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Penn State Avoids Death Penalty, Instead Put Into Coma

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A death penalty may have been better. Instead, the NCAA delivered a verdict that virtually kills Penn State football success for the next half decade after findings of egregious neglect of the sexual abuse charges against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Former head coach Joe Paterno, whose statue was removed from Beaver Stadium yesterday, had intimate knowledge of the allegations against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001, but failed to take proper action, according to an independent investigation of the scandal this year.

The NCAA issued the following penalties:

  • A four-year ban from bowl games
  • 10 initial scholarship losses and 20 per year for the next four years
  • $60 million dollar fine that will go into an endowment for charitable programs that help victims of child abuse
  • All Joe Paterno wins from 1998-2011 revoked, dropping his record 409 wins to 298.
  • A five-year probationary period.

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