I was a little bit stunned because of the scope of everything...But at the same time, I was relieved. The death penalty — that was the chatter that was out there — I felt like that would have been a much bigger blow to our football program, to our athletic department, to the university overall.
While it was a little shocking, I was relieved that we still have an opportunity to operate. While we’re working to get better, we can still run our athletic department and not have all of the collateral effect and damage to the community at large that the death penalty would have brought.
— Penn State women's basketball coach Coquese Washington responding to the sanctions against the Nittany Lions athletic department by Mark Emmert (via Walt Moody of the Centre Daily Times).