GETPlugged: Penn State Hit Hard With NCAA Sanctions

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA delivered severe blows to Penn State and its football program Monday, further condemnations of the actions of university officials in the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

NCAA president Mark Emmert announced during a news conference at the organization’s headquarters that Penn State will be banned from bowl games for four years, will lose 10 football scholarships per year for four years and must pay $60 million in fines, which will go toward a fund for victims of child abuse. Penn State will be placed on probation for five years.

Read full article after the jumpIn addition, all of Penn State’s victories from 1998 through 2001 will be vacated. Coach Joe Paterno’s record will reflect the vacated victories, meaning he no longer technically will be the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach.

Penn State was not given the NCAA “death penalty,” a punishment that would have shut down the football program for a period of time and was championed by some.

The process by which Penn State is being punished steps outside the usual realm of NCAA enforcement.

The NCAA typically investigates a potential major violation and sends a notice of allegations to the institution, which has 90 days to respond. The case usually moves toward a hearing in front of the Committee of Infractions, which releases a report on its findings 8-12 weeks after it reaches a conclusion.

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