Post by CMF Newsman on Jul 24, 2012 5:45:46 GMT -5
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The epic fall from grace that Penn State and Joe Paterno have endured in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal received devastating official sanction Monday when the NCAA, in a series of harsh and unprecedented penalties, fined the university $60 million, hamstrung its football program for the near future, and significantly diminished the late coach's place in history.
In addition to the substantial financial penalty, Penn State will be banned from postseason bowl play for four years and stripped of 10 football scholarships per year for four years. More surprising, the Nittany Lions also must vacate all victories from 1998 through 2011, meaning Paterno, the school's head coach for 46 years before his dismissal in November, no longer ranks as major-college football's winningest coach.
"Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing, and protecting young people," NCAA President Mark Emmert said at an Indianapolis news conference.