On Monday, the NCAA announced the penalties that Penn State would receive in response to how the University handled the Jerry Sandusky situation. And if you were a fan of the death penalty being handed out, you will enjoy this.
While the punishment wasn’t exactly the death penalty, it was pretty close. NCAA President, Mark Emmert doled out the following: a 4-year bowl ban, fined $60 million, 90 scholarship reduction, and ALL wins from 1998-2011 will be vacated. They will also be on probation for the next 5 years. The school must also release any athlete from scholarship that would like to transfer to another institution, without penalty. So any incoming freshman who signed a letter of intent recently are allowed to transfer. Anywhere.
Many people were questioning that the NCAA were handing out penalties without what they were calling, due process. I’m not sure what other type of evidence they need in this situation and Penn State was already aware of the penalties that were coming The University signed an agreement with the NCAA on Sunday accepting them.
The scholarship reduction and 4-year bowl ban was basically the nail in the coffin for the Nittany Lions. They are now only 3 scholarships above the maximum of Division 1-A school. And what player wants to stick around with a program who can’t play in post season for four years. Joe Paterno’s win record also just went out the window. With the vacating of all wins from 1998-2011, it removes 111 wins from the program. Paterno did sit atop of the list and now isn’t anywhere close to being at the top. Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden now overpasses him.
The removal of the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium was basically a very fitting prelude to what just happen to Penn State. The school’s saying, “We are Penn State” just turned into, “We were Penn State.”
The B1G is also planning on handing on discipline on Monday and will update when news breaks.
*UPDATE* – The B1G has announced that Penn State will be deemed ineligible for conference revenue on bowl games for the next four years.