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NCAA slams Penn State: $60-million fine, loss of all Paterno wins from 1998-2011

The area where Joe Paterno's statue and other items were displayed is empty outside Beaver Stadium, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. The famed statue of the late Paterno, former Penn State college football coach, was taken down from outside the university's football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against retired assistant Jerry Sandusky . (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle)
July 23, 2012 - 9:24 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60-million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011.

The sanctions come in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Other penalties include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis.

Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the "death penalty" — shutting down the Nittany Lions' program completely — the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.

Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive co-ordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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