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Penn State to address NCAA, statue concerns within the next week

Penn State University President Rodney Erickson Chairman of the Board of Trustees speaks as Karen B. Peetz and chair of the school's Investigation committee Kenneth C. Frazier listen during a news conference following a meeting on the school's Worthington Reuters

Facing mounting pressure, Penn State interim president Rodney Erickson says the school will respond to the NCAA’s demand for information regarding the university’s role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal — possibly within days.

“The NCAA has indicated that they’d like me to respond … as quickly as possible now that we have the Freeh report,” Erickson told the Associated Press. “So we’ve already started the process of starting to compose that response. We’ll do so over the course of the next few days and get that response back as soon as possible, and we’ll then engage in discussions with the NCAA.”

Yesterday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said he would not “take anything off the table” when it came to possible punishment for PSU, including the Death Penalty.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here,” Erickson said in response. “Let’s wait for this process to unfold. President Emmert has said that the NCAA will take a deliberate and deliberative process in addressing this, so I don’t think we should jump to any conclusions at this point.”

Additionally, PSU spokesperson Dave la Torre said Tuesday night a decision on the statue of former coach Joe Paterno would be made within the next 7-10 days. The university’s Board of Trustees haven’t made a formal decision regarding the statue, though a plane flying over the school on Tuesday morning warned “Take down the statue, or we will.


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36 Responses to “Penn State to address NCAA, statue concerns within the next week”
  1. mgavin78 says: Jul 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    These folks at PSU are clueless. Rip down the statue.. Shut down the football program for 3 years and start over from scratch.

  2. timh1955 says: Jul 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    Looks like PSU is going to get the death penalty.

  3. djstat says: Jul 17, 2012 8:00 PM

    Fry them! But do it quick so the student athletes who did nothing wrong can transfer

  4. kozbee says: Jul 17, 2012 8:23 PM

    If the BOT would do whats right and get their school cleaned up and take down that statue i would hope the NCAA would be abit easier on them.If the BoT doesn`t want to play cards then bring down the curtain.

  5. mgavin78 says: Jul 17, 2012 8:27 PM

    It’s like the people at PSU are in a crazy cult. Lol

  6. datrout24 says: Jul 17, 2012 8:29 PM

    kozbee, you can’t make up for what they did by taking down the statue. Yes it needs to come down, but they deserve the death penalty anyway.

  7. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 17, 2012 8:29 PM

    If PED state decides to keep mr. Magoo’s statue, then erect a bronze statue of a nude Jerry Sandusky.

  8. delfi2 says: Jul 17, 2012 8:31 PM

    FINALLY something about this tragic debacle starting to make sense. DEATH PENALTY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. it was not just a football issue, but a culture issue, and what is even more shocking, possibly a community issue – will not know for sure until years later. Further, the failure by so many prominent, educated, worshiped men is and will leave me always feeling extremely disturbed and shocked that these supposed educators missed the bigger picture and made such poor decisions.
    The fraudulent behavior after being notified is what could leave me scarred for years. Who can you trust now?! I mean really Joepa, thanks…

  9. philliephaninva says: Jul 17, 2012 8:38 PM

    Lose the statue, kill the football program, and tear down the stadium. Maybe then we can start talking about how to compensate the victims.

  10. papichulo55 says: Jul 17, 2012 8:38 PM

    Not sure that the death penalty is the right thing. Those boys were mostly recruited by a phony at-risk program. Why not levy fines that would make Bernie Madoff blush! Use the money to help REAL organizations that serve at-risk youth all over the state.

    We cant lose focus of the victims as we seek to punish everyone and everything associated with this. Maybe we can even persuade some PSU students to refocus their misplaced loyalty towards volunteering to help the at-risk kids in their communities. Just a thought..

  11. tomdrum7 says: Jul 17, 2012 8:51 PM

    Death Penalty is not warranted. An ex-employee used a charity he founded outside of PSU to commit horrible crimes. The guilty parties have been named and their punishment will be severe. Why not ask victims of Sandusky’s acts if Penn State should get the “death penalty” because of what happened. I think they they would agree the current players were not to blame nor the 100’s of student athletes who benefit from the football program. Not to mention the number of local State College business owners who will suffer the loss of PSU’s 7 home games that keep many people employed all year long because those home games carry the business. Add to that the trickle down effect of loss of new construction of hotels and restaurants.. A Death Penalty will mean a death to many jobs, closed business’s and increased unemployment. Who are you punishing? The poor guy who parks cars or sells you a hot dog? State College residents didn’t cause this, this is 5 people who are/were idiots. The death penalty would be like using a nuclear weapon on Pakistan to get Bin Laden rather than using a surgical strike. My heart goes out to all the victims, may you find the strength and help to move on.

