Penn State Sanctions: Comparing Them to Most Severe NCAA Penalties of All Time

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Penn State Sanctions: Comparing Them to Most Severe NCAA Penalties of All Time
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The sports world was shocked when NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the sanctions for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Already losing head coach Joe Paterno and the statue that stood out in front of Beaver Stadium due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State learned that there is so much more this program will have to deal with.

No, Penn State did not receive the death penalty, but it might as well have. Things like a four-year bowl ban, five years' probation, loss of scholarships and removing more than 100 wins is good enough to set this program back many years.

But are these sanctions the worst the NCAA has ever handed down?

Let's take a look back at some of the worst sanctions in NCAA history and see where Penn State will rank after today.

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