Saturday, November 19, 2011

NCAA investigation of Penn State's child sex abuse scandal would be 'unprecedented,' expert says

In what might be an unprecedented step, the NCAA will be investigating the university in light of the grand jury’s findings in the indictment of Jerry Sandusky.

In a letter dated Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert wrote that the NCAA will “examine Penn State’s exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics program, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant responsible personnel.”

Normally, the NCAA restricts its oversight to on-the-field matters, like recruiting violations and players receiving extra benefits. In his letter, which Penn State released Friday afternoon, Emmert noted several NCAA bylaws require ethical conduct.

“Surely, the spirit of this bylaw also constrains behavior that endangers young people,” Emmert wrote. 

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