Harsh Sanctions Against Penn State Warranted Heavy sanctions are warranted in this scandal when you realize that the despicable behavior of Sandusky could have been stopped, but wasn’t in favor of protecting the sanctity of the football program. What a cost. Now Penn State will find out what the cost really will be to them. They face loss of scholarships. Bowl games for years and heavy fines in just minutes at the press conference. Paterno, no, it was more than just football, it was about the lives of little boys.