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Big Ten piles on Penn State with additional penalties

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And the hits just keep on coming.

In a press release, the Big Ten announced late Monday morning that they have slapped Penn State University with penalties in addition to the ones handed down by the NCAA earlier today.  As expected, the Big Ten confirmed that the Nittany Lions will be ineligible to play in the conference’s title game for the next four years, although the punitive measures levied by the NCAA in the form of scholarship reductions and no restrictions on transfers for any current player or incoming freshman pretty much guaranteed this wouldn’t have been an issue anyway.

The NCAA had previously announced a four-year bowl ban as part of its far-reaching sanctions.

Penn State athletics was also fined $60 million by the NCAA, with those monies to be used to create an endowment that will help the victims of child sex abuse.  In the same vein, the Big Ten announced that school will “be ineligible to receive its share of Big Ten Conference bowl revenues over those same four years.”

According to the conference, that represents a total of roughly $13 million, which the league will donate “to established charitable organizations in Big Ten communities dedicated to the protection of children.”

In its public censure of the university, the Big Ten lambasted the leadership at the university, writing that “our colleagues… have egregiously failed on many levels—morally, ethically and potentially criminally.”  The censure went on to state that Penn State has “failed their great university, their faculty and staff, their students and alumni, their community and state—and they have failed their fellow member institutions in the Big Ten Conference.  For these failures, committed at the highest level of the institution, we hereby condemn this conduct and officially censure Penn State.”

Additionally, the release reads, “[t]he Big Ten Conference will be a party to the Athletic Integrity Agreement referenced in the NCAA release, and will work closely with the NCAA and Penn State to ensure complete compliance with its provisions over the 5 year term of the Agreement.”

While very publicly decrying the actions — or inaction, as the case may be — of past leadership at the school, the Big Ten also very firmly stated it will continue to support the university as it works its way through what portends to be a significant period of reform.

“Penn State University is a great institution and has been a valued member of the Big Ten Conference for more than 20 years.  Since early November 2011, it has been working very hard to right a terrible wrong.   There is more to be done.  The intent of the sanctions imposed today is not to destroy a great university, but rather to seek justice and constructively assist a member institution with its efforts to reform.  From this day forward, as Penn State continues to make amends, the Big Ten conference and its member institutions will continue to engage with them in every aspect of conference membership.”

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33 Responses to “Big Ten piles on Penn State with additional penalties”
  1. frug says: Jul 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    Wow. $73 million in fines and withholdings.

  2. thraiderskin says: Jul 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    ummm… ok. I understand the reduntant nature of the bowl/postseason ban, I even get the financial sanctions, but don’t tell me the intent is not to destroy a great university when what you are doing will destroy a great university. The school will be out 12 millions a year (per NCAA) and will also not be getting 13 million from the B1G membership agreements and they still have to pay into the dues for the NCAA. Let’s also not forget that the lawsuits are coming. This is America, and no body turns down free money and juries love to pound the big guy.

  3. allmyteamsareterrible says: Jul 23, 2012 11:27 AM

    So if my math is correct thats roughly $112 million dollars in fines. That’s pretty awesome.

  4. krppr says: Jul 23, 2012 11:28 AM


  5. allmyteamsareterrible says: Jul 23, 2012 11:29 AM


    Cry me a river. You reap what you sow. My only wish is that the sanctions even more adversely punished the school and institution.

  6. mhalt99 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:37 AM


    the exact sentiments of Joe Paterno and friends. would you Partermites rather we all just look the other way on this one??????

    Wait…are you Dottie Sandusky!!!!!!!

  7. kiopta1 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    There are plenty of great universities that will take in the athletes that are being hindered by PSU’s failings.

  8. randomguy9999 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    You PSU guys that keep on making excuses realize when you do so, you are basically saying: ‘we aren’t responsible for what our university does’

    the continued denials and excuses makes it look like everybody associated with PSU is AOK with whatever happens as long as the money keeps on coming in….

    PSUs hero worship culture enabled the football program to perpetrate these crimes with impunity…. it’s your fault too…

  9. jackychilds says: Jul 23, 2012 11:43 AM

    I’m not mad.

  10. gorilladunk says: Jul 23, 2012 11:44 AM

    @raiderskin….the penalties do NOT destroy “a great university”. They help to hinder a football program that thought it was bigger than the university. SMU, as a university, has done very well since the death penalty was imposed on them. They maintain very high academic standards while having one of the finest business and law schools in the nation. Your post reflects the exact reason this nonsense was allowed to go unchecked for over a decade. The football program ran the university, not the other way around.

