The Penn State Board of Trustees met on Wednesday in State College, Pa., to discuss the massive sanctions placed on the Nittany Lions football program by NCAA president Mark Emmert on Monday. The board came to the conclusion that the sanctions were better than the alternative.
Statement from the Board of Trustees: No vote, action was taken tonight.— Laura Nichols (@LC_Nichols) July 26, 2012
Three hours' discussion determined NCAA sanctions threatened by Emmert (4-year death penalty) would have been worse.— Laura Nichols (@LC_Nichols) July 26, 2012
A Wednesday report by ESPN indicated that the NCAA told Penn State president Rodney Erickson that the university faced a four-year "death penalty" for its football program at the end of a full-scale investigation, and that Erickson instead opted for sanctions that include $60 million in fines, a four-year bowl ban and a slew of docked scholarships.
The Board of Trustees likely sided with Erickson after reviewing the facts and deciding that having an enfeebled football team that draws diminished revenue is better than a nonexistent football program that takes in nonexistent revenue.