PSU community has mixed reactions to NCAA sanctions

PSU community has mixed reactions to NCAA sanctions
July 23, 2012, 5:46 pm
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa The day after Joe Paternos statue was removed from the shadow of Beaver Stadium, members of Penn States football team filed out of the Lasch Building on Monday morning. They kept moving -- avoiding the pack of television cameras and reporters stationed along the sidewalk -- as they headed off to their cars or walked down a nearby street that leads to the housing units where most of them live. None of them talked.

About an hour earlier, the NCAA announced sweeping penalties and corrective actions against Penn States football program because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In massive punitive measures, the NCAA fined Penn State 60 million -- which will be paid in 12 million increments over five years and put into a special endowment to fund programs to detect, prevent and treat child abuse -- placed the school on a five-year probationary period and a four-year postseason bowl game ban, and ordered an annual reduction of 10 scholarships over four years.

The NCAA also vacated all of the Nittany Lions victories between 1998 and 2011. As a result, Paterno who previously held the record for most wins by a college football coach now ranks 12th all-time.

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