NCAA imposes unprecedented fine, sanctions on PSU


NCAA imposes unprecedented fine, sanctions on PSU

This morning the NCAA announced sanctions on Penn State's football program that would "reflect the magnitude" of the child abuse scandal that occurred at and was covered up by the university. The goal of the NCAA's sanctions was to "rebuild an athletic culture that went horribly awry."

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the following sanctions:

1) Penn State is fined 60 million, with funds to be used to establish an endowment that will serve victims of child abuse. The amount is one year's gross revenue of the school's football program.

2) The Penn State football program is banned from bowl games for four years.

3) The program's initial scholarships will be reduced from 25 to 15 per year for four years. Entering or returning athletes will be allowed to transfer and immediately compete for other programs, provided the athlete is still eligible.

4) Penn State vacates all wins from 1998-2011.

5) The university's athletic program will serve a five-year probation during which the NCAA reserves the right to impose more sanctions on individuals associated with the university.

Penn State must also enter into an athletic integrity agreement with the NCAA. An independent athletic integrity monitor will monitor the program for five years and report to the NCAA and the Big 10.

The NCAA executive committee discussed a suspension of football for one or more years -- the so-called "Death Penalty" -- but concluded that the sanctions needed to focus on a "cultural change." The suspension of football program would bring with it unintentional harm to many, Emmert said.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff


McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.