Mistermix already touched on this, but the breadth of the NCAA sanctions is pretty impressive:
The N.C.A.A. announced significant penalties against Penn State and its football program Monday, including a $60 million fine and a four-year postseason ban, in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal involving the former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The N.C.A.A. stopped short of shutting down Penn State’s program, but officials insisted that the breadth and significance of the penalties were nearly as debilitating. It is expected to be almost a decade before Penn State will be in a position to attempt to regain its place as one of the sport’s elite programs.
The punishment also included the loss of 10 scholarships per year for the next four years, with a limit of 65 total scholarship players on the roster, as opposed to the typical 85, by the 2014 season. The university must also vacate all of its victories from 1998 to 2011, meaning that Joe Paterno is no longer the major-college career leader in football wins.
In announcing the penalties, Mark Emmert, the N.C.A.A. president, called the case the most painful “chapter in the history of intercollegiate athletics,” and said it could be argued that the punishment was “greater than any other seen in N.C.A.A. history.”
There are a number of other more minor penalties, but this should be the end of the Paterno worship. He’s being wiped from the record books, his statue was removed yesterday, and the NCAA with the consent of the PSU administration is basically shunning Paterno and casting him out of the community. There will be a couple anonymous cranky trustees who will piss and moan, some misguided undergrads holding public vigils, and some more self-serving bullshit from the Paterno family, but the message is clear. Joe Paterno was no role model or hero.
Speaking of the trustees, tell me this jackass doesn’t sound like one of our Wall Street betters whining about regulation in the aftermath of another bankster led crash:
The NCAA is taking unprecedented measures with the decision to penalize Penn State without the due process of a Committee on Infractions hearing.
The NCAA has a system in place in which it conducts its own investigations, issues a notice of allegations and then allows the university 90 days to respond before a hearing is scheduled.
Following the hearing, the Infractions Committee then usually takes a minimum of six weeks, but it can take upwards of a year to issue its findings.
But in the case of Penn State, the NCAA appears to be using the Freeh report — commissioned by the school’s board of trustees — instead of its own investigation, before handing down sanctions.
“Unbelievable,” said a Penn State trustee informed of the NCAA statement, speaking to ESPN.com senior writer Don Van Natta Jr. “Unbelievable, unbelievable.”
The Penn State trustees’ hope that the statue’s removal might send a positive message was trumped by the NCAA, which had already decided.
“Emmert has been given full reign by the pansy presidents (at other universities) to make his own decision,” said the trustee, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He has been given the authority to impose these unprecedented sanctions. It’s horrible.”
What kind of twisted thought process would lead anyone to think that the removal of the statue was penance enough? This is the equivalent of thinking that removing the Wall Street bull would keep congress from writing Dodd/Frank.
At any rate, the trustees can hire all the lawyers they want and whine all they want, this punishment will stick. Penn State signed an agreement with the NCAA, they endorsed the Freeh report, the NCAA accepted the Freeh report, and they acted. Done. Finished. As it should be.