Word leaked out this morning that, according to CBS, the NCAA is scheduled to announce "unprecedented" sanctions against Penn State for it's role in covering up the horrific Jerry Sandusky scandal that has rocked the central Pennsylvania community and the nation.
Via CBS News:
CBS News has learned that the NCAA will announce what a high-ranking association source called "unprecedented" penalties against both the Penn State University football team and the school.
The penalties come in the wake of the independent report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that chronicled repeated efforts by four top Penn State officials, including former football coach Joe Paterno, to conceal allegations of serial child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky over a 14-year period.
The announcement will be made Monday morning at 9am EST.
As more has leaked out from sources though, the words: "bowl ban", "scholarship losses", and "probation" have been tossed around, and that leaves you to wonder what's unprecedented about the situation. Certainly the speed with which these penalties have been enacted is unprecedented (let's not forget Miami is STILL waiting to hear its fate in light of the Nevin Shapiro scandal), but the penalties themselves are more of the same.
If the NCAA has chosen to get involved here, punishing them as though they had committed infractions similar to USC or Ohio State will not pass muster. The charges here are far more severe and the NCAA must treat them accordingly. Either that or stay out of it and allow the justice and civil system to run its course.