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Unprecedented sanctions

National Football Post

NCAA president Mark Emmert came down hard on the Penn State football program Monday morning, handing out unprecedented sanctions to the school.

While PSU didn't get the infamous Death Penalty, the sanctions come awfully close to it. Here are the penalties:

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Jerry Sandusky
Penn State will suffer greatly for the Jerry Sandusky cover-up.

• a $60 million fine over five years. The funds will go to child-abuse programs. Per the NCAA, that dollar amount “cannot come at the expense of non-revenue sports or student-athlete scholarships.”

• a four-year postseason ban. The Nittany Lions will not be able to go bowling for four consecutive seasons.

• every win from 1998-2011 will be vacated (111 victories). Thus, Joe Paterno is no longer major college football’s winningest head coach. He now ranks seventh among all D-1 coaches in wins.

• a reduction of 10 initial scholarships and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period. The Nittany Lions will be limited to 15 offered scholarships per year and only be able to have 65 total scholarships.

• five years of NCAA probation

• the NCAA can investigate the program further after criminal proceedings. The NCAA will also create various oversight positions.

• Penn State players can transfer wherever they want without penalty. And the NCAA is considering waiving the scholarship limit for schools that accept the transfers.

The Big Ten also announced additional sanctions against Penn State:

• a four-year conference championship ban

• a redistribution of Penn State's Big Ten bowl revenue for the four-year period to children's charities. That figure will come out to be roughly $13 million.

• Commissioner Jim Delany also said that the Big Ten is unlikely to prevent Penn State players from leaving for other Big Ten schools.

Certainly, these penalties are not what first-year head coach Bill O'Brien had in mind when he left the NFL's New England Patriots.

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