The NCAA has handed down its sanctions against Penn State’s football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In a news conference this morning, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Penn State will be fined $60 million dollars, will not be allowed to play in post season bowls for four years, all wins from 1998-2011 are vacated, along with 5 years probation and a loss in scholarships.
It was also announced current Penn State players who wished to leave the program could do so without penalty and former coach Joe Paterno will lose 111 wins, which drops him from the top of the all time career wins list. That now goes to former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden who has 377, Paterno will now have 298 wins to go with 136 losses and three ties.
The Ohio Valley Baseball League has the day off today before beginning playoff action tomorrow night. Marion and Owensboro will play a one game elimination game to see who will host the Hoptown Hoppers Wednesday night. All Hopper playoff games will be heard on the official station of the Hoppers, Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
The OVL has also released several statistical leaders for the just completed regular season and members of the Hoppers are on the list.
Offensive stats include Phillip Menou tied for the league lead in homeruns with 5, with Austin Bryant of Fulton leading the OVL in hitting at .359, with Tyler Grogg of Owensboro leading the OVL with 33 stolen bases.
Pitching stats include Philip Menou tied for the league lead in wins with 6 and Will Hammock with the best earned run average at 1.17. Darren Travers of Marion led the OVL in strikeouts with 69 and Cody Alvey of Fulton had the most saves with 6.
Major League Baseball tonight has the Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, Atlanta at Miami, Cincinnato at Houston and St. Louis hosts Los Angeles.
The Ohio Valley Conference is having its football media day in Nashville today. Eastern Kentucky is the pick of the league’s coaches and sports information directors to win the league, with Murray State third, UT Martin 6th, Southeast Missouri 7th and Austin Peay 9th.
Murray State senior quarterback Casey Brockman was named the OVC pre season offensive player of the year, with Southeast Missouri linebacker senior linebacker Trent Peiffer named as the pre season defensive player of the year.
Brockman was also named to the OVC pre season offensive team along with UT Martin wide receiver Quentin Sims. Defensively, the Racers had linebackers Qua Huzzie and Sam Small on the first team, with UT Martin place kicker Cody Sandlin also on the first team.