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Penn State reportedly won’t appeal any NCAA sanctions

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Tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. ET, NCAA president Mark Emmert will hold a press conference laying out what has already been described as “unprecedented” penalties against the Penn State program following the release of the Freeh report.

The perplexity surrounding the term “unprecedented” is two-fold, both in the sanctions themselves — though the Death Penalty is reportedly not among them — and the path the NCAA took to arrive at the final decision. There was no Notice of Inquiry, no Notice of Allegations, no Committee on Infractions hearing or anything resembling the typical structure under which the NCAA has always operated.

Like the Sandusky scandal itself, there is no template for how the NCAA could possibly handle the situation at Penn State.

However the NCAA does decide to punish the program, Penn State won’t appeal in any way, according to “assurance” given to David Jones of the Patriot-News.

“Penn State is desirous of a positive relationship with the NCAA in the future. I believe the university is also eager to clear the decks of the Sandusky mess with as much dispatch as is possible, especially before fall semester begins,” Jones writes. “I believe the rationale is that contention would only prolong the period before healing can begin.”

That line of thinking would make sense. If the aftermath of the Freeh report has taught us anything, it’s that NCAA ramifications will be the least of Penn State’s concerns moving forward as lawsuits surely await an institution that failed to stop a child molester employee for over a decade.

Fighting the NCAA won’t result in any victory for PSU.

If there’s reason to fight, that is. Speculation through this morning and afternoon has been that Penn State and the NCAA have decided on sanctions in a joint manner, though there’s been no confirmation of that.

But consider this snippet from the NCAA’s website related to charges a program can face:

“However, if an institution agrees with the facts that the investigation has uncovered, the case can enter the summary-disposition process before a notice of allegations is provided. In summary disposition, the school and the enforcement staff agree on the facts and a set of penalties to be imposed; no hearing before the Committee on Infractions is necessary.”

Such a case would bypass the normal NCAA investigative protocol, and indeed that’s what we have here.

What we don’t have yet are answers. How will the NCAA punish Penn State? Bowl bans? Scholarship reductions? Vacated wins? Maybe a TV ban? Given the emphasis put on media and TV deals nowadays, that would be a hard-hitting sanction, but most seem rather fruitless in the grand scheme of things. It’s also equally pointless to even speculate what they’ll be until Emmert announces them tomorrow.

When he does, I think it’s reasonable to presume Penn State will accept them and move on.

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36 Responses to “Penn State reportedly won’t appeal any NCAA sanctions”
  1. dutchman1350 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:22 PM

    Because that would require a set of balls, which PSU board of directors don’t have. They have allowed the media to controls this entire situation. Zero communication from them. #pussies

  2. wmatthew760 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:28 PM

    The whole Sandusky case is tragic. Psu is still clean house. It’s unfair to Penalize the current players that had nothing to do with it. As with this entire case the media pressure is forcing decisions to be made. The NCAA feels like it needed to make a statement . Psu gained no competitive advantage or extra money from this. Yes there needs to be punish ment which will come in the form of. 100’s of civil suites. Costing the school a lot of money. The NCAA plays favorites schools like Miami and USC violate the rules every couple of years ,they are not being punished nearly as hard for their violations. Its a fine line

  3. dutchman1350 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:38 PM

    This is not about players, these sanctions are going to financially weaken a small town. Football weekends provide significant revenue for small businesses.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 22, 2012 8:47 PM

    Burn the university to the ground, for all I care.

    Administrators at an institute of higher learning, willfully covered up the anal raping of young boys, b a member of the football team coaching staff.

    I would think the NCAA can hang their hat on these two little seemingly innocuous rules.

    Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member, which includes any individual who performs work for the institution or the athletics department even if he or she does not receive compensation for such work, may include, but is not limited to, the following: (Revised: 1/10/90,
    1/9/96, 2/22/01, 10/5/10)

    (a) Refusal to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation when requested to do so by the NCAA or the individual’s institution;


    (d) Knowingly furnishing or knowingly influencing others to furnish the NCAA or the individual’s institution false or misleading information concerning an individual’s involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation; (Revised: 1/16/10)

    Penn State should lose their accreditation for violating the Cleary Act.

  5. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 22, 2012 9:04 PM

    They won’t appeal because it’s a rather light punishment.

    It’s either this or the Death Penalty…you choose, Penn State

  6. gmenfan1982 says: Jul 22, 2012 9:13 PM

    Sanctions, bowl bans, and reduced scholarships only hurt the future students and athletes who have nothing to do with the Sandusky crimes and cover-up by penn state officials. Put those involved in jail, that’s the punishment that is deserved.

  7. frug says: Jul 22, 2012 9:18 PM

    According to CBS PSU will be fined between $30 million and $60 million with the money going to charity.

