Saying that the punishment is “warranted by the conspiracy of silence” among Penn State University’s top leadership that turned a blind eye to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of young boys, the NCAA just announced sanctions on the school that include:
— A $60 million fine. The money will go into an endowment fund to support programs around the nation that assist victims of sexual abuse, NCAA President Mark Emmert said.
— A ban on participation in post-season football bowl games for four years.
— A reduction in the number of football scholarships from 25 to 15 for four years.
— The vacating of all the football team’s wins for the years 1998-2011. It was in 1998 that university officials first heard that Sandusky might be sexually abusing young boys.
The school, Emmert said, had allowed its athletic culture to go “horribly awry.” And without naming former head coach Joe Paterno, Emmert said the school had allowed one person to become too powerful.
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep and NPR’s Tom Goldman talked about Penn State and the sanctions earlier today.