New information and evidence revealed in the Freeh Report show that Penn State administrators had multiple opportunities to put a stop to Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse on and around campus.
Their inaction for more than a decade could result in NCAA action against the school, and President Mark Emmert is not willing to take any possible punishments off the table at this point.
In a recent PBS interview with Tavis Smiley, Emmert addressed the Penn State saying that he has “never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university and hope to never see it again.”
Often, past precedent will be a factor taken into consideration when it comes to NCAA enforcement. Even in the early stages of determining if penalties will be enforced, Emmert says this may be a case where past precedent makes sense because the issue at Penn State is an “unprecedented problem.”
“This is completely different than an impermissible benefits scandal like [what] happened at SMU, or anything else we’ve dealt with,” Emmert explained. “This is as systemic a cultural problem as it is a football problem. There have been people that said this wasn’t a football scandal.
“Well, it was more than a football scandal, much more than a football scandal. It was that but much more. And we’ll have to figure out exactly what the right penalties are. I don’t know that past precedent makes particularly good sense in this case, because it’s really an unprecedented problem.”
Check the out a clip from the interview below, courtesy of PBS.