Sally Mason, Big Ten Chairman of the council of Presidents and Chancellors delivered the news today via teleconference. The B1G will follow up on the ruling by the NCAA presented by Mark Emmert a couple hours earlier this morning. Here’s what the activity of Jerry Sandusky, and inactivity of Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, Tim Curley etc. will cost Penn State.
The conference will impose these penalties:
1. the league censures PSU leadership for behaviors deemed unacceptable.
2. the Big Ten intends to work in compliance with the NCAA in enforcing their penalties
3. Penn State is banned from the B1G championship game for the next four years
4. Penn State will not receive it’s share of bowl revenue for the next four years, (about $13 million). This will instead be donated to charity that are focused on the protection of children.
Mason also read a statement that included the following:
Since November 2011, when the underlying indictments were first announced, the Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COPC) committed to a prudent, thoughtful and patient review of the various investigative and adjudicatory processes associated with allegations at Penn State University involving Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier.
In December 2011, Big Ten legal counsel, along with NCAA counsel, engaged in the independent investigation undertaken by Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh, Sporkin, & Sullivan, LLP. At that time, the COPC reserved the right to impose sanctions, corrective or other disciplinary measures in this matter in the event that adverse findings were made in the areas of institutional control, ethical conduct and/or other Conference related matters. The COPC also directed the Conference, at that time, to initiate an immediate review of the fundamental issues and systems affecting intercollegiate athletics, including those related to institutional control.
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