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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