The NCAA really threw the book at Penn State today and in a very appropriate manner.
The school will vacate all football victories from 1998 to 2011; it will pay a fine of $60 million; it will have its maximum number of scholarships reduced from 85 to 65 and it will be banned from post season play for four years. The Big Ten has announced that Penn State will not share in any post season revenue which should cost the school about another $13 million. All current and incoming players are entitled to transfer with no penalty.
The vacating of wins reduces Coach Joe Paterno’s win count from 409 to 298 which now puts him well behind former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden who will take the top spot in the NCAA record book with 377 major-college (FBS) wins.
It’s sad to see someone looked up to as a hero for so many years dragged through the mud, but he has no one to blame but himself.
Yesterday Penn State tore down Paterno's statue.