FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association has handed down unprecedented penalties against the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal and the ensuing cover-up by the college. A recent report found Penn State failed to protect children who were sexually abused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator under Paterno, is in jail awaiting sentencing after being found guilty on 45 charges of sexually abusing 10 boys during a period of 15 years.
The NCAA has levied the following penalties against Penn State:
- A $60 million fine, equal to a year's worth of revenue by the football program.
- A four-year ban from postseason and bowl play.
- All wins from 1998 through 2011 are to be vacated (111 wins), thus removing former head coach Joe Paterno from the top of the all-time wins list.
- Loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years
- Five years of probation.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said current Penn State players are free to transfer schools and play immediately for a new school, waiving the usual one-year transfer waiting period.
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