UnitedHealthcare Health insurance that includes all Western PA hospitals
Saturday May 15 2021
Leave this field empty.

NCAA launches investigation of Penn State

PSR Logo
Athletic programs to be investigated for lack of institutional control

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The NCAA on Friday informed Penn State it will examine how school officials handled a child sex abuse scandal that has shaken college sports in America, and cost legendary head football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier, among others, their jobs.

NCAA president Mark Emmert sent a letter to new Penn State president Rod Erickson saying that the governing body for college sports will look at "Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs" in the case of Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator accused of 40 counts of child sex abuse. Sandusky is accused of abusing eight boys, some on campus, over 15 years, allegations that were not immediately brought to the attention of authorities even though high-level people at Penn State apparently knew about them.

Emmert, in his letter, said the allegations made in a grand jury report on Sandusky affect "not only the integrity of the university, but that of intercollegiate athletics as a whole and the NCAA member institutions that conduct college sports."

"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," read a statement released by Penn State late Friday evening. "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."

Athletic director Tim Curley has been placed on administrative leave, and vice president Gary Schultz, who was in charge of the university's police department, has retired. Schultz and Curley are charged with lying to the grand jury and failure to report to police. They maintain their innocence, as does Sandusky.

Joe Paterno, Division I's winningest coach with 409 victories, was fired by university trustees Nov. 9, the same night president Graham Spanier also left his job under pressure.

In addition to the ongoing criminal investigation of Sandusky, Penn State has started its own internal review, and the U.S. Department of Education is examining whether Penn State failed to report incidents of sexual abuse on campus, as required by federal law.

Share
PSR VIDEO
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 Penguins TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Penguins TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 3Penguins TV Channel
Josh Bell had not hit a walk-off home run since he was a member of the Altoona Curve in 2015. He changed that Friday with a soaring shot for the left field loonies.
Custom 1North Shore Notes
Francisco Cervelli is as passionate about the current state of Venezuela as anybody you'll find. Last month, the Pirates' catcher spoke passionately about the movement, his country's state of affairs and the future of Venezuela.
Custom 2North Shore NotesPress Room
Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard led the way for the Red Wings, who landed Pittsburgh its fourth straight regulation loss.
Blue LineCustom 3Press Room
Monday night was more than a game. For Jameson Taillon, it was another heave in an ongoing push to liberation from a disease that can break down the toughest of men.
Custom 4North Shore NotesPress Room