Monday, July 23, 2012

Penn State Fined $60 Million, Four-Year Bowl Ban, Forfeits All Wins from 1998-2011

The NCAA has levied the harshest punishment imaginable without simply terminating the Penn State football program (the "death penalty"), and deservedly so. Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing young boys, several times in Penn facilities, for which there were witnesses who reported what they saw, only to have their reports ignored or covered up.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigated the case, at the request of the school, and released his report on July 12, finding that Joe Paterno, who died in January, former Penn State President Graham Spanier ,and athletic director Tim Curley, were among several top officials at Penn State who helped cover-up, failed to report, or lied under oath about their knowledge of  the accusations against Sandusky.

Yesterday, the statue of Joe Paterno was removed from outside of Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus.

Penn State Punishments:

Penn State and those named officials still face criminal and civil lawsuits that could bring more fines for the individuals and pay-outs by the University for compensation to the victims.

In reality, there is nothing that can compensate the survivors for what they have been through. No amount of money removes those scars or stops those nightmares.

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