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Coach Paterno statue removed at Penn State as college is punished by NCAA

The NCAA levied a $60-million fine against Penn State, removed all of its recent football wins (1998-2011), and banned the college from the annual bowl games fo
July 22, 2012 - State College, Pa. - Penn State workers cover the statue of former coach Joe Paterno near Beaver Stadium on Penn State's campus Sunday as they prepare to remove it.
July 22, 2012 - State College, Pa. - Penn State workers cover the statue of former coach Joe Paterno near Beaver Stadium on Penn State's campus Sunday as they prepare to remove it.

The NCAA levied a $60-million fine against Penn State, removed all of its recent football wins (1998-2011), and banned the college from the annual bowl games for four years following the scandal of the Jerry Sandusky trial, which revealed the sexual abuse of young boys and a cover-up. 

The sanctions issued by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees college athletic programs, also included a reduction in its scholarship funds over the next four years and the right for incoming and current players to transfer, which will restrict the school's ability to recruit and retain top football talent.

Penn State removed a statue of former coach Joe Paterno prior to Monday's NCAA announcement. An internal investigation at Penn State found Paterno and other top university officials "concealed" what they knew of the allegations of abuse conducted by Jerry Sandusky.

The school's new president Rod Erickson ordered the removal of the 7-foot statue, calling it an "obstacle to healing."


 

Paterno's family reportedly visited the statue on Friday before its removal and issued a statement saying the action will not "help heal" the community. Paterno, who was fired in the wake of the scandal that erupted last fall, died in January of cancer.

NCAA president Mark Emmert warned against "hero worship" and a sports culture that enables a "too big to fail, too big to challenge" mentality as he announced the sanctions against Penn State Monday.

Emmert said the punishment was selected to "rebuild an athletic culture that went horribly awry." 

 

A worker hangs a blue tarp over the fence that was installed around the Joe Paterno statue. The university announced Sunday that it was taking down the monument in the wake of an investigative report that found that the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys, sometimes on Penn State's campus.
To get a clear view, Penn State students lift the tarp on the fence that blocks the site of the former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno statue after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium.