - if you remember correctly, that's "our" conference, so it is news to local college football fans. Not to mention it's a HUGE story overall.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    Sorry but it seems that they deserved what they got. These guys covered up Sandusky for years. Seems to me this should scare the hell out of all sports programs that have protected players, and staff over the years. Your day may be comming.
  • by Charles Location: Jackson on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    Sorry but Penn State Football should have been shut down after this. The fine is pocket change for a school that averages over 1 billion dollars a year. I think the so called death penalty is what they should have received.
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      by Charles on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:24 AM in reply to Charles
      Another thing i think should be done is the money that they are fined be given to a charity that works with abused children.
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        by Aimee on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM in reply to Charles
        The money is to set up a fund for the children that were abused.
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