  8. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 22, 2012 9:19 PM

    I don’t know about you guys but this is starting to sound much better than the Death Penalty. They are going to have to field a team that is going to be crushed for at least a decade. PSU football is going to be fodder that gets rolled on a weekly basis.

    I think they are right when they say PSU might have preferred getting the Death Penalty after tomorrow.

  9. roundup5 says: Jul 22, 2012 9:31 PM

    PSU Folks, bite the bullet, and move on!

  10. thraiderskin says: Jul 22, 2012 9:49 PM

    Article 10.1 specifically targets unethical conduct as it applies to athletics with the sole purpose of competition and the security of said activity. The same section you site is surrounded by sportsmanship (10.02.1), sports gambling(10.3) and knowing of drug use among student athelets w/o reporting(10.2).
    The entire manual is targetted at NCAA competitive balance. The NCAA can do what it wants (they usually do), but every issues they have sited PSU with-in that stupid letter is right from their own manual on college athletics. Obviously they are going to pound PSU (they do deserve to get pounded) but the argument against their accreditation is the most valid one you made in your statement.

  11. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 22, 2012 9:53 PM

    Too bad that 4eyed douche died. Like to hear his excuses. No wait! His toolbag son will have a statement.

    Planning a trip to PedoVille to piss and defecate on his grave.

    Hey Paterno Jr? How many 2nd Chance Kids camped out at your dad’s house? Did he ever mistake his denture glue as ass lube?

    Penn State Sucks…really, they suck. And sodomize boys.

  12. jdh1016j says: Jul 22, 2012 10:16 PM

    These sanctions are supposed to be way worse than the death penalty? The worst punishment would be to shut the football program down for 2-3 years and let the stadium be empty and collect dust. No weekend game days, no tailgaiting, no spring games, and pep rallys. Now there will be talk of healing following a big win over wisconsin or michigan. This is just not enough!

  13. seanmmartin says: Jul 22, 2012 10:24 PM

    As a Pats fan: sucks for O’Brien LOL

  14. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 22, 2012 10:54 PM

    I’m still curious what the Big Ten will do.

    Kicking them out and replacing them with Notre Dame would be the logical move..that is, if Notre Dame actually stopped being delusional and realized what their program has become.

    Either way, I wouldn’t blame them for giving Penn State the axe…just curious on who will take their place

  15. deadeye says: Jul 22, 2012 10:58 PM

    If these reports are accurate, it’s just as I predicted. No “Death Penalty”, instead a LONG bowl ban and greatly reduced scholarships whose practical effect is that of a death penalty.

    The NCAA will never issue the DP again. The unintended consequences to SMU will forever more prevent it’s use.

    The next question will become, “What does the BIG10 do?”

  16. santolonius says: Jul 22, 2012 11:08 PM

    penn state people should embrace this. and if the administration co-authored this punishment they should be proud of their administration for the first time in years. it may not feel like it now, but you will only be able to move beyond the guilt of having coddled a child rapist if you try to make it right. and that means giving up something that hurts, something you hold dear (and let’s face it you fans don’t care about lawsuit money. it wasn’t coming out of your pocket anyway. pointing to that as your punishment is just asking to take the easy way out.) however, if the football program takes a step backward for a few years, the whole university and its community can move forward. and really doing some penance will make it feel all the sweeter when the team is on top again in a few years.

  17. psunick says: Jul 22, 2012 11:25 PM

    Hey CFT…how about a Posting Death Penalty to cretins like showers?

  18. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 22, 2012 11:35 PM

    Arkansas fans should be concerned that the NCAA will slap them with penalties over Bobby Petrino’s affair with an athletic dept employee (that he hired).

    That is a clear case of ethical misconduct by the head football coach, and shows a lack of institutional control because come on, I mean somebody had to know about it, I bet Louis Freeh can get to the bottom of this thing, sort of.

    Death Penalty for Arkansas!!! LOL

  19. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 22, 2012 11:36 PM

    Don’t know if true, but here is the apparent leaked PSU sanctions via CBS.

    1. Suspension of football for one year
    2. No TV until 2015
    3. Bowl ban until 2015
    4. No scholarships for 2013
    5. All current players allowed to transfer with no penalty
    6. NCAA clearinghouse to expedite transfers
    7. PSU players players who transfer will not count against scholarship limit for gaining school
    8. Loss of 8 scholarships per year from 2014-2020
    9. In 2014, option to drop down to D-1AA with no penalty, with right to return to D-1A after 2020.
    10. Wins and records back to 1998 will be vacated
    11. Ticket revenue offset payout to be given to scheduled opponents

    Again rumor. with this seems to be the “worse than death penalty” stuff we have been hearing about all day.

