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Penn State Penalties to be Handed Out at 9:00

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It’s been coming for about eight months, but this morning the NCAA will announce the penalties to be levied on Penn State University following the Jerry Sandusky scandal that effectively subsumed the integrity of the institution.  By all accounts, the penalties are expected to be “unprecedented,” though there’s no indication as to exactly what that means.  It’s generally thought that the Death Penalty will not be handed out, allowing the players to still participate in regular-season games.

Mike Greenberg of Mike & Mike in the Morning believes that the “unprecedented” part of the sanctions will be money, possibly $50-60 million.  The remainder of the penalty will look like a harsher version of the recent USC reprimand (multi-year bowl ban, loss of over thirty scholarships, etc.).

The statue of Joe Paterno was taken down this past weekend, ignominiously placed under a tarp as jackhammers chipped away at the base before moving it away from the football stadium.  Though the toll has already been heavy, the NCAA believes that proper restitution has not yet been achieved.

It’s difficult to imagine the far-reaching effects of the precipitating issue, that so many in that area of the state will now have to move beyond.  As far-reaching as the situation is, many expect the penalties to match.  This might be the final resolution to one of the most tragic stories the college sports world has ever seen.  We’ll know more at 9:00.

Article written by Corey Nichols

16 Comments for Penn State Penalties to be Handed Out at 9:00

  1. barn
    8:48 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    they have to remove “Beaver” from the stadium too

  2. s'mores
    8:55 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    How do I comma?

  3. SteveM
    8:56 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    If Penn State had any balls they will file a lawsuit against the corrupt NCAA for ANY penalty they might assess. As heinous as the situation is, the NCAA has no jurisdiction over this case whatsoever. The “lack of insituional control” within the NCAA rules, has nothing to do with the circumstances at Penn State. This is a state issue where criminal and civil litigation should and will occur. The NCAA is seizing the opportunity to expand it’s power and gain a few million bucks in the process. What a sham.

  4. UK Snuggie
    8:57 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    They should revoke the school’s participation in NCAA football contests with no possibility of reinstatement. The penalties must be excessive to make a point to other programs to not cover up any sort of crime, ever.

  5. Holmes Hall '91
    8:57 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Just remember, whatever happens to PSU, will pale in comparison to what would happen to UK for far less. What happened at PSU is THE definition of “lack of institutional control.” Everyone knew what was going there, for years, and did NOTHING. This situation is far worse than paying kids or making too many phone calls. Joe Pa is / was as fraud…

  6. Corey Nichols
    8:58 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    5 – If anything, Penn State exhibited TOTAL institutional control. They only used it toward devious ends.

  7. Big Blue 66
    8:59 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Im all for whatever anyone wants to do to penalize PSU. They were basically a cult with freakin POS Joe Pa as the cult leader. Should give them the death penalty and take football completely away for a few years so their fans and the school can take a breather and think about more important things.

  8. tom
    9:06 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Vacate some bowl games during time Sandusky was abusing these youngsters. Also vacate enough of Paterno’s wins to drop him from the winningest Division 1A (FBS) coach beneath Bobby Bowden. I know there are a couple of smaller college coaches who have more wins but I’m talking about among major programs.

  9. Bigbluecalizone
    9:15 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    They Just Got Plowed!!!! Them fools up there will burn something down. Four years with a pillow over their faces.VACATED EVERY GAME SINCE 98…WoW.

  10. IIX
    9:18 am July 23, 2012 Permalink


    Jokler gets his first Bowl win. errrr…. Make that Rich gets another bowl win.

  11. treeman74
    9:23 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    All the way around a sad…sad situation. I have concern about the NCAA getting this deeply involved. I realize they want to set an example, but they will be punishing an institution, not one single “person” who was involved will feel any effect of whatever punishment the NCAA dishes out…that fact is scary to me. Could this be the beginning of the FBS severing ties with the NCAA? I say maybe. Mark Emmert is a huge TURD, and I think he’s way overstepping the boundaries of NCAA control.

  12. JackB
    9:24 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    I agree entirely with #3. This has nothing to do with NCAA rules and we should not let the NCAA grow its control over schools in non athletic matters.

  13. Chad
    9:27 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    That was actually a Hal Mumme team.

  14. PuhLease
    9:34 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Each school in the NCAA represents the NCAA so when a component of the NCAA allows it’s employees to sexually abuse people, I would think it’s within the NCAA’s powers to impose sanctions. What exactly should Penn St sue them for?

  15. reality
    9:58 am July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Just think Joe Pa, yer buddy f’ed a bunch of kids – but you f’ed millions of PSU fans by not saying anything for 15 years. They should have left your statue up – so true fans of the school (not fans of Joe Pa U) could take a big dump on. Cause you are a big pile of dung, not an honorable man leading men to battle.

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