  11. isu1648 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:46 AM

    …and all they had to do to avoid this was to NOT engage in a cover-up for a child rapist. Seems like pretty reasonable terms…

    there are a lot of universities who do not cover up for child rapists, and who are avoiding things like this. Penn State just chose not to be one of them.

  12. warhawk04 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    “Penn State University is a great institution and has been a valued member of the Big Ten Conference for more than 20 years.”

    Really? This “terrible wrong” covers 15 of their 20 years in the Big Ten. Shouldn’t it read something like they were a good member for 5-years until this 15-year mistake. Or better yet just come out and say it’s a money issue and we need even division so we are keeping PSU and we are going to help them clean the program up.

    I don’t think they should get rid of Penn State, just don’t like the way this is worded.

  13. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    The fund established with the 60 million in fines by the NCAA to help children who have suffered sexual abuse is a great thing to come from this mess that Penn State caused. A really good thing will come from this and this is what southernpatriots has advocated from the beginning and I thought it would never happen…sorry.

    The NCAA sanctions, Big 10 sanctions, state prosecutions, law suits by victims and their families…this seems to have no end. Penn State spent 14 years or more covering up the rapes of children by their employee and maybe it should take 14 years or more to have these penalties and sanctions stretch out?

  14. tackledummy1505 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:55 AM

    And this is why Big Ten Football sucks. Ohio State gets away with murder and Penn State gets killed on an incomplete report. C-ya Big Ten, you’re the SEC bitch anyway

  15. magoopaintrock says: Jul 23, 2012 12:01 PM

    They’ll be fine. I mean “fined.”

  16. mountaineer50415 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:05 PM

    I do hate it that some really good people who own businesses around Penn St are now hurting. However, I am more concerned with the millions affected from other schools in the Big 10.
    I am glad the NCAA stepped up and I also understand the Big 10. There is only one thing I was hoping for. I thought that all of Penn St’s games should be away. Why should Nebraska or any other Big 10 school have to go to Penn St. If they had all away games, they could televise it in Pennsylvania and in the other state only. The rest of us would not have to have it on our sets. I would prefer not to have it on any of my chanels. That would give another school a chance. Maybe even Pitt. I for one feel like a dope. I watched Penn ST. just because of Joe Paterno. How sad is that?

  17. davethevol says: Jul 23, 2012 12:07 PM

    To me, the most significant penalty is the vacation of wis. Since PSU acted to protect the program and JoePed’s “legacy” and wins record (waiting for him to surpass Robinson before firing him), this was an essential component. Paterno’s legacy is cemented as a “win at all costs” coach. His “success with integrity” mantra has been revealed as hollow PR. The constant efforts of PSU, the Paterno family, and the coach himself to preserve the illusion had to have been the impetus for this. Paterno obviously didn’t want to quit until he got the record. His legacy will now forever reflect what he was willing to sacrifice to get there- the innocence and well-being of over a decade’s worth of assaulted children.

  18. mbuff says: Jul 23, 2012 12:13 PM

    Penalties should have been more severe….how about no football next season? It’s a sham that PSU will still reap the benefits of ticket and concession sales less then a year after this atrocity came to light. For you apologists….the death penalty for PSU football would be well deserved.

  19. Ryan Karhut says: Jul 23, 2012 12:15 PM

    Should they have gotten the death penalty?

    Let me hear your thoughts…

  20. mypointofview69 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:27 PM

    Dottie Sandusky must be held responsible as well!! There is absolutely NO WAY she did not know what was going on over the course of 2-3 decades!!!

  21. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    Look for Notre Dame to schedule Penn State for the immediate future…and still find someway to lose

  22. billobrienschindimple says: Jul 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    My bad, Gagliardi is the all time winningest coach at any level.

  23. anmd1 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:41 PM

    We have deep regret for our fellow coaches at PSU. Our hearts go out to the coaches on the current staff as we pick you clean of every 3-5 star player and incoming recruit.

    Sincerly, Urban Myer

  24. righton989 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    PSU recently raked in more than $220 Million from their supporters and thanked them for their overwhelming support in spite of the controversy. The $70 million in fines is over a 4 yr period. PSU easily covers their fines and keep on truckin’.

