In the wake of the NCAA's harsh sanctions against Penn State, the Big Ten Conference today fined the university $13 million and banned it from competing in the football conference championship game for four years.
"The accepted findings support the conclusion that our colleagues at Penn State, individuals that we have known and with whom we have worked for many years, have egregiously failed on many levels: morally, ethically and potentially criminally," Iowa president Sally Mason said. "They have failed their great university, their faculty and staff, their students and alumni, their community and state and they have failed their fellow member institutions in the Big Ten Conference. For these failures, committed at the highest level of the institution, we hereby condemn this conduct and officially censure Penn State."
Mason said conference presidents discussed expelling Penn State from the conference, but decided against taking that action. "Everything was on the table," she said.
Other than the $13 million dollar fine and the Big Ten championship game ban, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said other penalties that were discussed, including a television ban, never materialized because conference administrators believed the NCAA sanctions were strong enough.