Penn State president says 4-year ban was floated

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM | July 25, 2012 | 9:43 PM EDT

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Penn State University President Rodney Erickson speaks during a town hall meeting with alumni in King of Prussia, Pa. The Penn State board of trustees gathered Wednesday afternoon, July 25, 2012 to discuss whether President Rodney Erickson had the authority to agree to unprecedented NCAA sanctions against the football program without first getting the board's approval, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

A spokesman for Penn State president Rodney Erickson says the university faced a potential four-year ban on playing football before the NCAA issued its punishment for how the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Erickson spokesman David La Torre disclosed the possibility of a four-year ban Wednesday, after Erickson met behind closed doors with the trustees to discuss the sanctions the NCAA imposed earlier in the week.

College sports' governing body on Monday handed down a $60 million fine, imposed a four-year bowl game ban, reduced football scholarships and negated 111 wins under former coach Joe Paterno.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said this week that if a total football ban had been imposed, other penalties would have accompanied it.

The potential four-year ban was first reported by ESPN.