  25. rajbais says: Jul 23, 2012 12:59 PM

    BTW, with all due respect to those who wanted football suspended I have to point out USA Swimming for the youth.

    ABC’s “20/20” did a troubling and sick story about girls’ male swimming coaches molesting them in locker rooms and showers when they were adolescents. There is no swimming stopped and there isn’t even a rule about banning male coaches in women’s locker rooms when they can do “pep talks” outside the pool or near the pool entrance after the girls are done showering and fully changed.

    The lack of a rule is extremely troubling even after the molestation prevalence.

    The only difference between youth swimming and Penn St. football is revenue generating. That’s it. If Penn State didn’t make this much money and create such power the talk of program suspense would be less relevant.

  26. mgmac says: Jul 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    tackledummy wrote – And this is why Big Ten Football sucks. Ohio State gets away with murder and Penn State gets killed on an incomplete report. C-ya Big Ten, you’re the SEC bitch anyway

    question for you tackledummy – who did the University in Columbus, Ohio murder? what The OSU did was wrong and they were penalized by the NCAA and Tressel lost his job – as he should have. As far as I know Tressel, his coaches and his players never molested boys. Your comment is just another example on how far out of touch with reality psu and it’s fans are

  27. cbusmike75 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:37 PM

    What all these sanctions do is essentially hit the re-set button on the PSU football program and they’re lucky to avoid the death penalty in that regard.

    The Big Tweleven and the NCAA know that (sadly) that’s long enough for the stench to come off all of this and for them to start fresh instead of start over.

    However, the NCAA knows that you do not kill the Golden Goose, no matter how infected it may be and how vile the wrongs committed. What is lost in those huge numbers fined is that the program reaping the benefit of HUGE donor dollars via alumni, sponsorship etc, and the full benefit of being a big time college football program in a major conference is a big business. These schools make incredible amounts of money and this is crippling but not deathly. Had this occurred at Eastern Michigan or even say San Diego State, the program dies and that’s the end of it.

    It’s big business though, the PSU family travels well, buys lots of stuff and are good for business and good to partner with as an advertiser no matter what…even in the face of disgusting findings. This is basically burying them for 4-years, letting everyone forget about them and the ugly stuff and allowing them to clean house, and perhaps re-brand…as cold and disgusting as that sounds.

    It may take a decade to get on-field results but right or wrong the financial hardship and the image re-build won’t take that long at all. People have short memories and even at a reduced level, there is money to be made. The Catholic Church is still in business, despite the vile accusations against them, people are still Catholic…right or wrong, PSU will remain too.

  28. sssjim7 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:47 PM

    Hrm…. so now LSU won the 2010 Citrus bowl?

    And Ohio State is the 2005 and 2008 conference champion? (Does Penn State have to give them the money they got from the Rose Bowl?)

    It would be interesting to see what other changes this could result in (I appologize for not having the time to research it myself)… will any other championships be changed? Did a loss to Penn State knock someone out of the national championship picture?

    Ouch… it makes my head hurt thinking about it…

    Again, sorry for posting this random thought here… but I couldn’t think of anywhere else to pose the question.


  29. buckeyeluvn says: Jul 23, 2012 1:56 PM

    OSU got away with murder? wow! I didn’t know tattoo guns killed people.

  30. granadafan says: Jul 23, 2012 2:21 PM

    “thraiderskin says: Jul 23, 2012 11:26 AM
    ummm… ok. I understand the reduntant nature of the bowl/postseason ban, I even get the financial sanctions, but don’t tell me the intent is not to destroy a great university when what you are doing will destroy a great university.”

    This statement is EXACTLY what is wrong with big time college sports and the attitudes towards money-making programs like football. Here’s a hint. The universities are SCHOOLS first. Athletics should be tertiary behind graduate programs and research. These sanctions affect the athletics program, not Penn St as an institute of higher learning.

  31. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 23, 2012 2:41 PM

    I heard NAMBLA just got a skybox inside the stadium. This message brought to you by some guy.

  32. huskerguy says: Jul 23, 2012 3:01 PM

    Without actually killing off the program… I am surprised the B1G actually kept them in the program.

  33. florida727 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:25 AM

    I’m sure it would have been a logistical nightmare for the conference (I’m thinking in terms of scheduling, etc., especially in the short-term), but I am a little surprised that Penn State wasn’t dropped from the Big Ten altogether. I really expected the conference to want to completely distance themselves from PSU.

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