NCAA Puts the Hammer Down on Penn State
But he might as well have.
Penn State will be fined $60 million—an entire season's revenue—lose 10 initial scholarships and 20 total over the next four years, it is unable to make a conference championship or the postseason for four years, and it is placed on probation for five years.
In addition, all wins from 1998-2011 have been vacated, leaving Joe Paterno with 298 total victories and fifth on the all-time Division-I list.
All money from the $60 million fine will go to various organizations against sexual child abuse.
It was said yesterday that Emmert would have full control on the final decision, which did not have to go through the rest of the committee or Penn State itself. Reports stated that he'd refrain from resorting to the "death penalty," but would use unprecedented, non-traditional penalties.
“As we evaluated the situation, the victims affected by Jerry Sandusky and the efforts by many to conceal his crimes informed our actions,” said Emmert. “At our core, we are educators. Penn State leadership lost sight of that."
I once believed that the NCAA would either have to stay out or implement the "death penalty" and just kill the program, because I figured there was nothing else it could do to reflect the magnitude and severity of the victims.
I was obviously wrong.
Penn State football will not be relevant for the next decade at the very least. Will it ever recover is a valid question to be asked. Another good one is whether or not the Big Ten will decide to detach itself from the program, leaving it without a home (and who would want to take it in?).
Emmert took care of the issue within the football walls. He did an incredible job with a decision that could not be taken lightly.
But let's not forget about the reason this has happened in the first place. Penn State is being punished for turning its head during a time of need for the abuse victims—we need to remember that this is for them.
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