  12. quintink says: Jul 17, 2012 8:52 PM

    Penn State should have the grace to sanction themselves with the death penalty. If they don’t, the NCAA should . If you agree, sign the petition at

  13. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 17, 2012 8:58 PM

    It appears to me that the people speaking out against the death penalty are doing the same thing the conspirators were doing only in a more benign form. That is, putting the football program before the kids….or any other consideration.

    Most of the people here and elsewhere that are screaming and crying about the possibility of Penn St receiving the death penalty are just hoping against hope that nothing bad happens to their precious football team.

    In a sense, if something isn’t done to the football program, the cover-up, in a roundabout way, succeeded. Keeping any harm from coming to their beloved football squad was exactly what Paterno and the others, (Mostly Paterno I fear) had in mind when they covered Sandusky’s crimes up.

    If you don’t punish the football program in some way, shape or form, the conspirators win. They achieve their aims.

    That should not be allowed to happen and the NCAA can see to that by leveling the harshest penalties it can right and squarely at the Penn St football program.

  14. turillos says: Jul 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    papichulo55 throws out some reccomendations for helping the victims and he gets all thumbs down. the only thing you blood suckers care about is seeing penn state destroyed. don’t pretend like you give a crap about the victims, because you don’t.

    and let’s not lose perspective, it was 4 people involved in this cover up, which makes up about .001 percent of “penn staters”.

    here’s an idea, instead of caring so much about penn state football and seeing it destroyed, why don’t you do something that will actually make a difference and go to this link and click on the donate button:

  15. test2402 says: Jul 17, 2012 9:01 PM

    Children were hurt to protect the football program, now hurt the football program for the children who have been hurt. Shut it down.

  16. turillos says: Jul 17, 2012 9:11 PM

    test 2402,

    your statement has a nice ring to it, but how exactly will hurting the football program help the children who have been hurt? psu can do many things that will actually help these children, shutting down the football team would do no such thing.

  17. santolonius says: Jul 17, 2012 9:17 PM

    for penn state, this ain’t some goody bag from a booster to a player in the parking lot. this violation is a full blown heinous sin. if i believed in hell, this would be the kind of sin that would get sent there for all eternity. and hell or not, if one doesn’t do penance for a sin, it stays on your soul forever. penn state needs to step up and make a huge gesture. something that really really hurts. i mean robert de niro lugging his armor up the cliff in “the mission” kind of penance. otherwise this university (and it is an important university) will be cursed forever. the stain of sandusky/paterno will never come off.
    make it count, penn state. go big.

  18. dmcgrann says: Jul 17, 2012 9:24 PM

    Rodney Erickson said, “…we’ve already started the process of starting to compose that response. We’ll do so over the course of the next few days and get that response back as soon as possible…”

    Huh? You’re “starting to compose that response”? Uh, the NCAA sent you a formal letter eight months ago today, so you’re getting around to it?

    My gosh, it sounds like they don’t know what to do or say without Paterno to tell them what to do or say.

    Lot’s of people certainly have their opinions one way or another about whether or not the NCAA even has a say in this matter – but they set out their concerns in their letter, quoting the bylaws that appeared to be of concern, in a “This looks like a violation. If not, why not?” format, and Penn State’s response will probably speak volumes.

  19. bauman007 says: Jul 17, 2012 9:28 PM

    Yes! Because shutting down the football program will solve…. What? I mean when priests are out molesting children nobody called for the catholic church to stop having services on Sundays… But that’s because the church didn’t have to play Ohio State… Seriously if the people who are so focused on ripping down statues and calling for the death penalty would focus their energies and time towards helping victims of abuse… But that won’t get them attention… And before people stereotype me… I am NOT penn state…

    Just someone who thinks many have lost their focus…on the victims

  20. papichulo55 says: Jul 17, 2012 9:52 PM

    Let them play football, just redirect the football-related income. Millions and millions of dollars over, say, a ten year period can be our pound of flesh. The conspirators were protecting MONEY, not football. Take their damn money!

    A lot of people are following these blogs. Why not use this bully pulpit constructively? For instance, I would want to see Penn State give free, four hour credits to any student who volunteers in a youth program. Anywhere, any state, any major, any degree. Maybe other universities will join in. We gotta try to do something! Dont like my idea? Thats OK. Suggest your own.

