NCAA bans Penn State from bowl games for 4 years, $60 million fine

Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:23am EDT

Buildings are seen on the campus of Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania July 11, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Buildings are seen on the campus of Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania July 11, 2012.

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(Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Monday banned Penn State University from post-season bowl games for four years, fined the university $60 million and imposed other sanctions in an unprecedented punishment for its inaction when officials were alerted to child sex abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

At a news conference in Indianapolis, NCAA Mark Emmert said Penn State football scholarships would be reduced to 15 from 25 and team wins would be vacated from 1998-2011.

The governing body for U.S. college sports opted not to levy the so-called "death penalty" that would eliminate an entire season or more for the scandal-scarred football program.

In June, Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. This month, former FBI director Louis Freeh released a report that criticized longtime head football coach Joe Paterno for his role in protecting Sandusky, and the school's image, at the expense of Sandusky's young victims.

(writing by Dan Burns and Barbara Goldberg)

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Comments (11)
sidevalve wrote:
so that is the penalty for covering up years of anal rape? Other colleges have had worse done to them for alot less than rape…

Jul 23, 2012 9:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jane33w wrote:
Excuse me, but Penn State wasn’t alerted by Jerry Sandusky about anything. Contrary to your headline.

Jul 23, 2012 9:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jane33w wrote:
Excuse me, but Penn State wasn’t alerted by Jerry Sandusky about anything. Contrary to your headline.

Jul 23, 2012 9:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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