Unprecedented Punishment for Penn State University

By Scott Sarvay
By Eric Clabaugh

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - It's not the death penalty, but Penn State University was punished harshly by the NCAA Monday morning. This after a scathing report by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh found that former Penn State coach, Joe Paterno and three other top Penn State administrators concealed allegations of child sexual abuse made against Jerry Sandusky.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Monday morning that the school will face the following sanctions:
• $60 million fine
• Four year postseason ban
• School must vacate all wins date to 1998
• 20 scholarships a year for four years

Emmert says the fine, which is the equivalent of what the football program makes in one year, “must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university.”

“No price the NCAA can levy will repair the damage inflicted by Jerry Sandusky on his victims,” Emmert added.

Joe Paterno, due to the vacated wins, is no longer the NCAA Football’s winningest coach. The school is vacating 112 wins which knocks Paterno down to 12th all time.

The school will also serve five years probation and must follow a number of other steps set in place by the NCAA.

University of Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley reacted to the sanctions handed down Monday morning. He says the sex abuse scandal at Penn State was the single worst string of events involving college athletics that he has seen in a storied coaching career. He, like many people Indiana’s NewsCenter spoke with Monday, thought the punishment focused too much on the current players.

“I'd rather them [current football players] have a chance to compete and go on. Double the fine, you know, more than $60 million. Make it more. Anything to hurt kids I'm not in favor of, but not my call.”

Donley says he believes the University of Saint Francis has the institutional controls in place that would not allow for a similar situation to occur on its campus.

To read more details about the Penn State punishment, click here.

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