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Penalties coming at Penn State, could impede abliity to compete


Penn State will be hit with significant penalties by the NCAA that could severely damage the football program’s ability to compete, has learned.

The NCAA has called a 9 a.m. ET Monday press conference to address the situation in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. CBS News reported earlier Sunday that the NCAA will hit Penn State with “unprecedented” penalties. A source confirmed that for There are indications that the penalties could be so unique and severe they would be different than any previously applied by the NCAA. has learned that the penalties could last beyond one season. The NCAA on Sunday said that it will levy “corrective and punitive actions” against the school.

NCAA president Mark Emmert and Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee, will be in attendance on Monday. That suggests that the committee itself may have taken the action outside of the formal investigative process. Critics of the NCAA penalizing Penn State have said the association has no jurisdiction in this matter that emerges from criminal action. Jerry Sandusky was found guilty last month of molesting 10 young boys. Joe Paterno’s statue was removed from Beaver Stadium Sunday morning.

If the so-called “death penalty” is applied, Penn State would become the second major college football program to be shut down. SMU was handed the death penalty in 1987. It chose not to compete in 1988 after being limited to road games only. The lasting effects from those penalties exist today. The program has had three winning seasons since 1986.

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