24 Jul 2012

NCAA hans down penalties to Penn State

6:06 am on 24 July 2012

The governing body of U.S. college sports has taken sweeping, unprecedented action against Penn State University's revered football program in response to a child sex abuse scandal.

The college has been fined 76 million dollars, a 4-year ban on any post-season participation, a reduction in scholarships, while all the team's victories for the past 14 years have been voided.

Penn State officials were accused of not taking action after being alerted to child sex abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The scandal tainted one of college football's leading coaches, the late Joe Paterno, and led to his firing last year along with other top school officials.

The NCAA penalty was handed down one day after Penn State removed a statue of Paterno from in front of the university football stadium.