Penn State Football Faces Strict Punishments
By Sean Fernandez
When NCAA President Mark Emmert said that the Penn State football program would face 'unprecedented' and 'critical' punishments for the sexual abuse cases surrounding former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, he wasn't lying.
Emmert went to the podium a few minutes after 9:00am on Monday morning to drop the hammer on Penn State.
The program will face a $60 million dollar fine (equivalent to the annual revenue earned by the football program), that will help sexual awareness and prevention.
The program will have to reduce the amount of scholarships they can offer from 25 to 15 for the next four years, and won't be eligible for postseason play for the next 4 years. That is the longest postseason ban in college football since 1960.
Current Penn-State football players will also be allowed to transfer without having to sit out a year.
Furthermore, Joe Paterno's wins from 1998-2011 will all be vacated. Without those wins, Bobby Bowden takes over as the all-time wins leader, and Paterno is now 12th on the list.
It's not the death penalty, but it's pretty close. Penn State University and their fans will face a difficult road in the years to come.