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ESPN the Magazine Details Sanction Negotiations Between NCAA and Penn State

by on August 03, 2012 3:00 PM

Passing along a piece by ESPN the Magazine's Don Van Natta Jr., which takes you inside the negotiations on the football sanctions between the NCAA and Penn State.

Everyone knows the end point, a four-year postseason ban, a 40-scholarship reduction over four years, all wins from 1998-2011 vacated and a $60 million fine.

But what went on behind closed doors?

Key points, according to the report, which can be read in its entirety here:

  • Penn State hired Gene Marsh, the former chairman of the NCAA's infractions committee to help negotiate the sanctions.
  • Penn State was facing a four-year death penalty as late as the Friday before the sanctions were announced, this after seemingly coming to an understanding that a sanctions package would not include a football shut down.
  • Sometime that Friday, July 20, NCAA President Mark Emmert and his colleagues ax the death penalty from consideration because "too many innocent people in and around State College would be hurt by a multiyear death penalty."
  • The Board of Trustees were not involved in the negotiations, and only the executive committee of the board was briefed on the sanctions. The NCAA warned that if the sanctions were leaked to the media, the death penalty would be all but certain.


Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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