The NCAA president, Mark Emmert said this with a straight face, "Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing, and protecting young people." He forgot to add, "until the season starts up in August."
Penn State Sanctions: School fined $60 million, must vacate all wins back to 1998
Penn State's football program was spared the so-called "death penalty" on Monday, but the university was nonetheless hit with an unprecedented host of sanctions, including a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, and the vacation of all wins dating back to 1998.
The penalties also include the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and a five-year probationary period. The NCAA likewise announced that any current or incoming football players will be free to immediately transfer and compete at another school, a decision that is sure to deplete the Nittany Lions squad moving forward.
"In the Penn State case, the results were perverse and unconscionable," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "No price the NCAA can levy with repair the damage inflicted by Jerry Sandusky on his victims." Sanduksy, the team's former defensive coordinator, was convicted last month of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
The $60 million—a total worth roughly the annual gross revenue of the school's football team—will go toward "an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims," and cannot be used to pay for such programs at the university itself.
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