Hell hath no fury like a football fan scorned. This morning in Indianapolis, the NCAA stripped Penn State’s wins from 1998 through 2011, bombed it with a $60 million fine, yanked its scholarships, banned it from bowl games for four years, and opened the floodgates for current players to transfer. It wasn’t the death penalty. It was a life sentence. (Read the NCAA’s full statement here.)
“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing, and protecting young people,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert.
He didn’t have the leadership to do it himself, but interim university president Rodney Erickson accepted the penalties for the university, though many Penn Staters did not. Students literally held their breath while watching the NCAA press conference on television.