a historic action, the NCAA handed down severe penalties to the Penn State
football program. The Nittany Lions have been fined $60 million; banned from
bowl games for 4 years; had their scholarship limit reduced from 85 per year
to 65 and their maximum new scholarships per year reduced from 25 to 15 for
the same 4 year time period (making it unlikely they’d win enough games to
go to a bowl game anyway); and vacated all 112 wins since the 1998 season.
Not wanting to pass up a chance to kick some dirt on a member school when
they’re down, the Big 10 (give or take a few) conference announced that PSU
would not be receiving their share of conference bowl revenue for 4 years, a
further financial hit estimated at $13 million.
penalties were the most severe handed down since SMU got the death penalty
in 1987. Some have argued that PSU was actually hit harder. But the historic
aspect was not the size of the penalties nor their impact on PSU but rather
the brave new world the NCAA decided to create for itself.
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