INDIANAPOLIS — For one hour Monday morning, the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis was the center of the American news world as NCAA President Mark Emmert released details of the long anticipated sanctions to be levied on Penn State University following a sexual abuse scandal and subsequent cover-up that he said “has provoked in all of us, deeply powerful emotions and shaken our most fundamental confidence in many ways.”
Penn State will be fined $60 million that will be used to establish an endowment to support programs around the nation that serve victims of sexual abuse and seek to prevent such abuse from happening. Emmert said the figure was one year’s gross revenue for the football team. The Big 10 then chose to fine Penn State an additional $13 million, which is near what they would make from postseason revenue over the next four years.
Penn State’s football program will also be banned from bowl games or participation in any sort of post season play for four years, and will see a scholarship reduction from 25 to 15 for that same time period. The football program’s maximum amount of scholarships allowed will drop to 65.
Furthermore, PSU football student-athletes will be allowed to transfer immediately and compete at other universities. Typically, there is a period where transfers must sit out a year as part of transfer rules, but that will be waived.
Penn State will also vacate all of its football wins from 1998 to 2011, which amounts to 112 victories.
Lastly, Emmert noted that there will be an academic integrity monitor for the next five years who will report quarterly to the NCAA, the Penn State Board of Trustees, and the Big 10 Conference with regard to the progress the university is making in implementing the provisions of the agreement.
“We concluded that the sanctions needed to reflect our goals of driving cultural change as much as driving punitive actions,” Emmert said. “Suspensions of the football program would bring unintended harm to many who had nothing to do with this case. The sanctions we had crafted are more focused and impactful than that blanket penalty.”