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PSU acting athletic director accepts NCAA sanction, culture must change

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Penn State Acting Athletic Director David Joyner said he accepts NCAA sanctions against the football program and agrees that "the culture at Penn State must change."

Monday morning the NCAA imposed sanctions on the Penn State football program ordering them to pay $60 million fine. Among other things, they are also banned from bowl games and post season play for the next four years. For more details on the sanctions, click here.

Joyner's full statement is below.

The Freeh Report concluded that individuals at Penn State University entrusted to positions of authority, shunned their basic responsibility to protect children, and innocent children suffered as a result. Our hearts go out to the victims of this abuse and their families.

Today Penn State takes another step forward in changing the culture at the institution as we accept the penalties of the NCAA for the failure of leadership that occurred on our campus. We are deeply disappointed that some of our leaders could have turned a blind eye to such abuse, and agree that the culture at Penn State must change.

As we move forward, today's student athletes have a challenging road ahead. But they will do the right thing, as they have always done. I am confident all of our head coaches will come together to make the change necessary to drive our university forward. Penn State will continue to fully support its established athletic programs, which provide opportunities for over 800 student athletes.

Working together, the path ahead will not be easy. But it is necessary, just, and will bring a better future. Our faculty, staff, students, athletes, and parents will work together as Penn State begins this new chapter. Though this cooperation and collaboration, Penn State will become a national model for compliance, ethics, and embodiment of the student athlete credo.

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