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The NCAA handed down a historic punishment to Penn State football on Monday, a package of sanctions that leaves Joe Paterno's former program crippled for the immediate and distant future. And that's okay.
NCAA president Mark Emmert's decision to absorb power accomplished nothing, but let's all marvel at the wreckage he's left of Penn State football anyway.
A four-year bowl ban, a $60 million fine, and 14 years of vacated wins leaves Penn State a ruined football program. The NCAA had the rare opportunity to rain punishment on a team, and they didn't waste it. That and more in today's Monday Morning Jones.
...the legacy of the Penn State scandal will no longer be Jerry Sandusky's heinous crimes or the courageous victims who stood up to him. Thanks to a brazen power play and a carefully orchestrated p.r. extravaganza, this human tragedy will take a backseat over the next four years (or longer) to a more trivial narrative: Whether Penn State football can recover from crippling NCAA sanctions.
Amy K Nelson from SBN Studios after the jump.
In their response to the Penn State football sex abuse scandal, the NCAA handed down major sanctions against the football team, including a 4 year postseason ban, a 5 year probation period, a reduction in scholarships, and the vacating of all wins from 1998 to 2011. The vacated wins will also be reflected in former head coach Joe Paterno's career record, no longer positioning him as the winningest head coach in college football history.