The NCAA handed down some serious penalties to the Penn State football team this morning as a result of the school’s cover up of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
The college football organization began by fining the university $60 million, which is equal to about one year of the team’s total gross revenue.
The Nittany Lions have also been banned from postseason competition for 4 years.
Furthermore, they will lose a total of 40 scholarships over the course of 4 years and finally, all of Penn State’s wins from 1998-2011 will be vacated.
This last condition has big implications for the late coach Joe Paterno’s legacy. Because of the vacated wins, he is no longer the winningest coach in college football history.
Penn State players will be allowed to transfer to another university without sitting out for the customary 1-year period.
Many thought the NCAA would punish Penn State with the “death penalty,” meaning that they would shut down the football team completely for a certain amount of time, but officials say the fine, bowl ban, and loss of scholarships will actually impact the team more severely.
“They say this will cripple Penn State’s football program for at least 10-15 years, to rebound from something like this to go back to the powerhouse that they were,” Carson said. “You got to totally clean house. You’ve got to start again.”
Listen to what else they had to say below:
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles