The NCAA just levied an unprecedented series of sanctions and penalties on Penn State today in the wake of the Freeh report.
Mark Emmert announced the tough sanctions in a press conference in Indianapolis.
“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” Emmert said.
The embattled University was fined 60 million, which will be donated to various charitable organizations across the nation.
The football team will lose 20 scholarships per year over the next four years. The NCAA will allow current players and incoming freshman to transfer and immediately compete at another University.
The team will also receive a four year post season ban and five years on probation. Incoming freshman will likely not compete in a bowl during their tenure or compete while not on probation.
Penn St will be capped at 65 scholarship players within a few seasons. Without sanctions, Penn State would be able to carry 85 players on scholarship.
Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary head coach, was also hit hard as all victories from 1998-2011 will be vacated. That is 112 wins over a 14 year period. Joe Pa will lose 111 victories, current head coach, Bill O’ Brien, will lose one victory.
Paterno is no longer the all-time winningest coach in the NCAA’s history. Former Florida State head coach, Bobby Bowden will assume the Division one top spot. The record reflects that Paterno now has 298 wins.
Paterno is down to eighth on the list now.
Many, in the media and around the nation, were calling for Penn State football to be completely shut down for at least one year, or in short, receive the “death penalty” that was bequeathed to SMU several years ago.
Emmert said the NCAA considered the “death penalty” but stopped short, though the instituted penalties may have the same effects of a death penalty.
Penn State has already agreed to not fight the sanctions.
Emmert said the university and the NCAA have signed a consent decree. Basically, Penn State will accept the hemlock willingly.
“This case is obviously incredibly unprecedented in every aspect of it, as are these actions that we’re taking today.”