Poll: Penn State Accepts NCAA/Big Ten Penalties, Good or Bad?
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned Penn State University in State College, PA in the wake of sex abuse of pre-teen boys by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The Collegian, a daily publication written by Penn State students, reports the NCAA instituted:
- a $60 million in fines;
- football wins vacated back to 1998 (13 years);
- football players at Penn State are being allowed to transfer;
- the football team will not be permitted to play in the post-season; and
- a cut in the number of scholarships the school can award
In addition, the Big Ten stripped Penn State of Bowl revenue shares while the statue of longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno is brought down outside of Beaver Stadium.
Paterno supporters say that the famed coach’s success as a football coach (from 1966 to 2011) should not be diminished as a result of the actions of one man (assistant coach Jerry Sandusky). Paterno died in late January, just ten weeks after he was forced out of his job as coach because of the scandal.
Paterno’s family issued a statement on Monday saying that the “NCAA has defamed the legacy and contributions of a great coach.”
Alumni, prospective students and sports fans, tell us your thoughts on the NCAA/Big Ten sanctions against Penn State: