Big Ten Levies Additional $13 Million Fine Against Penn State Football
The Big Ten imposed additional sanctions against Penn State, the conference announced Monday.
They mostly mirror those the NCAA handed down, including a postseason ban for four years and a five-year probation period.
Here’s what new:
Penn State is ineligible for its share of Big Ten bowl revenue and must pay that share, which equates to $13 million over a four-year period.
Sally Mason, Iowa's president, said the conference did not consider kicking Penn State out of the Big Ten.
And a TV ban?
"We thought all things taken together," Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said, "that what had been done was sufficient and television and playing of the actual games, along with other privileges of membership should not be impacted."
Earlier Monday, the NCAA announced current team members have the freedom to transfer to any school and immediately be eligible to play.
Penn State cannot restrict any player from pursuing a transfer to any school. The school and player simply must inform the school of their lnterest level. The NCAA is considering waiving scholarship limits in the 2012-2013 season for programs to which these players transfer, provided the schools reduce proportionately in the next year.
Delany said he would support total freedom for players to choose their next school, if they decide to transfer — including other Big Ten schools.
He also did not sound worried about the impact on other varsity, non-revenue sports at Penn State. Emmert had said earlier that the $60 million fine it levied on Penn State over a five-year period will not impact non-football sports and available scholarship money for those sports.