NCAA Slams Penn State With Unprecedented Sanctions

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A severe set of penalties imposed by college sports' governing body on Monday all but laid waste to Pennsylvania State University's football program, vacating more than a decade of victories and inflicting years of punishment on a team still reeling from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The NCAA assessed the program a $60 million fine, eliminated several scholarships and banned Penn State from postseason play for the next four years. That prompted the Big Ten Conference later Monday to announce that during that period it would withhold the university's share of bowl game payments - the equivalent of about $13 million a year.

All current student athletes will be offered the opportunity to immediately transfer and begin playing for other schools.

Calling the response of coach Joe Paterno and three other top Penn State officials to early allegations against Sandusky the most painful "chapter in the history of intercollegiate athletics," NCAA President Mark Emmert described the sanctions at a news conference in Indianapolis as "greater than any others seen in NCAA history"

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