Cedric Jeffries was part of 38 victories during his time in a Penn State University football uniform.
The Egg Harbor Township High School graduate was a Penn State defensive back from 2006-09, including one redshirt season.
His win total is now zero.
The NCAA fined Penn State $60 million Monday and — among other sanctions — vacated all of the football program’s wins from 1998-2011 as retribution for the school’s lack of action once it discovered coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children at the campus. Penn State voids 111 wins, including three bowl-game victories in which Jeffries participated.
“It’s unfortunate for me and my former teammates that I played with,” Jeffries said in a phone interview Monday. “Everything we’ve been through, all the hard work and sacrifices we made, championships and games we’ve won being unnoticed. It’s rough in that aspect.”
The monetary fine and vacated wins are part of an unprecedented list of sanctions NCAA President Mark Emmert announced in a news conference in Indianapolis. Penn State is banned from postseason games for four years. The Nittany Lions will only be allowed to sign 15 recruits for 2013, rather than 25, and by 2014 they will be allowed just 65 total scholarships, down from 85.
“(The harshness of the punishments) was a little bit of a shock, but it was kind of expected at the same time,” Jeffries said.
Alumni had mixed reactions to the announcements. Some were unsure how to respond to the overwhelming sanctions.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brett Brackett played at Penn State from 2006-09. At training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., on Monday, Brackett said he didn’t really have a reaction to the sanctions yet. His concerns were elsewhere.
“I just came off the practice field and I’m trying to work on getting better here. I think right now, this time and place we’re supposed to be thinking about the victims first,” Brackett said.
St. Augustine Prep alum Jack Crawford, a rookie defensive end for the Oakland Raiders after spending the past four seasons at Penn State, was at a loss for words when contacted by phone.
“I really don’t have a reaction statement. I don’t have anything to say,” Crawford said.
(Staff Writer David Weinberg contributed to this report.)
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