It may not be the death penalty, but it’s probably the next closest thing.
Monday morning, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced the punishments being handed down on Penn State University stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.
Here’s an outline of those punishments…
- 4 year bowl ban equating to losses in the millions of dollars.
- The loss of 20 total scholarship and 10 annual scholarships over the next four years.
- $60 million dollar fine that will go to charity benefiting children who were victims of sex abuse.
- 5 years of probation.
- Vacating wins from 1998-2011. This means that Joe Paterno also goes from 409 career coaching wins to 298 dropping him to 12th on the all-time list. Bobby Bowden now takes over the all-time wins mark.
In addition the NCAA also announced that Penn State players can transfer to other universities without penalty (meaning they won’t have to sit out a year or lose a year of eligibility).
The NCAA did not launch their own internal investigation on the matter as Emmert acknowledged that the Freeh report was more extensive than any investigation they could’ve conducted. Penn State will also not appeal the punishments.
Furthermore the Big Ten also announced in a conference call later Monday morning that Penn State will not be able to play for the Big Ten Championship and that the money Penn State would’ve made there will also be donated to charity.
You combine these loses with the fact that Penn State will be stricken with monumental civil lawsuits and you have a program that will essentially be crippled for years to come.
Ref: CBS Sports