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NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 7:04 pm
Penn State was notified by NCAA President Mark Emmert that the NCAA will launch an investigation into the Nittany Lions' athletic programs in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and charges of perjury against two senior Penn State officials.

"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.

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.

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.

On Monday, the Big Ten removed Paterno's name from the Big Ten's championship football trophy. Also, Tuesday, 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.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: NCAA, Penn State

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:47 pm

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

Well I was waiting for this shoe to drop. This has to be as big of a nightmare for PSU as all the legal dealings that lie ahead. Good luck with this one.....Can you say SMU

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:08 pm

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

PSULionbacker: Take the small time required to read the NCAA letter to PSU. The NCAA is faced with responding to what is unquestionably the most serious allegations in NCAA history. Don't expect the NCAA to overlook the ethical questions cited in their letter to PSU. Bear in mind that judicial review shall not be available for any NCAA proceedings and penalties involving the allegations at PSU.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:54 am

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

Am i off base or what - doesn't the whole "lack of institutional control" pertain to actions by an athletic department in regards to actions directly related to the field of play - recruiting, benefits, etc............

I don't understand how it pertains to actions that happen that happen outside of that realm, even if that action involves a former coach.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:54 pm

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

Allini: The NCAA may find jurisdiction over the ethical lissues outlined in Mark Emert's letter to the President of Penn State. The NCAA has found jurisdiction over ethical violations vastly less signifcant than the egregious misconduct by PSU officials set forth in the Grand Jury Report. If the NCAA finds that they have jurisdiction, and I believe they will, PSU will be in huge trouble in NCAA investigation and enforcement actions that are not subject to judicial review. 

Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:22 pm

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

The NCAA investigation is strickly a PR move.  The NCAAA has zero jurisdiction on a matter such as this.

Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:19 pm

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

Why is the worse rating to give a fair rating?  Kind of like a gentlemen's C when a F is deserved?

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:34 am

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

I have also read the "hacksaw report", if you consent to call a bunch of rambling unsupported conjecture a "report". The entire purpose of it is to deflect all blame from Paterno to others. He implies that Paterno was powerless to keep Sandusky away from his program, and that the Board of Trustees and Police are to blame (seriously, Noonan comes out as criminal #2 in all this), and that he did was he was in his power to do. What Penn State fan would have been willing to consider that Paterno was not in control of his football program for the past few decades? The argument is absurd and his logic is as faulty as his horrible grammar and proofreading skills. Sandusky took kids to PSU practices; Paterno couldn't have stopped that? The same Paterno who did not allow the media to observe his practices was of course powerless to stop the politically-connected Sandusky from bringing his victims there. Or to his football team's showers. Please. Paterno's name is being dragged through the mud because he deserves it.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:23 am

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

PSU said they were launching their own internal investigation.  Oh wait, they didn't exactly do a good job of managing themselves to begin with.  Yeah, good idea NCAA.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:12 am

NCAA will launch investigation of Penn State

This is perfect.  While Ped St circles ther wagons to avoid the criminal prosecution, they leave themselves open to the moral judgements the NCAA can make for not cooperatin.  They'll be forced to pick their poison.  Prosecutor should love this.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:35 am

A matter for the legal system

How come I can't shake the feeling that the NCAA will use PSU as a chance to display how "tough" they are, and expect nobody to notice when they let THE Ohio State University off with minimal "punishment?"  It's starting to look like the public, the media, and the NCAA are using and abusing the victims a lot more than even Sandusky did.
They really need to give the victims some peace and let the story play out in court.   

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