The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 23, 2012

How to come up with $12 million

While the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State include a $60 million fine, the NCAA is allowing the university to come up with the money by paying $12 million a year.

At a university where more than 100,000 people attend every home game and Penn State has seven home games scheduled this season, Penn State could come up with the $12 million by passing the hat at home games and it would only cost a little more than $17 per person.

But the other penalties will be harder to bear.

The sanctions by the governing body of college sports, which capped eight months of turmoil on the central Pennsylvania campus, stopped short of delivering the “death penalty” of shutting down the sport. But the NCAA hit Penn State with $60 million in fines, ordered it out of the postseason for four years, and will cap scholarships at 20 below the normal limit for four years.

 The Big Ten says Penn State will not be allowed to share in the conference’s bowl revenues while it is banned from the postseason by the NCAA.

The Big Ten announced its own sanctions against Penn State about two hours after the NCAA handed down crippling penalties against the Nittany Lions football program.



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