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Penn State campus, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced sanctions resulting from the football program’s role in the sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky.

“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” Emmert said during a press conference that lasted approximately 45 minutes.

Penn State Punishments:

  • $60 million fine, representing approximately one year of football revenues. These funds will go to child sex abuse awareness programs.
  • 4-year bowl game ban.
  • Scholarship reduction, cap lasting four years.
  • Any entering, returning football student athlete can transfer immediately. Presuming academic requirements are met, these potential transfers can play immediately.
  • PSU vacates all wins from 1998-2011. The loss of 111 career wins drops Joe Paterno from atop the all-time wins list to 12th.
  • PSU begins a five-year probationary period, with the NCAA reserving the right to implement further punishments.

“For the next several years PSU can focus on rebuilding its athletic culture, not worrying about whether it’s going to a bowl game,” Emmert said as he explained the rationale for this set of sanctions.

What do you think? Was this harsh enough?

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