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Penn State Sanctions


Monday morning, July 23rd, 2012, will be remembered as the day the NCAA enforced all their will upon the Penn State University.

After an investigation conducted by former F.B.I agent Louis Freeh, which included extensive insight on the involvement, or lack of, President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Tim Curley , and - once praised – former coach Joe Paterno had in the sexual abuse Jerry Sandusky had with 10 boys, usually in the Athletic Department.

In June, Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 child abuse charges that will most likely leave him in prison until his death.

Penn State merchandise Mark Emmert, President of the NCAA, and Ed Ray, Executive Committee chair member, held a press conference this morning at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis to reveal the sanctions the NCAA will hand down to the Penn State football program.

Ed Ray began by saying ” There has been much speculation on whether or not the NCAA has the authority to impose any type of penalty related to Penn State. This egregious behavior not only goes against our rules and constitution, but also against our values.” This statement led to what many could believe is worse than the so-called “Death Penalty”.

The Penn State football program will face a 5 year probation, and will have to donate $60 million to an ”endowment for programs preventing child sexual abuse and/or assisting the victims of child sexual abuse”. These donations can not be towards the University’s own programs. The $60 million is equivalent to the football program’s annual gross revenue.

Along with those sanctions, Penn State must vacate all wins from the 1998-2011 seasons, and will be accounted towards Joe Paterno’s record, which in this case, results in the loss of 111 victories.

The most damaging of all sanctions may be the 4-year postseason ban, and the loss of scholarships – 10 initial, 20 total scholarships over a 4-year period.

With those sanctions, Penn State student-athletes will be able to transfer without sitting out a year. As for student-athletes who wish not to transfer, but decide they do not want to play football anymore for the program, they are allowed to retain their scholarship, so they can continue their academic work.

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The revelations of these scandals were continually cited by Mark Emmert as being “unprecedented”, allowing for a unprecedented approach to the situation. That approach of being no NCAA initiated investigation, but instead relying on the report Louis Freeh conducted on the Penn State program.

Mark Emmert went on to say they (the NCAA) are still holding authority to act on any individuals that took action in the decade-long scandal that took place at the university.

These sanctions, as mentioned above, could be more detrimental to the program than the proverbial “Death Penalty”, leaving others comparing the future of Penn State football to the present-day Indiana football program.

The NCAA was always perceived as an institution that lacked disciplinary integrity, and would overreact on actions student-athletes took, such as selling sports memorabilia. With the revelations that took place this morning, many believe the NCAA, mainly Mark Emmert, took action that has been lacked by the institution. With the recent sanctions delivered, this could result in a different approach the NCAA will take to their work on setting forth the rules. Hopefully the Penn State incident is “unprecedented” and no more children will have to endure the pain they went through, that could have been minimized, or , even better, stopped by the monster that is known as Jerry Sandusky, and the four administrators that blindly turned their shoulder the other way.

By Jacob Anstey
BigTen-Fans.com Staff Writer


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