Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The NCAA Death Penalty?

The call is already sounding for the "Death Penalty"  against Penn State University on the eve of the release of a months long investigation into the Penn State handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal.

The University hired a Public Relations Agency to help them manage the crisis that began with the revelation that an assistant football coach had been called out for molesting teenage boys and Head Coach Joe Patnero and University administrators did nothing to stop him.

CNN has reported there are e-mails from 2001 that allegedly confirm that.

A former FBI Director was hired by the University to lead a "thorough" investigation of what happened, who knew, and what they did or did not do about it.  That report will be released Thursday (July 12) morning.

You would have to assume that the Penn State Crisis Team has anticipated what could be the worst revelations and what their response should be.

Meanwhile, sports writers and others NOT directly associated with the University are talking about the NCAA instituting the "death penalty" for at least a year, barring the PS football team from playing any other NCAA schools for a season.

Ironically, the University of Kentucky was the first school dealt the death penalty in 1952-53. It began with a point-shaving scandal in 1951 when three players were charged with taking bribes to shave points, and then in 1952 ten Kentucky basketball players were accused of receiving illegal financial aid  and the NCAA found that Coach Adolph Rupp and his staff knew the players were ineligible and allowed them to play anyway.

The next few weeks will see just how much power Penn State alumni have and whether they can stave off an NCAA investigation and ultimate penalty.

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