July 17th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

NCAA not ruling out tough sanctions on Penn State football

It's still not clear what the future holds for Nittany Lions football after a child sex abuse scandal implicated top Penn State officials and placed a former assistant coach behind bars.
That was the message from National Collegiate Athletic Association President Mark Emmert, who spoke with PBS in his first public comment on the matter during an interview broadcast Monday. 
Emmert said he doesn't want to "take anything off the table" regarding NCAA-imposed penalties, adding that he'd "never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university."
"What the appropriate penalties are, if there are determinations of violations, we'll have to decide," he said.

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  1. Hope

    Oh my gosh! How did the NCAA suffer? Penn State served them well. Don't take anything away from Penn State. The team gave them a run for their money in classical style... and it had nothing to do with what Sandusty was doing in the showers.... or did it?

    If anything the NCAA benefitted because of the role models they sit for our boys.

    Or did the man they rubbed shoulders with ruin your image?

    Get over it...


    July 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hope

    Compensate the REAL victims!


    July 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jose' Manuel Rodriguez

    No way we can tell whether or not Obamo is responsible for this.

    July 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Wow, they're gonna penalize the athletic program & all the student players for what a few individuals have done!? Come on, this is an example of "guilt by association" if I ever saw 1! Not only did the atrocities Jerry Sandusky is guilty of, happen 10+yrs ago, but some of the people involved are either dead or retired! Penalties from the NCAA now makes no sense! Let the law take care of residual guilty parties! Don't penalize a team & its coaches who have nothing to do w/the issue!!

    July 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Some people want to light their torches and grab their pitchforks...I understand their feelings towards the individuals who are responsible, which I share; I do not understand how NCAA sanctions will help anyone.

      July 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    NCAA is tryin' to wuss out...if the he can't take the heat in the kitchen he needs to step out...permanently...it's apparent the the football program with intent played an integral role in victimizing these children...and further the football programed ultimately sanctioned these abuses to maintain the viability and avoid the risk of scandal...sanctioned for another 14years abuse brought and paid for by funds and practices of the athletic program and its officials...there is NO IF'S...stop thinking about the millions of dollars lining y'all and yours pockets and kill the program...someone need to investigate NCAA and it's loss of objectivity...what is NCAA hiding??? mmmm??? that you can't see the obvious!

    July 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. francois2012

    Take the pedo Paterno statue down and destroy it. Strike his name off of everything.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    @ banasy, I so agree!

    July 18, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. ronvan

    While Sandusky is the main person in this disgusting situation, there are OTHERS! 1. ANYONE that new about this and did nothing should be fired and possibly jailed! 2. IF the NCAA bans or puts PSU football on suspension, then, for me, PSU should foot the entire bill for those players that want to move to another school! 3. PSU should have to pay, whatever is determined in court, to those victims involved. 4. PSU should be monitored to insure they do not raise ANY fees due to their neglegence! Bottom line, again, for me, is that those involved should be fired and possibly jailed. To punish those players, whose future and dreams, are based on football, serves no purpose and is unjustified!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. CLB

    Penn State should get sanctions for 14 years: every year they were aware of the abuse and covered it up. Other schools have been sanctions for the behavior of a few individuals. This Universtiy was involved.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. andy b

    sandusky is a sick freak, it isnt that shocking when we have a sicko on our hands.

    what is shocking and unexcusable is that so many seemingly good people did nothing. That is why so many people are outraged.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Heaveninc

    Ridiculous.. Do not punish the athletes. There are more "Sandusky's"connected to this and they are trying to cover it up with this report.. It goes much deeper and farther.. So stop punishing the innocent football players, punish the guilty. And if Corbett does not stand up and do the right thing by these victims he is just as liable as Sandusky in my eyes. His act of trying to cover it up.. is just as horrific as participating.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matt in nw

    I hated it when the pac 10 penalized Washington severely (unfairly?) – it definitely ended Washington's threat to the California teams – and they havent recovered.

    Penalising the kids at Penn State is waaay outa line....dont do it...just dont....Bring in a new coaching staff if you gotta but dont make these kids pay for any of this.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |