CBS News has reported that a “high-ranking” source in the NCAA has said that President Mark Emmert will be handing down “unprecedented” sanctions against both Penn State football and the University.
Emmert will announce his decision and the specific penalties to come at a press conference tomorrow at 9 a.m in Indianapolis.
Speculation about the penalties Penn State could receive range from television and bowl bans to a complete suspension of the football program, colloquially known as the “death penalty”.
Questions have arisen as to whether the handling of the Sandusky child abuse case, and the Freeh report’s conclusion of a coverup, constitute a violation of the NCAA’s bylaws, and therefore under its authority; instead of under the authority of Penn State and the justice system alone. Most often, the concept of “lack of institutional control” has been invoked, but less often, the “unethical conduct” catchall.
Whatever the reasons, the NCAA seems to have made up its mind, and we’ll find out tomorrow what exactly lies ahead for Penn State.