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NCAA reacts to Freeh report


Following the release of the Freeh report on Penn State, the NCAA released the following statement:

Like everyone else, we are reviewing the final report for the first time today.  As President Emmert wrote in his November 17th letter to Penn State President Rodney Erickson and reiterated this week, the university has four key questions, concerning compliance with institutional control and ethics policies, to which it now needs to respond. Penn State’s response to the letter will inform our next steps, including whether or not to take further action. We expect Penn State’s continued cooperation in our examination of these issues.”

You can read more reactions from around college football about the Freeh report HERE.

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32 Responses to “NCAA reacts to Freeh report”
  1. hillbilleee says: Jul 12, 2012 11:01 AM

    hope they do what is right, PSU put football ahead of children s well being, I hope the NCAA doesn’t do the same about money.

  2. 700levelvet says: Jul 12, 2012 11:09 AM

    Hell…….Like Paterno and the rest of the criminals as PSU……..All the NCAA cares about is money….

  3. auburntigers34 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:10 AM

    is this “letter” an LOI? if so, between that and the NCAA’s comment regarding “institutional control”, it sure sounds like the people that were claiming that the NCAA didn’t have a dog in this hunt were mistaken.

  4. canehouse says: Jul 12, 2012 11:12 AM

    Burn the program to the ground… one too many innocent kids were treated with zero regard for their lives by protecting them from the devil and by the entire culture of “we are penn st.”

    It really makes one wonder that if they were willingly and knowingly covering up something so evil… what kind of NCAA type infractions did they cover up for the sake of their precious “we are penn st.” and their mantra “success with honor” image!!

    So GROSS!!!!

  5. mvp43 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:19 AM

    Shut the football program!

    Take Paterno’s name off the library and take the statue down.

  6. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 11:25 AM

    What NCAA infraction did PSU commit in all this? While I realize the level of atrocities that occured at PSU, what college football infraction(s) did they commit? Shouldn’t different folks be going after Penn State, not the NCAA?

  7. drewsylvania says: Jul 12, 2012 11:25 AM

    Not sure killing off the program is the answer. But whatever the NCAA does here will have far-reaching implications. Killing off PSU football would send a loud-and-clear message to everyone that there is zero tolerance for institutional coverup of child abuse.

    Institutions would have to do the right thing or get the death penalty. I know which choice they’re going to make.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 12, 2012 11:44 AM

    The NCAA is waiting upon Penn State’s response to 4 major questions. After their response and any voluntary sanctions Penn State may impose upon themselves, then the NCAA will step in. If Penn State responds to the NCAA with the speed they responded to the horrid pedophilia child rape crimes of Sandusky are we to wait for at least 10 more years for their response?

    Emmert has already indicated that the NCAA will not intervene or become involved in any way which would impede any present or future investigations by the FBI, local or state investigators and prosecutors. This is good that the NCAA (which usually does little, if nothing, correctly) will wait and not send any investigators to Penn State at this time. Football sanctions can wait on legal prosecutions. But lest any Penn State alums and fans think the NCAA will not come down hard, you need to think again.

  9. delfi2 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:52 AM


    Technically, its called institutional control.

    And, oh yeah, its also called moral behavior or in other words “doing the right thing”

    Now go somewhere and dont talk or ask silly questions. Your comments are an insult to not only the victims, but other coaches, schools, who DO the right thing.

    Read all the facts before making dumb and annoying comments

  10. michiganhockey11 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:54 AM

    This is all pretty damning to say the least. As much as part of me says that they deserve the death penatly for how awful this is, (providing the investigation in conclusive that it was covered up), a death penalty effects more than just Penn State. It effects TV contracts, the Big Ten conference, etc. I would think the NCAA would take all that into consideration before making their minds about a punishment.

    But dang, just reading this and how deep it goes it stunning. “It goes deep into the weeds” as some say.

  11. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    Like I said before… the NCAA is an athletic policing body, while this issue includes a former assistant coach and several other members of the coaching staff, it does not actually involve football(the activity). The NCAA can cling to moral or ethical controls, but the actions in the Freeh report are federal crimes, that the NCAA admits is beyond their grasp. There was no intereference with student athletes, this isn’t about the integrity of competition. Penn State deserves to get hammered by people who send people to real (for life) timeouts, not by the folks who deal in 2-3 year timeouts. The NCAAs term of institutional control, sounds more like a slippery slope than an actual viable argument. The integrity of college football was not hurt from this atrocity, a school’s integrity was, just because they are a member of the NCAA doesn’t qualify the NCAA to act like a police state on all matters because the word coach was involved. People are going to go to jail, the message will get sent, Penn State looks real bad right now, but let the legal system show society’s disgust.

