First, his statue was removed from campus. Now, his name has been removed from the record books.
Following the Jerry Sandusky conviction and the subsequent independent investigation that shed light on just how involved Joe Paterno and Penn State officials were with the cover-up of this monster's sex crimes, the NCAA has come down with a number of punishments.
Among them: the football team must forfeit all victories between 1998-2001, meaning Paterno no longer holds the mark for most victories in Division I history.
The sanctions imposed against Penn State by the NCAA include:
- A four-year ban on all postseason play.
- A reduction in scholarships - 20/season - over the course of those four years.
- A $60 million fine, which "must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university," according to a NCAA statement.
Said NCAA President Mark Emmert upon doling out these football-related punishments:
"We cannot look to NCAA history to determine how to handle circumstances so disturbing, shocking and disappointing. As the individuals charged with governing college sports, we have a responsibility to act. These events should serve as a call to every single school and athletics department to take an honest look at its campus environment and eradicate the 'sports are king' mindset that can so dramatically cloud the judgment of educators."