Outside of the 'death penalty' which was handed down to SMU Football nearly 30 years ago, the NCAA has announced some of the strongest punishments dished out to a football program in its history.  Even for those that don't have a big interest in college football or Penn State athletics, this has caught their eye because it shows how the governing board of college athletics, the NCAA, would respond to criminal matters of a program, more specifically the lack of protection provided to children while on campus at Penn State.

Here's a bullet list of the main sanctions against Penn State:

  • A $60 million fine...this money is equal to the gross revenue generated by one year of Penn State football and this money will be used to set up an endowment for a nationwide program to help victims of child sexual abuse.
  • Penn State football is banned from any post season bowl play or BCS play for 4 years.
  • Scholarships reduced from 25 per year to 15 per year.
  • From 1998-2011, all wins for Penn State football are forfeited.

The NCAA went to allow any players from Penn State to transfer to any other institutions without penalty or waiting period.

It should be very interesting to see what kind of lasting effect this will have on Penn State football.