  12. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 12:21 PM


  13. goodellsadouche says: Jul 12, 2012 1:01 PM

    Ohhhhh. So a PSU turd of a newspaper says that the NCAA won’t do anything. Ok.

  14. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 1:30 PM

    I totally understand what you are saying goodellsadouche, but it is the arguments being made and by whom. While they are contrary to maybe what you believe, they are fairly sound. If you look at the NCAA articles pointed out in the letter from the NCAA to PSU, they are almost all with in the realm of competition and balance. Infact Article 10.1 on ethics, immediately is followed by articles on banned drugs and sports wagering. The NCAA is simply a governing body for Athletic competition and balance, this whole Penn State fiasco is beyond their scope. I get the impression people believe I think nothing should happen to PSU, those people are wrong. I surely believe the school should be met with everything legally viable (prison time for those involved, law suites, public condemnation). The NCAAs involvment almost trivializes the punishment these folks deserve. I think for the most part, people agree with the fire and brimstone approach, just not with who is dealing it.

  15. crambow says: Jul 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    I would, and many will, as well, have a problem with the NCAA the resting on the assumption that sanctions or penalties may or may not be issued with four ‘going forward’ questions.

    Review your own mission statement, NCAA and be damned with attaching yourself to the future considerations that ‘the existing program shouldn’t be punished’.

    6 Mar 2007
    NCAA Mission Statement
    Mission Statement of NCAA*

    Core Ideology:
    The NCAA’s core ideology consists of two notions: core purpose – the organization’s reason for being – and core values – essential and enduring principles that guide an organization.

    Core Purpose:
    Our purpose is to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.

    Core Values:
    The Association – through its member institutions, conferences and national office staff – shares a belief in and commitment to:

    · The collegiate model of athletics in which students participate as an avocation, balancing their academic, social and athletics experiences.

    · The highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship.

    · The pursuit of excellence in both academics and athletics.

    · The supporting role that intercollegiate athletics plays in the higher education mission and in enhancing the sense of community and strengthening the identity of member institutions.

    · An inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds.

    · Respect for institutional autonomy and philosophical differences.

    · Presidential leadership of intercollegiate athletics at the campus, conference and national levels.

    Please respond by your code, ethics and morals – and sensibilities that the demigods in PSU reaped financial gains ‘going forward’ while consciously squelching the very clear principles in your mission statement.

    Act now and let Penn State deal with the consequences ‘going forward’.

    I further hope the State of Pennsylvania launches a full investigation on Gov. Tom Corbett for shelving this investigation during Attorney Generalship until he was in the clear as Governor. The spokes on this wheel are more than the four prongs we’re currently hearing about today.

  16. general74 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:40 PM

    thraiderskin you say this isn’t a football issue but the fact of the matter is the head football coach covered this up. This is one of the worse things in the world that can happen to someone and just to protect the football team and reputation joe covered it up. This shows a pattern of behavior that makes me believe if he would cover something as bad as this case up what else may he have covered up involving his players while the coach to protect the team. This is a football issue as the person in charge of the team has turned out to be nothing more than a liar who cared about no rules or anything other than his football team.

  17. delfi2 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:45 PM


    “I don’t think this is an area that the NCAA can encroach in,” said Ohio University assistant professor David Ridpath, one of the nation’s foremost experts on NCAA compliance issues.

    “If they do, then they’ve opened themselves up to really being much more of a different governing body,” he said.

    Unprecedented events call for unprecedented actions. Just wait and see….

  18. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 1:55 PM

    Its ok to be worried about the “What Ifs,” but its about the “What Is(Was).” Jopa clearly was the head coach of the football program, he clearly covered up terrible crimes to children. Did those actions affect competive balance? Should we even be caring about Penn State football? “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,” this is a legal issue, not a sports issue, it just involves a sports figure.

  19. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 1:56 PM

    @Delf2, perhaps well said, we will see.

  20. gmsingh says: Jul 12, 2012 1:57 PM

    Step 1: take down Paterno’s statue Saddam Hussein style. Step 2: Penn State should never be allowed to have a football program for all time. Colleges are for learning, not for football programs run amuck with pedophiles.

  21. drexelvol says: Jul 12, 2012 2:13 PM

    @mvp43 – Instead of copying my comment from another story almost verbatum, try coming up with an original thought of your own.

  22. drlpdl06 says: Jul 12, 2012 3:14 PM

    @thraiderskin…”Jopa clearly was the head coach of the football program, he clearly covered up terrible crimes to children. Did those actions affect competive balance? Should we even be caring about Penn State football? ” – Yes it most certainly does affect competitive(sic) balance. 14 years of coverup allowed for all the money from donors to continue to flood in, as well as permitting the prestigious reputation of the program to attract top athletes from around the country. If they knew they were coming to play for a known sex-offender, do you think the recruitment pool would be that talented?

