Poll: NCAA's Penn State Penalty Excessive?
School's athletic program, Paterno legacy hit hard by decision.
As the sexual abuse case against Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky works its way through the court, the school and the legacy of head coach Joe Paterno learned their fates Monday.
The school faces a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games and 10 fewer football scholarships.
Paterno had been criticized for not acting when he received information about alleged Sandusky abuse.
In response to Paterno's role and the role of the Penn State football program, the school has been stripped of 14 years of wins — stripping Paterno of his title as the most successful coach in history.
The school is also losing top talent, as athletes get a free pass to transfer to another school.
The school's alumni and supporters have used the phrase "knee-jerk" more than once since the NCAA penalties were announced.
Brad Benson, a former Penn State and New York Giants player, told the Associated Press that the NCAA is out of line.
"It's a knee-jerk reaction," he said. "They can take the games, take the wins away. That's fine. There's no future in the past anyway. But to punish the university now? How does this work for the new coach? What's fair about this for him? It's absolutely crazy."