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Penn State Main Campus Reacts to Sanctions

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One day after Penn State took down the iconic statue of coach Joe Paterno, the NCAA dealt a major blow to the university's football program.  The National College Athletic Association announced sweeping sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the cover up of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.  The university will be banned from bowl games for four years, pay a $60 million fine & vacate all wins dating back to 1998. Scholarships will also be rolled back. 

WICU/WSEE Reporter Emily Welsh traveled to Penn State today to learn how the university is reacting to those stiff sanctions.  Some students she interviewed say they understand the need for strong penalties, but many others believe that students in the Penn State football program are paying a high price for a scandal that did not in any way involve them.  Students told us they will maintain their pride and the program will rebound.

Players in the Penn State football program reported to Lasch athletic building for a 10:00 am meeting.  They were somber, choosing to walk by our news camera without granting interviews.

Restaurants, bars and souvenir shops line the streets around the campus.  Many are dependant on not just the student body for their livelihood, but on the big crowds that turn out for the football season's home games.  Business owners hope that the crowds will fill Beaver Stadium this fall, in spite of the punitive action taken against  Penn State football.

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