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Penn State Athletics
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Penn State got hit with a 60-Million-dollar fine today by the N-C-A-A and is banned from post season play for four years -- along with other punishments from the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Stacey Cohan (pronounced CO-HAN)has this report from Washington, DC
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THE N-C-A-A TODAY SAID PENN STATE'S "FOOTBALL FIRST" CULTURE ENABLED SERIAL CHILD SEX ABUSE TO OCCUR.
THE STIFF PUNISHMENTS CAME AFTER AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION HELD TOP PENN STATE OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR NOT TAKING ACTION TO STOP THE ABUSE.
No price the NCAA can level will repair grievous damage inflicted by Jerry Sandusky on his victims. We can make clear that culture, actions, and inactions that allowed them to be victimized will not be tolerated in collegiate athletics.
PENN STATE OFFICIALS SAID THEY ACCEPTED THE RULING.
THE PENALTIES INCLUDE:
-- A 60-MILLION-DOLLAR FINE
-- A FOUR YEAR POST SEASON BAN
-- REMOVAL OF ALL WINS FROM 1998 - 2011
-- THE LOSS OF 20 SCHOLARSHIPS A YEAR FOR FOUR YEARS.
-- AND THE SCHOOL MUST CREATE A FUND TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AND ASSIST VICTIMS.
ADDITIONALLY, THE BIG 10 CONFERENCE SAID PENN STATE IS INELIGIBLE FOR BIG TEN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, AND WILL NOT RECEIVE SHARES OF BIG TEN CONFERENCE MONEY DURING THE FOUR-YEAR POST SEASON BAN.
ON SUNDAY THE BRONZE STATUE OF COACH JOE PATERNO WAS REMOVED FROM ITS PLACE OUTSIDE THE STADIUM.
WITH THE N-C-A-A RULING, PATERNO LOST HIS PLACE IN HISTORY AS COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S WINNING-EST COACH.
IN WASHINGTON, DC -- I'M STACEY COHAN