The B1G Conference followed NCAA sanction announcement with their own teleconference Monday morning. Jim Delany and Iowa President and Chairman of B1G Council of College Presidents, Sally Mason, spoke for the B1G.
“This is not a proud moment for the B1G Conference.” – Sally Mason.
1. The B1G formally censures Penn State for “egregious failures” within the athletic department and the administration. A B1G censure means Penn State will not have a say in B1G Conference policy. At this time, it is unclear how long that censure would last but it will be in keeping with the other rulings if the censure lasted for 4 years.
2. Penn State will be ineligible to play in the B1G Championship Game for 4 years.
3. Penn State will lose their share of the B1G bowl revenue for the next 4 years. This pay out is estimated to be $13 million. The money will be donated to child protection programs within the B1G footprint.
4. Penn State and the B1G will accept and be a part of the athletic integrity agreement for the next 5 years.
Sally Mason stated that the actions of Penn State were “against the value system of B1G.” However, the B1G stands behind Penn State as B1G member and will help them through this difficult situation.
Jim Delany called this an “exceptional situation” and indicated all Penn State players will be free to transfer to other B1G universities without any penalties.
Delany indicated that despite the weakening of the (cough) Leaders Division (eye roll), the B1G will not realign divisions but continued by saying “never say never”. The B1G Commissioner continued saying, the division alignment is set up for decades to come not merely years.
Delany concluded by saying the B1G and Penn State’s reputation have been damaged but not irreparably damaged. While the Penn State situation is “as damaging as anything in my (Delany’s) 13 years” the B1G Commissioner maintains a “hope for redemption” and welcomes the “opportunity to redeem” themselves. “The dark ends and the morning comes.”
Earlier Monday morning the NCAA levied the following sanctions on Penn State University.
1. Four year post-season ban
2. $60 million dollar fine that is to be given to endowment to support child abuse prevention programs.
3. Vacate all wins from 1998-2011.
4. Loss of 10 initial and 20 total scholarships each year for a four-year period.
5. 5 years probation.
6. All players may immediately transfer.