This morning, NCAA president Mark Emmert, and executive committee chairman, Ed Ray spoke at a news conference to announce the penalizations for Penn State University in light of Jerry Sandusky's 45 counts of child sexual abuse charges.
The penalties include: fine of $60 million; vacation of wins from 1998-2011 (Paterno goes from 409 wins to 298, moving from first to 12th NCAA football coach with most wins); four-year postseason ban; reduce scholarships for four years at maximum 15 scholarships per year; total of 65 scholarships in program; five-year probation for athletic department.
The Big Ten also crippled PSU's athletic standings, instating the school's censure from the league and four-year ineligibility for the championship, including a ban from sharing in the conference bowl's game revenue ($13 million).
Although the NCAA allowed for PSU athletes to transfer and play immediately at other schools, many Penn State football players of past and present have taken to Twitter to express their solidarity and determination to support the school.
We are strong, We will survive, We are family, #WEARE#PennState
— David Taylor (@magicman_psu) July 23, 2012
They can take away whatever games they want to, I know I was apart of win 400 409 and all the other games WE won while at PSU — Derek Moye (@dmoye6) July 23, 2012
Now we rebuild. If the fans stand by our school and our teams, we'll be back.It's our time to rally #PSU, are you in? — Ian Kenney (@PSU_DM_Kenney) July 23, 2012
Stop asking if im transferring im staying at PSU no matter what I love my school #WeAre — Donovan Smith (@PSU_Smith_76) July 22, 2012
Anyone know where Bill O'Brien lives? I kind of want to bake him a cake. — Devon Edwards (@Devon2012) July 23, 2012
And I stand by my statement yesterday... I'm not going anywhere, Penn State forever! #WeAre — Garry Gilliam ™ (@GarryGilliam89) July 23, 2012
They can take away all they want but can never take away the special bond we always will have as teammates and as a university #PennState
— Nick Sukay (@NSukay1) July 23, 2012
NCAA says games didn't exist..I got the metal plate in my neck to prove it did..I almost died playing 4 PSU..punishment or healing?!? #WeAre
— Adam Taliaferro (@Tali43) July 23, 2012