A NCAA ruling wipes away Joe Paterno’s 14 year history as head coach of the football program and imposed massive fines ( $60 million ) and penalties due to Paterno’s non action in addressing crimes committed against children.
Paterno is accused of looking the other way when Assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting countless children while on the university’s property.
The football program basically no longer exists. They are not allowed to participate in any bowl games for four seasons. Scholarships are capped 20 below the normal limit for four years and the school will be on probation for five years.
They allowing current and incoming players to immediately transfer to compete at other schools.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a written statement that the university has accepted the NCAA decision and will not appeal.
“It is important to know we are entering a new chapter at Penn State and making necessary changes,” he said. “We must create a culture in which people are not afraid to speak up, management is not compartmentalized, all are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical standards, and the operating philosophy is open, collegial, and collaborative.”
Paterno’s infamous statue was removed outside Beaver Stadium at Penn State Sunday morning.