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No Death Penalty For Penn State Football, but Sanctions Still Hit Hard

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The NCAA came down hard on Penn State and their football program, but, after all was said and done, the Penn State football program still exists.

What the NCAA did do to Penn State was hit them with a $60 million dollar fine, a four year postseason ban, vacate all wins from 1998-2011, drop the number of allowable scholarships from 25 to 15 for four years, five years of probation, and various other penalties, mostly concerning oversight and damage reduction.

In a statement by the NCAA and Penn State, the organizations discussed what will happen with the revenue that is taken from them by the NCAA sanctions, stating, “These funds must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university.”

The announcement of the punishments came just one day after Penn State made the decision to remove the statue of Joe Paterno from campus. In another blow to the Paterno family, the wins they are forced to vacate from 1998-2011 drops Joe Paterno from the all time winningest coach in Division one history, giving the title over to Bobby Bowden.

More details will eventually emerge, but for the time being the dust seems to have settled. The NCAA has gotten involved and done what they thought was appropriate. Do you agree? Too much or too little?


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