Are you taking scholarships away from current student-athletes?
No. Student-athletes currently promised a scholarship will not lose it as a direct result of this decision. In fact, if a football student-athlete wishes to remain at Penn State but not play football, he can retain his scholarship.

What is the impact on the student-athletes?
The NCAA recognizes that student-athletes are not responsible for these events and utilized penalties that will minimize the impact on entering and current football student-athletes. Any entering or current football student-athlete will be allowed to immediately transfer and compete at the new school. If any football student-athlete wishes to remain at Penn State but not play football, he will retain his scholarship.

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How will you help student-athletes who want to transfer?
If student-athletes elect to consider transferring from Penn State, several provisions of NCAA legislation will be set aside to allow those students both a simpler transfer process and the opportunity to participate immediately wherever they choose to go.

Why not the death penalty?
Imposing the death penalty does not address the cultural, systemic and leadership failures at Penn State. Instead, our approach demands that they become an exemplary NCAA member by eradicating the mindset that led to this tragedy.

If imposed, the death penalty would impact far more student-athletes than those at the Penn State program. Indeed, hundreds of student-athletes who are not even Penn State students would be negatively impacted.

Isn't this basically the death penalty?
The NCAA sanctions on Penn State, taken in sum, far exceed the severity of shutting down a program for a year or two. Our sanctions address the cultural change necessary at Penn State. What some refer to as the death penalty was not severe enough.

What does probation mean?
Probation is a five-year period in which Penn State may be subject to more severe penalties if it does not adhere to these requirements or it violates NCAA rules in any sport during this period.

Why are you penalizing the current student-athletes?
The NCAA recognizes that student-athletes are not responsible for these events and utilized penalties that will minimize the impact on entering and current football student-athletes. Any entering or current football student-athlete will be allowed to immediately transfer and compete.

How did you arrive at $60 million?
The NCAA imposed a $60 million penalty on the university, which is equivalent to the average gross annual revenue of the football program.

How does the vacation of records work?
All wins are removed from the NCAA's official records. Wins attributed to the coach of a team whose penalties are vacated will also be expunged. Opposing teams are not granted wins.

Will Penn State be eligible for the Big Ten championship game?
No.

Won't limiting Penn State to 65 total scholarships cause it to potentially take scholarships away from current student-athletes?
Penn State is prohibited from taking scholarships away from current or incoming student-athletes. (Note: The current 2012 Penn State roster lists 96 student-athletes on the team, 25 of whom are seniors in terms of eligibility.)

How does the NCAA have the authority to do this?
The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the entire Association and implements policies to resolve core issues, pursuant to its authority under the NCAA Constitution and Bylaw Provision 4.1.2(e). The Executive Committee along with the Division I Board, a body of presidents representing all of Division I, directed President Emmert to examine the circumstances surrounding the Penn State tragedy and, if appropriate, make recommendations regarding punitive and corrective measures.

Why didn't the NCAA do an investigation?
Because Penn State accepted the factual findings of the Freeh Report, which the university itself commissioned, the NCAA determined that traditional investigative and administrative proceedings would be duplicative and unnecessary.

What bylaws did Penn State violate?
In determining the penalties for Penn State, the Executive Committee, Board and NCAA leadership considered numerous bylaws and portions of the constitution. 

How can you move so quickly?
Because Penn State accepted the factual findings of the Freeh Report , which the university itself commissioned, the NCAA determined that traditional investigative and administrative proceedings would be duplicative and unnecessary. The Freeh Report findings enabled the NCAA to evaluate appropriate sanctions on an expedited timetable, which benefits current and future university students, faculty and staff.

What happens with the Nov. 17 letter from the NCAA to Penn State?
Because Penn State accepted the factual findings of the Freeh Report and acknowledged that those facts constitute a violation of the principles described in the NCAA's Nov. 17 letter, the NCAA will not require a response.

Was your decision based on the Freeh report or your own investigation?
Because Penn State accepted the factual findings of the Freeh Report, which the university itself commissioned, the NCAA determined that traditional investigative and administrative proceedings would be duplicative and unnecessary.

Why didn't this go through the normal enforcement/infractions process?
The circumstances involved in the Penn State matter are unlike any encountered by the NCAA in its history. Because Penn State accepted the factual findings of the Freeh Report, which the university itself commissioned, the NCAA determined that traditional investigative and administrative proceedings would be duplicative and unnecessary. Additionally, the egregiousness of the conduct is unprecedented and amounts to a breach of the NCAA Constitution, bylaws and core values of intercollegiate athletics, based on the findings of the Freeh Report and Sandusky criminal trial. This spurred the Executive Committee to act pursuant to its authority under the NCAA Constitution and Bylaw Provision 4.1.2(e) to resolve core issues of Association-wide import.

Will the NCAA use this process in the future?
The NCAA and its members hope that a similar circumstance would not arise on any other campus in the future – indeed, these events should serve as a call to every single school and athletics department to take an honest look at its campus environment and eradicate the ‘sports are king' mindset. However, should a circumstance arise in which such action is required, the process is available.