In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warmups before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston.
College sports' governing body dealt a series of heavy blows to the Nittany Lions football program on Monday less than two weeks after a devastating report accused coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials of concealing child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant coach for years to avoid bad publicity.
In this Sept. 4, 2004 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno leads his team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Akron in State College, Pa. The legendary college football coach was disgraced for concealing child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant coach for years to avoid bad publicity.
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Police tape surrounds the site outside Beaver Stadium Monday morning where the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was removed on Sunday in State College, Pa.
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Penn State football was all but dismantled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent years molesting children, sometimes on school property.