STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (KDKA) – Faculty, students and staff knew penalties against Penn State were coming, but it was a tough pill to swallow when the announcement came Monday morning.
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced a list of sanctions against the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police: Man In Critical Condition After Shooting On North Side
The sanctions include:
- $60 million fine with the funds going to support nationwide programs for victims of child abuse. The total amount of the fine is equivalent to one year’s worth of revenue from the football program.
- PSU will be banned from all playoff and bowl game competition for four years
- Reduction of scholarships for four years
- Student-athletes may transfer to another school immediately and will be allowed to compete this year
- PSU will have all of their wins from 1998-2011 vacated
- PSU will be placed under a five-year probationary period
Now, the Penn State community is trying to figure out how to deal with the news.
“I don’t understand why they took away the wins from  to 2001 when Jerry Sandusky wasn’t on the coaching staff,” one student said.
“Joe will always be the winningest coach. You can take away all the points and scores and everything you want, he won more games,” one man said.READ MORE: 'Say Their Names' Prayer Service Remembers 36 Victims Of Social Injustice
Most of the people KDKA-TV’s Bob Allen spoke with said the sanctions will virtually cripple the football program. They are also worried about players opting to transfer.
“We can’t do anything about it. If this is what they feel that they need to do, then we as Penn State students need to hold our heads up high and hope they know what they’re talking about,” one student said.
Some were also concerned about how these sanctions could have an effect on the local businesses in town.
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