No "death penalty" for Penn State, sources say

Police and construction workers are seen at the Joe Paterno statue in State College, Pa., Sunday, July 22, 2012. A chain-link fence has been erected around the statue as the university prepares for its removal. AP Photo/Christopher Weddle, Centre Daily Times

(CBS News) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Six months to the day after his death, the iconic statue of Joe Paterno was removed from the front of Penn State's football stadium Sunday as the school prepared to hear about the severe punishment it will face in the wake of the sex abuse scandal surrounding former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The punishment, to be announced Monday, is expected to be "unprecedented."

A top NCAA official has told CBS News the sanctions to be imposed by NCAA President Mark Emmert, approved by the association's executive committee and its Division I board of directors, center on their "length and cumulative impact" of the penalties.

They include probation, the loss of football scholarships, a ban from post-season bowl games, and a multi-million dollar fine.

The official said the "scope of the penalties" is so severe their overall impact will far exceed the so-called "death penalty" - a single-season suspension of the football program.

"The NCAA is going to come down with the harshest punishments. And remember, this is a school that would pride itself on being one that never had run afoul of the NCAA justice system. ... It really had to change the way people are going to view Joe Paterno's legacy."

In addition to the Paterno statue being hauled away from Beaver Stadium, the Paterno memorial was covered up.

Everything is gone: every plaque, every word, every reminder of six decades at Penn State - erased memorials to a man who, in the end, said he wished he had done more.

The sanctions could turn Penn State's football program into an also-ran for quite awhile.

  • Armen Keteyian

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