NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the crippling penalties that Penn State and the NCAA agreed upon, which include a $60 million dollar fine, the loss of 40 scholarships over four years, no bowl games for four years, and the school must vacate all of its wins from between
NCAA Chairman Ed Ray said the sanctions can serve as a warning to other schools.
"The cautionary tale here is that I think every major college and university needs to do a gut check and ask, 'where are we on appropriate balance between culture in athletics and broader culture of university'? and make certain they have that balance right, and if not, take corrective action," Ray said.
Texas Tech President Guy Bailey is leaving to become president of the University of Alabama, another football powerhouse who managed to overcome a laundry list of major sanctions. Only ten years ago,
"Kirby Hocutt couldn't be better at the kinds of things that help the institution control athletics," Bailey said. "We have a great faculty athletics representative here, Brian Shannon is terrific. Ronald Phillips in my office, we have people working on this all the time."
He said when the NCAA punishes a school, it has to strike a balance.
"What you want to do are things that would send a significant signal to the institution," Bailey said, "that would penalize the institution, but minimize collateral damage. And minimize damage to other programs. Because remember, other teams are playing Penn State. Penn State is in a conference. There is a community that depends on Penn State."
Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said he trusts Emmert and his NCAA enforcers to keep the balance of power proper between academics and big time athletics.
"We have had some things happen in the last year in college sports and college football that has been pretty tough on us," Tuberville said. "And after today, we see that this new regime that's running the NCAA, they are not going to put up with it, and rightly so."
Bailey said Penn State is a great institution, and he has the confidence that it will deal with the damage in an upstanding manner.