  20. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 22, 2012 11:37 PM

    As a penn state alum I don’t feel guilty. I didn’t do anything. I seriously doubt te administration co authored whats coming down. This administration IS the problem. I’m not understanding how people cant see that. This administration can’t take a stand on anything right or wrong. Which I think is how this nightmare began if I recall. NO balls.

    if you live in PA it is going to cost YOU.

  21. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 22, 2012 11:46 PM

    I wish I saw as much anger towards our government that is shipping our children’s future overseas or destroying the economy by bailing out billionaires. Maybe we could make some change. Don’t get it twisted they lie and hide stuff from you everyday of the year.

  22. thraiderskin says: Jul 23, 2012 12:23 AM

    Danny… I have no nicer way to put this. You can’t compare the PSU rage to the government. There is so much more to why our jobs are shipped off over-seas, there is so much more to why certain businesses got massive bailouts. There is so much more to why a politician might tell the general public half-truths. There is only one reason why PSU didn’t do what they should have.
    I totally understand that you are sick of the seemingly over-the-top rage at PSU. I get that you feel like a punching bag to people who seemingly refuse to admit logic, as long as what is being said coincides with their anger. Hell I feel bad when it gets obvious that people are in mob mentality mode. In the end, it is what it is, Penn State is going to be slaughtered, not by an organization who should actually be the butcher, but by one driven by public opinion and only public opinion.

  23. tjg25 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:28 AM

    Anything short of the death penalty is a joke. The players and coaches there can find homes elsewhere. The culture created at this place needs to be cut off at the knees.

  24. powercorrupts2 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:10 AM

    This has all happened because no one has the cojones to go up against the power of the media, its predilection for exaggeration to gain attention and notoriety, and its preference for the “big fish” because it gets you more clicks, etc.
    The Freeh Report is a travesty: (1) An ex parte document (not an independent report) that was funded with millions of dollars by parties who have a conflict of interest in the case; (2) written in a prosecutorial fashion with no apparent concern for innocence or exculpatory evidence; (3) criticizes the actions of people using a hindsight perspective that employs information none of them knew; (4) does not contain response by the accused parties (Spanier, Curley, Schultz, Paterno, etc.); (5) is written by someone who has a checkered history and may have a biased view of the case. You need to read the actual report (not just its recommendations/conclusions) and look at the details to see if they support the opinions expressed. Pretend you don’t know that Sandusky has 10 victims accusing him and has been convicted (Paterno didn’t know this in 1998 or 2001). Then see if you can fairly come to the same conclusions as Freeh wrote in his report.
    The 1998 complaint was not for rape/molestation but for giving a bear hug to a boy in the showers. The 1998 investigation by the Police, the CCYC, the PA DPW, and the DA’s Office concluded “no sexual assault occurred”. McQueary’s testimony is not creditable because he changed it after he knew there were victims. Dr. Dranov heard the story the night of the incident in 2001 and he didn’t think it was serious enough to report to the Police. He asked McQueary 3 times if he had seen any sexual activity and he said “no”. So this is what Paterno, Schultz, Curley, Spanier, etc. knew. No sexual activity. They knew nothing about 10 victims coming forth as accusers. They were not interviewed for Mr. Freeh’s Report and given a chance to present their defense. But Mr. Freeh somehow feels they are guilty of not proclaiming Sandusky as a pedophile. He knew Paterno was terminally ill but let him die without interviewing him. He didn’t interview Dr. Dranov who contradicted McQueary’s changed 2011 story. He didn’t not McQueary’s testimony admiting he didn’t tell Paterno he saw a sexual attack in 2001.This is strange, suggests scapegoating and that someone is trying to protect themselves from the media generated hysteria and lynch mob psychology. And now the NCAA is going to punish the football program? On the basis of what?

  25. bennywisest says: Jul 23, 2012 1:34 AM

    Well said.
    But in the end you probably just wasted your time typing that. The media and the raving mobs made up their minds from day one and obviously do not care for facts.

  26. nutpack says: Jul 23, 2012 5:09 AM


    The CCYC did not investigate the 1998 case citing conflict of interest. The police investigator thought there should have been charges and the DPW investigator said if he would have had all the facts from the police investigation he would have recomended charges. Regardless of the out come of 1998 case by the time Paterno, Curley and the rest learned of the 2001 incident, already knowing about 1998, should have went straight to the police. Bottom line is 4 men covered up abouse of child that resulted in at least 4 more children getting abused.

  27. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 23, 2012 5:27 AM

    showerswithsandusky | Jul 22, 2012, 6:53 PM PDT
    Too bad that 4eyed douche died. Like to hear his excuses. No wait! His toolbag son will have a statement.

    Planning a trip to PedoVille to piss and defecate on his grave.

