STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The darkest day in Penn State's history was met with mostly silence on campus.
After the NCAA fined Penn State a whopping $60 million, stripped its football program of 40 scholarships and banned it from playing in a bowl game the next four seasons because of its inaction in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, the Nittany Lions were apparently too stunned to react to the devastating news.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and his assistants didn't talk to the media Monday, and the school reportedly instructed its football players to avoid comment as well.
Penn State president Rodney Erickson, acting athletics director Dave Joyner and Board of Trustees chairman Karen Peetz granted interviews to a few media outlets, including ESPN, but otherwise the Nittany Lions bit their tongues on the day the NCAA hammered them.
"It's very devastating, there's no question about it," Erickson told ESPN's John Barr on Monday.
As NCAA president Mark Emmert announced the unprecedented penalties during a news conference in Indianapolis at 9 a.m. ET Monday, a crowd of about 50 students, faculty and alumni gathered in front of a large-screen TV at Penn State's HUB student center to watch. The severe sanctions, which figure to cripple the Nittany Lions' once-proud football program for at least the next several seasons, were met with both surprise and disbelief.