"I am writing to notify you that the NCAA will examine Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant responsible personnel," Emmert wrote to the school. "We recognize that there are ongoing federal and state investigations and the NCAA does not intend to interfere with those probes."
Emmert set out several questions that Penn State officials must be prepared to answer as part of the probe. Responses to this NCAA inquiry are expected by Dec. 16 in order for the NCAA to determine next steps.Here is a copy of the three-page letter sent from the NCAA to Penn State president Rodney Erickson, outlining the NCAA's concerns.
The NCAA indicated "NCAA Bylaw 10.1 identifies 10 types of unethical conduct, but specifically makes clear that the list of 10 is not limited to those delineated. Among, other things, that list captures the general principle of honesty embedded in Bylaw 10.01.1, which requires individuals to "act with honest and sportsmanship at all times so that intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals, shall represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports."
Penn State released a statement Friday afternoon in response.
The NCAA's pending investigation is just the latest fallout from the allegations against Sandusky and the alleged cover-up by Coach Joe Paterno and university officials.
Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics intends to fully cooperate with the NCAA during its inquiry, and understands that this is a preliminary step toward understanding what happened as well as how to prevent anything similar from happening in the future.
We understand and believe in the importance of following both the letter and spirit of the NCAA rules and guidelines, and will continue to reiterate that to our coaches, student-athletes and athletic administrators.
On Monday, the Big Ten removed Paterno's name from the Big Ten's championship football trophy. Also, Tuesday, CBSSports.com reported bowls may shy away from selecting the Nittany Lions because they were viewed as "toxic" because of the attention the Sandusky allegations would bring.