Report: Penn St. football faces "unprecedented" sanctions, but not "death penalty"

Sunday July 22nd, 2012

Paterno Statue Gone The Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium was removed this morning. (Patrick Smith, Getty Images)

Penn State football will not be going away. However, the punishments will remain very harsh. A CNN report citing a source familiar with the case says that the penalties levied against the program for its role in covering up the child abuse crimes of Jerry Sandusky will be unlike any other punishment the NCAA has enforced.

The NCAA will not levy the so-called "death penalty" against Penn State, a source familiar with the case tells CNN, but there will be "significant, unprecedented penalties" that are "well beyond what has been done in the past."

The NCAA will officially announce its Penn State punishments at a press conference on Monday morning at 9 a.m. ET. News of the Penn State penalties comes after hours after university administration made the decision to remove the statue of former head football coach Joe Paterno from outside Beaver Stadium. Paterno and four other members of the Penn State administration - including Athletic Director Tim Curley - were found in the Freeh Report to have played an active role in covering up Sandusky's serial sexual abuses of children in the State College area.

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