The Associated Press reported that Penn State received an unprecedented series of penalties Monday following the guilty verdict of Jerry Sandusky in his child sex abuse case and the building evidence that Penn State officials hid the allegations from authorities for more than a decade.
"Football will never again be paced ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in delivering the sanctions.
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Among the penalties was a $60 million fine to be paid into an endowment for programs designed to prevent child sexual abuse and for assisting victims of abuse. None of the money can be used for programs at Penn State.
In addition, there is a four-year ban on bowl games, a loss of 20 scholarships per year over the next four years and five years of probation. Legendary coach Joe Paterno also had all victories between 1998 (the year of the first reported incident involving Sandusky) and last year abandoned.
By vacating 112 Penn State victories over a 14-year period, the sanctions cost Paterno 111 wins. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will now hold the top spot in the NCAA record book with 377. Paterno, who was fired days after Sandusky was charged, will be credited with 298 wins.