    Hey Paterno Jr? How many 2nd Chance Kids camped out at your dad’s house? Did he ever mistake his denture glue as ass lube?

    Penn State Sucks…really, they suck. And sodomize boys.

    It seems that the authorities are aware of the situation. You can crawl back to your cave now.

  28. norcalirish says: Jul 23, 2012 6:22 AM

    rickrock6661982: you mean a program that is in the top 5 in recruiting classes right now? Man…ND is so irrelevant. Clown.

  29. drarb says: Jul 23, 2012 8:05 AM

    powercorrupts2 – I couldn’t have said it better – I tried, but received the expect43d and usual mob response of you pervert…
    Since Freeh didn’t “interview” Curley, Schultz and Spanier, no 2cd Mile folks or others and relied on e-mails it is a travesty. This was paid for the by the Board of Trustees, PA politicians and others to cover their collective asses. Sandusky was given Emeritus status buy the BoT, with all the rights that went with it. It is very easy to use what we know today and decide that people 12 or more years should have known the same. This type of mentality is a problem.
    Most interesting about the Freeh report – Paterno was not indicted for anything by the Grand Jury, Spanier has not yet been indicted for anything and Curley and Schultz were indicted for perjury surrounding McQueery’s allegations – the ones that Sandusky was acquitted of. So Freeh knows all especially when paid to do so.
    Since Paterno is dead it is easy to lay the blame at his feet. THe NCAA and the University have no courage – they are afraid to stand up to the lynch mob screaming for punishment.
    I wonder what happens if during the trials of Curley and Schultz a story different than Freeh’s comes out what then?

  30. psuwhiteout says: Jul 23, 2012 9:22 AM

    Why do people keep comparing this to USC or Miami

  31. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 23, 2012 9:27 AM

    Wow, well if I was Penn State I wouldn’t take this crap from the NCAA without a fight. Basically the NCAA just admitted that they themselves dont have to abide by their own rules.

    Everybody involved in the Sandusky scandal deserves to be punished. The students, faculty, and residents of State College dont. Shameful chicken$^%# act by the NCAA.

  32. horses721 says: Jul 23, 2012 10:06 AM

    The administration is not fighting this because they know the school was wrong for protecting Sandusky. They should be commended for doing this and excepting their punishment without appealing.
    As far as you knuckle dragging Neanderthals that still defend Joe and think this is an unfair punishment , it will be a joy to see the football program circle around the toilet and flushed into obscurity. I just wish you football cult supporters could go down the toilet with the football program because you are all clueless POS!

  33. horses721 says: Jul 23, 2012 10:14 AM

    powercorrupts2 houndofthebaskervols dutchman1350 wmatthew760 psunick

    That will be Paterno’s legacy. Enjoy it

  34. savethisname says: Jul 23, 2012 2:34 PM


    Calling names, boy you really showed them
    didn’t you. Right back at you.

    “You Are A Loser”

  35. moshulu says: Jul 23, 2012 5:28 PM

    I guess they shouldn’t appeal. They made out like a fat cat! They should have been completely shut down. Molesting boys for decades….pathetic!

    “The sanctions imposed by the NCAA on Monday also include fines of $60 million, orders for Penn State to sit out the postseason for four years, capped scholarships at 20 below the normal limit for four years and placed football on five years’ probation.”

  36. nhy67ygv says: Jul 23, 2012 10:13 PM

    A choice by Penn State not to appeal NCAA penalties (in order to accept responsibility and close the case) disregards interests of other parties. NCAA has bent to the moment, and Penn State should work through its role as defendant to limit sanctions to those that do not harm others. In particular, sports fans would like to be able to rely on NCAA statistics to indicate who fairly won each game.

    Unfair winning, which ought to be nullified, includes use of ineligible players, disallowed payments to players, disallowed practice time, and interference with opponents (e.g. playing to injure or giving rewards for losing).

    To find unfair and therefore nullified all football wins since 1998 implies Jerry Sandusky was irreplaceable. It implies Joe Paterno thought no one else could produce a winning defense, so he had to be kept despite his crimes. What is the evidence he saw his choices in those terms? What is the justification for nullifying wins based on the bad character and behavior of a coach outside his team-related role?

    History is not a political weapon. Keeping history in a biased manner inconveniences sports historians and diminishes the role of NCAA in sports administration.

    NCAA’s conduct resembles that of cowardly judges in Communist Czechoslovakia who, at the command of party officials, convicted political opponents of crimes they had not committed. NCAA needs to stand up to the howling mob we Americans become when our children are harmed or our sexual mores are conspicuously violated. We are not wrong to be outraged; we are wronged when supposedly adult institutions capitulate rather than withstanding our rage.

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