It is simply, the worst scandal in college football history...Penn State President Graham Spanier, V.P Gary Schultz, A.D. Tim Curley, and head coach Joe Paterno were aware of molestation claims against coach Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1998.
They did nothing about it, and in fact, according to the ‘free' report, Paterno talked to university officials out of having child services investigate Sandusky in 2001.
The NCAA said that that it would levy "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State. Those sanctions include 5 years of probation…a 60 million dollar fine…and all the team's wins from 1998 to 2011 have been vacated.
That means Joe Paterno is no longer the winningest coach in history…there is also a 4 year ban on bowl appearances and 20 fewer scholarships a year for 4 years.
A statue of Joe Paterno was removed from outside of Beaver Stadium in the early morning hours - away from spectators and media.
The school president Rod Erickson saying that the statue "has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location."
At least one of the jurors of the Sandusky trial disagreed with the removal of the statue saying we don't have all the facts. The Paterno family issued a statement only hours later saying the statue's removal "does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State community."
"We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth." Paterno let a child molester go… had all the power to stop it and stonewalled it.
Some say because he wanted to sustain his recruiting -and his football program.
At least 8 more children were molested for many more years because Paterno and school officials failed to act.
Paterno lied to a grand jury when he said he didn't know of a mothers claim in 1998. Spanier, Schultz and Curley could go to prison on perjury charges...and the school could be liable in a civil suit for hundreds of millions of dollars for endangering the lives of minors.
Roy Firestone discusses the latest decisions by the NCAA.