Penn State Scandal: NCAA Will Find Issues with Mishandled Investigation

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 19, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12:   A Penn State fan carries a 'Say it ain't so' sign outside Beaver Stadium after the Penn State vs. Nebraska NCAA football game in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania.  Penn State lost their final home game 17-14 to Nebraska. Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was fired amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.   (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Penn State University has been buried with the child-sex scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, who allegedly abused at least eight boys over the course of 15 years. However, with Sandusky’s trial headed to court, the school’s alleged role in the cover-up will now be further exposed by the NCAA.

The Associated Press reports NCAA President Mark Emmert is set to review the university’s attempt at controlling the situation. Emmert told Penn State president Rod Erickson he’ll look at, “Penn State’s exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs.’’

One can truly only speculate what will come out of this unless they know the bylaws of the NCAA, but it seems very possible Penn State was in violation of some rules.

Questions were proposed to Penn State that they have until Dec. 16 to answer. If the NCAA doesn’t like what they hear, they’ll launch a six- to 10-month investigation of the school.

If the case holds true, with the abuse reportedly lasting for over 15 years, there’s little reason to believe the NCAA governing body won’t find something wrong. According to the grand jury report, there are at least eight alleged victims and multiple chances for administration to report what they saw or suspected.

Erickson had this to say about the investigation.

“It will be important for Penn State to cooperate fully and provide any assistance possible to the NCAA. The university’s and NCAA’s interests are perfectly aligned in identifying what went wrong and how to prevent anything similar from happening again.’’

With former president Graham Spanier and head football coach Joe Paterno among the ones fired in the aftermath, it’s tough not to assume the worst in this scenario. Between the alleged 1998 and 2002 incidents, there should have been some intervention.

However, it looks as if college football ranked over children’s safety in the minds of some at Penn State.

If that holds true, even more fireworks could surround Penn State.