The NCAA has announced that Penn State University will escape suspension from play, but will receive imposed sanctions.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Monday banned Penn State University from post-season bowl games for four years, fined the university $60 million and imposed other sanctions in an unprecedented punishment for its inaction when officials were alerted to child sex abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
At a news conference in Indianapolis, NCAA Mark Emmert said Penn State football scholarships would be reduced to 15 from 25 and team wins would be vacated from 1998-2011.
The governing body for U.S. college sports opted not to levy the so-called "death penalty" that would eliminate an entire season or more for the scandal-scarred football program.
In June, Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. This month, former FBI director Louis Freeh released a report that criticized longtime head football coach Joe Paterno for his role in protecting Sandusky, and the school's image, at the expense of Sandusky's young victims.
We also learned over the weekend that the Joe Paterno Statue was finally removed and taken to an unidentified location. Interestingly, Paterno's family felt that the statue didn't need to be removed, for it wouldn't bring changes or erase the past for the victims and their families.
I personally think that the statue being removed was a must, and an important first step to help the victims and their families begin the process of closure.
With all that has unfolded and the NCAA's decision of punishment this morning, what will this mean for the future of the university, their athletic programs (all not just football) and their impact on the community?
1. Did the NCAA punishment fit the crime? Too Lenient, Just Enough, or Excessive?
2. What does this mean for the university's ability to award athletic and/or athletics monetary scholarships?