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NCAA Sanctions Repealed, Paterno’s Wins Restored

IMG_3693_trustees_resolutionKeith Masser ’73 stuck to the script when he opened the Penn State Board of Trustees meeting today, saying he had some good news to report: that Penn State’s World Campus scored a No. 1 ranking in the U.S. News rankings of online programs.

But a few moments later, President Eric Barron took the podium and announced the day’s truly big news: that Penn State, the NCAA, and state officials had reached a tentative agreement to roll back the sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. And not long after that, the trustees voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

The NCAA issued a news release spelling out the terms of the agreement, the major points being that (1) 112 vacated wins—111 belonging to Joe Paterno, and one to Tom Bradley ’78—are restored (or, to quote a tweet by Charles Thompson of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, “And move over Bobby Bowden!”), and (2) the $60 million in fine money stays in Pennsylvania.

But State Sen. Jake Corman ’93, in a Harrisburg news conference, was more blunt: “The consent decree is hereby repealed,” he said, and “all remaining sanctions against Penn State are voided.” You can read a news release from Corman’s office here.

The trustees’ vote on the settlement was quick, with no discussion or debate before the roll-call vote, and the vote was unanimous.

Trustee Anthony Lubrano, who invited reporters to an impromptu news conference in the hallway outside the meeting—while the meeting was still in progress, with President Barron giving a report—said that the agreement isn’t perfect, but is still a win overall.

A point of contention with some in the Penn State community had been the possibility that, in order to see a rollback of the sanctions, the university would have to acknowledge that the NCAA had the right to impose the sanctions in the first place. The wording of the agreement appears to be very carefully phrased in that regard; it says that “Penn State acknowledges the NCAA’s legitimate and good faith interest and concern regarding the Jerry Sandusky matter.”

The restoration of Paterno’s wins has already prompted calls to return the Paterno statue to its spot outside Beaver Stadium. Corman, asked about it at his news conference, said it’s a decision for Penn State to make, but added, “In my personal opinion,” it should be put back. Lubrano also called for the university to return the Paterno statue, suggesting Homecoming might be a good target date.

The Paterno family issued a statement calling today “a great victory for everyone who has fought for the truth in the Sandusky tragedy.” The advocacy group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship was less pleased, thanking Sen. Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord but adding, “Unfortunately, we cannot support an agreement that does not require the NCAA to acknowledge its wrongdoing.”

Penn State has posted a news release about today’s settlement announcement, with comments from President Barron and Chair Masser. Barron, Masser, and attorney Frank Guadagnino ’78 will speak with the media after today’s meeting.

Tina Hay, editor

January 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm 3 comments

The Penn Stater Daily—April 9, 2014

Consent decree challenged: Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court may have opened the door to a challenge of the consent decree, the basis for the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State, in a ruling today in the NCAA’s challenge to a bill written by state Sen. Jake Corman that would require the $60 million fine to be spent entirely on child-abuse programs in Pennsylvania. This Patriot-News story will give you the basics, and you can click here to read the decision yourself.

BOT election starts tomorrow: The election for three alumni seats on the Board of Trustees begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 10, and runs through 9 a.m. Thursday, May 8. Before you cast your ballot, learn about the 31 candidates with our Three Questions project.

A creative thank-you: Men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky released this video to thank the team’s alumni for their support. And,  yeah, that’s a cool gesture. But what will really keep you watching is Gadowsky showing off his juggling prowess. I couldn’t look away. I’m off to work on my hand-eye coordination.

Lori Shontz, senior editor



April 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 21, 2013

Kicking things off: The men’s soccer team opens NCAA tournament play tonight at home against St. Francis (N.Y.). It’s been a fun season watching these guys—they’ve shown a knack for dramatic finishes, and from the year-long inspiration of Mack Brady’s memory to senior defender Akil Howard’s comeback from what looked to be a career-ending heart defect, there’s an undeniable feel-good factor to this team. Here’s hoping they can carry that over the next few weeks.

Amid proposed change, trustees meet again: The Board of Trustees kicked off committee meetings on Thursday morning, with day-long sessions scheduled today and Friday. The board’s latest meeting comes a day after two Pennsylvania state senators, Republican Jake Corman ’93 of Centre County and Democrat John Yudichak ’93, ’04g of Luzerne County, announced a proposal to reduce the board’s membership from 30 to 23 voting members and prohibit the governor and other state officers from serving on the board. Our senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 will post coverage of the meetings here over the next two days.

At the push of a button: I’m in the middle of wrapping up a feature for our January/February issue on the tech-centric 21st century library, which focuses mostly on the amazing Knowledge and Media Commons at Pattee and Paterno Libraries. Maybe the Commons’ single coolest feature is the One-Button Studio, a Penn State innovation that allows students with next-to-no technical knowledge to produce professional-level videos for class projects with, literally, the push of a button. Well, there’s now an app for that. With the One-Button Studio app, anyone—it’s geared toward other institutions, but individuals can do it, too—able to collect the right hardware can replicate the studio. Very cool stuff.

Bearing down: The tornadoes that tore through the Midwest last weekend have inspired a variety of relief efforts, including some very cool work by a couple of former Nittany Lions. Current Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould ’05 and former Bears lineman Anthony Adams ’04 traveled to Coal City, Ill., on Tuesday to deliver relief supplies and help with clean-up. Nice work, fellas.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 21, 2013 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

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