Penn State Hit With $60M Fine, Other Sanctions
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WENY) -- The NCAA today issued harsh sanctions to Penn State football, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The sanctions are severe and unprecedented. Penn State football is banned from post-season bowl games for four years, followed by five years probation. The NCAA also levied a $60 million dollar fine, with the money going to programs to prevent child abuse and assist victims. And all wins from 1998 to 2011 are vacated... Meaning Joe Paterno is no longer the winningest coach in college football history.
But the NCAA didn't institute the so-called "death penalty" that would have suspended the football program.
"Suspension of the football program would bring with it significant unintended harm to many who have nothing to do with this case," said NCAA President Mark Emmert.
The punishment comes a day after Penn State removed the iconic Paterno statue outside the stadium.
Penn State accepted the NCAA penalties, and agreed not to appeal.