  23. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 3:28 PM

    @drlpdlo6, you are probably right, but there is no 100% chance of it being proven. If you are going to play what if(not saying you are wrong in doing so or the NCAA won’t do it as well) then in my what-if, Sandusky gets outed immediately and the impact of the scandal(still disgusting) is far less than it is now. Sure the negative effects are there(sort of), but it is quickly overcome as one sick man, who infiltrated PSU football (this is just a scenario, not a factual argument). We must look at it as what absolutely is. What it is, is
    a very sick individual whose actions where covered up by the School and its officals, one of which was the HC of football. Also, under your own argument, PSU football will suffer greatly under the what-is scenario, from here on out… fair enough?

  24. floridacock says: Jul 12, 2012 3:31 PM

    This issue should be the TOP example of “lack of institutional control” If the NCAA does nothing, every school that has been penalized should be hoppin mad.

  25. drlpdl06 says: Jul 12, 2012 3:41 PM

    @thraiderskin, sadly, your what-if would have been the best possible outcome – Sandusky gets fired and jailed immediately and no other boys are abused by this disgrace. Then, with any luck at all, he gets thrown in g-pop and the rest is history. I think we agree that it’s horrendous no matter what…but I personally think the NCAA needs to have a resounding say, as well.

  26. ukeone says: Jul 12, 2012 4:12 PM

    Patience…Patience Everyone! The NCAA is not going to take any action on ol’PSU until PSU responds ‘honestly and thoroughly’ to all four of the questions posed to them. I am certain that the NCAA (and the B1G) will take all possible actions necessary once ‘all the cards’ are finally laid on the table. I am also certain that the NCAA (as well as everyone here) is anxiously awaiting to see just ‘how’ PSU will respond and what responsibilities ‘they are willing to accept.’ It would be the honorable thing for PSU to impose its own death penalty upon itself for its role (or lack thereof) in this entire nightmare. Likewise, release the current coaches and staff (with 100% of their contracts paid to them ‘in full’); give the scholarship-students the option of remaining at PSU to complete their education or to be released to pursue their interests elsewhere & to play football (or any other sport…for that matter) immediately wherever they decide to go; fully cooperate with law enforcement to bring-down all those responsible; and to relinquish their ties with the B1G & NCAA altogether (leaving them to ‘fan for themselves’). This includes no monetary penalties to any school who wishes to withdraw playing against PSU ‘in any sport’. If you must punish the university…do it thoroughly and completely and return this university totally ‘back to the books’ period. Severe? Not really! PSU would still remain ‘a university of higher learning’…you just need to take away ‘the candy’ that has made them ‘what they are today.’ Those kids deserve ‘no less than that!’

  27. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 4:18 PM

    @drlpdl06, I know it feels like the NCAA should, but when you look at the articles in the manual, its as if they went out of their way to avoid criminal acts that don’t directly affect sports. There are times in their articles (those mentioned in the letter to PSU) that you are sure they will include legal actions or what-ifs, but they don’t. Everything seems specifically tailored in support of competition and how it can be adversely affected. I definetly hope he ends up in G-pop, I actually wish we could go back in time and throw is butt in G-pop at Folsom Prison(Im not sure if things are still done the same way there or not). I have been getting hammered on this site all day, but I’m always down for good debate.

  28. delfi2 says: Jul 12, 2012 4:22 PM


    I understand where you argument is about the NCAA. But can we all not agree on the simple fact that these institutions and Universities are there to groom young people into the leaders of tomorrow?

    They are employed, by the state no less, to watch over young people and help them mature and assimilate into the real world. How can these victims do that now? What about the current and past student body who feel betrayed and are confused because the world they knew has been turned upside down?

    Institutional control means just that….control over a program and all of its tentacles that make up the program. They clearly DID NOT have any control over what was occurring.
    Did these actions effect the NCAA directly? Probably not.

    We can, however, argue that this will effect the NCAA indirectly. This mess is not what higher education is all about. Further, the entire college landscape, not limited to just this University or football program, the NCAA has a responsibility to make sure the integrity of the college athletics landscape does not become jeopardized.

  29. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:40 PM

    Death Penalty

    Banish them to NBC along with Notre Dame

  30. dbldmr says: Jul 12, 2012 5:52 PM

    Ah, c’mon…send them to Fox or somewhere. As a Notre Dame alum and fan I’m already doing penance on Saturday.

  31. tr5079 says: Jul 13, 2012 12:09 AM

    A message needs to be sent that the tail does not wag the dog.

  32. ukeone says: Jul 13, 2012 4:44 PM


    “A message needs to be sent that the tail does not wag the dog.”

    So true…I Agree!

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