Penn State Football program facing harsh NCAA sanctions

NCAA President Mark Emmert

Monday Penn State received news that would wipe away 14 years of Coach Joe Paterno’s football legacy. The ruling by the NCAA wipes aways years of victories crippling one of the biggest football programs in College history. The devastating news comes after, assistant coach Jerry Sandusky spent years molesting children, sometimes on school property.

The sanctions are more serve for the next four years.

“The University’s football team shall end its 2012 season and each season through 2015 with the playing of its last regularly scheduled, in-season contest and shall not be eligible to participate in any postseason competition, including a conference championship, any bowl game, or any postseason playoff competition.”

The school will lose $60 million in fines, with a $12 million minimum being paid yearly for 4 years.

Penn State will lose 20 or more scholarships over the next four seasons, which will destroy any chance of recruiting the program has. The NCAA explains the punishment: “For a period of four years commencing with the 2013-2014 academic year and expiring at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 academic year, the NCAA imposes a limit of 15 initial grants-in-aid (from a maximum of 25 allowed) and for a period of four years commencing with the 2014-2015 academic year and expiring at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year a limit of 65 total grants-in-aid (from a maximum of 85 allowed) for football during each of those specified years.”                                   

The school will also have five years of monitored probation, must complete all recommendations from the Freeh report and must appoint an athletics integrity monitor for five seasons to ensure that these all properly take place.

Considering the severity of these punishments, the NCAA is going to allow all current student-athletes to transfer to any other Division I football program of their choosing without having to sit out for the usual season.

The news of the NCAA’s decision shocked the college community, and many around PSU say it worse than the “death penalty”.

The death penalty would’ve  suspended the football program for 1 year.

This will be a learning lesson to all college and universities.

Miami Heat 2012 NBA Champions

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The Miami Heat become the 2012 NBA Champions for the second time in their franchise history.

“It’s about damn time!” LeBron James said after finally becoming an NBA Champion. Even though it took James nine long years, the King finally has a ring with the help of his teammates.

Winning four straight games against a young Oklahoma City Thunder team was not easy. Falling behind one game in the series the Miami Heat knew they had to win one on the road. And eventually finish the job at home.

James, who uttered the phrase, “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach” when he announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers after seven seasons to sign with Miami, now has his first championship by recording a triple-double.

A future Hall of Fame, James also won Finals MVP. He finished the season winning League MVP. ( who better to do then LBJ )

Dwyane Wade who has been going through a lot with his ex-wife did not let that affect his performance. The team as whole played a great game.

Congratulations to the 2012 NBA Champions the Miami Heat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miami Heat 2012 Eastern Conference Champions

2012 Eastern Conference Champions

The Miami Heat advance to the NBA Finals, where they will be facing the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Beating the Boston Celtics in seven games was not easy for a team who fell behind 3-2.

LeBron James who played big, in games six and seven didn’t let his team down, scoring 25 points or more in each game of the series. Chris Bosh coming off of an injury hit 3 three pointers, for the first time in his NBA career.

Coach Erik Spoelstra comes out during the press conference to say “I guess that’s what a seven-game Eastern Conference series is supposed to be like. It was good to see us come together in a very competitive series.”

The Heat’s Big Three (Bosh, James and Wade) scored the final 30 points for Miami to clinch a second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

Congratulations to The Miami Heat.

SN: My favorite team is The Miami Heat