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NCAA President Emmert on Penn State scandal

Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: November 10, 2011 11:53 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

As the scandal at Penn State has continued to unfold, one of the questions that has come up involves the possible action of the NCAA. While the immediate concern in the investigation of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is legal, it is possible the program could be found in violation of NCAA bylaws.

The school has already relieved President Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley, and head football coach Joe Paterno of their duties in the last week, but the program could face further punishment from the NCAA.

On Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert released on a statement regarding the NCAA's stance on the Penn State scandal.

Regarding the ongoing Penn State criminal investigation, the NCAA is actively monitoring developments and assessing appropriate steps moving forward. The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes.

As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether Association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. To be clear, civil and criminal law will always take precedence over Association rules.

The stance is predictable, but also appropriate for the time. The crimes that have been allegedly committed at Penn State take a much higher priority than possible NCAA violations, and I'd argue that most college football fans can agree with that position. If there is any potential violation I assume it would be uncovered in the criminal investigation, and then the NCAA would have a chance to respond.

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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:31 pm

NCAA President Emmert on Penn State scandal


Apparently in your world, the Food and Drug Administration should investigate mail fraud, and the Postal Inspector should be the watchdog for nuclear safety.  Maybe the FDA should shut down the school because Sandusky bought a chili dog too.  Do you even have any clue what the jurisdiction of the NCAA amounts to when it comes to monitoring sports at association schools?

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:57 pm

NCAA President Emmert on Penn State scandal

This is all new ground for everyone as this scandal by far is off the charts from anything we've ever seen in sports. However, the NCAA was not quick to respond earlier to these henious charges of  child molestation and took the earlier stance that it didn't violate their association bylaws. Maybe not but they should. I'm still baffled. If this was an isolated case of a Coach who acted on his own but was caught, properly reported, and prosecuted,  then there's no NCAA violations. I agree. The system worked. This is NOT that case. This is a case where a pedophile was caught, never reported to authorities, and continued molesting because of an internal coverup by the athletic department. CLEARLY, this is a case of "Lack of institutional control". If child molestation was allowed to happen for years, what else is or was happening???

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