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Penn State football penalties include 4 year bowl ban


INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- The NCAA hit Penn State with a $60 million dollar fine as well as vacating every win Coach Joe Paterno had from 1998 - 2011. That decision strips the late Paterno of the title of winningest coach in major football college history.

Penn State football will also be banned from bowl play for four years, lose a good number of scholarships and be on 5 years probation.

The NCAA says the college perpetuated a "football first" culture that must change.

The punishment is part of the continued fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted in late June of 45 of the 48 counts he faced involving 10 young victims

On Sunday, in State College, Pennsylvania, the 900-pound bronze statue of Paterno was removed from its place outside the 106,000-seat football stadium. 

The statue was removed exactly six months after Paterno died of lung cancer. He died less than three months after he coached his last game, an October 29 victory over Illinois that gave him a major college record 409 wins, 111 of which came after 1998. Under Paterno's 46-season tenure as head coach, the Nittany Lions won two national championships, went undefeated five times, and finished in the top 25 national rankings 35 times.


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