    And click on that link and donate!

  21. thepancreas says: Jul 17, 2012 10:09 PM

    Penn State doesn’t have effective leadership.

    By allowing this statue issue to drag on and remain in the media for another week is mind-numbingly stupid.

    This issue isn’t going to die anytime soon.

    Do the smart thing, take the statue down. Now.

    Then formulate a punishment to appease the NCAA.

  22. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 17, 2012 10:33 PM

    You are correct they are completely reactive. It’s amazing such educated people have so hard a time doing the right thing. Apparently the problem is a lot bigger than paterno cause he is gone and these still can’t get it right.

  23. ghengy says: Jul 17, 2012 10:48 PM

    One more time, the NCAA has no authority here, they are just pandering to public opinion.

    Sorry, there will be no death penalty. You clowns can put your fangs away, its not happening.

  24. latchbeam says: Jul 17, 2012 11:47 PM

    Death penalty.

  25. thepancreas says: Jul 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    It’s funny—a week ago, I wouldn’t have thought the Death Penalty was even remotely possible.

    Now–if you read the Penn State boards—there is a growing number of fans who seem to be preparing for the death penalty.

    It’s as if they just want it over with.

    I’m starting to think Penn State is going to get the boot.

  26. drunkenagitator says: Jul 18, 2012 1:39 AM

    It’s radical, costly and severe, but if PSU really wants to rid the campus of Paterno-ism, they need to shut the program down entirely for four years. By then the incoming freshmen will barely remember Paterno or PSU football and the campus and community will have had ample time to decompress and put the “Joe Pa” cult in the rear view. It’s a blow the football program might never fully recover from, but at this point so what?

    If they do play in 2012, nothing short of a 13-0 national championship season would prevent the inevitable “we (heart) you Joe” stuff that’s going to be rampant. The notion that their hero was unfairly besmirched and that something was taken from them is going to persist for a while, especially if and when games are taking place. It will be awkward, at best and a PR disaster for PSU at worst especially if the nation begins to see PSU as a place that’s all about Paterno football and nothing else. Of course winning lots of games always makes everything better, but what are the odds on PSU winning it all in 2012?

  27. deadeye says: Jul 18, 2012 2:01 AM

    I don’t think PSU will get the “Death Penalty”, but what they will receive will have the same practical effect. A very LONG bowl ban, many many scholarship reductions, and possibly having to vacate some wins.

    The BIG10 might even be forced to remove PSU from the conference depending on how far the NCAA goes.

  28. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 18, 2012 6:54 AM

    Death penalty

  29. overratedgators says: Jul 18, 2012 8:05 AM

    The fact that some Paterno worshipers are still here trying to defend his image (“we don’t even know which ‘Joe’ the Freeh Report was referring to!”) only goes to illustrate the cult of personality that allowed this situation to happen in the first place. The death penalty is a good idea if only to allow the idolaters a few years to sober up and get their priorities back in the proper order.

    And bauman, there are actually a good number of people who feel that the catholic church has done far more harm than good as an institution over the past few millennia, and believe that yes, it wouldn’t be bad for that institution to shut down as well.

  30. mountaineer50415 says: Jul 18, 2012 8:50 AM

    What I think or what a Penn St. fan thinks is not important. This is something the law and the NCAA have to decide. If Penn St fans make the decission of what is to happpen to Penn St. then why not let Sandusky’s wife decide what happens to him. What does Penn St. have to think about. It is not their decision.
    This was a cover up sense the 70es. How can that be punished so that the victims are satisfied?
    What ever is decided it should be done with the victims in mind. EX. For the next 40 years pay the victims a percentage of profits.
    Something else is to be considered. Victims should step forward and prove they are victims. They can not be coming forward for the rest of time here on earth. Come forward now or forever hold you peace.
    To me keeping a statue of a man who did nothing to protect these children is like slapping the victims in the face. Just adding insult to injury. I do not care who says Paterno was a great man or Paterno as an enabler. I do care that the people involved are punished to the extent of the law. Like Mr. Slive said. No one man should be allowed to rip the soul out of an institution. Worshiping human beings allows things like this to happen. Therefore, a good college went down.

  31. galvezben says: Jul 18, 2012 9:38 AM

    Since football continues to be more important to the pSU fanatics than accepting the fact that their entire way of life is morbid and freaky and well, felonious, let them have a football program. However, remove them from the Big10. Make them operate an a independent. No bowls. No TV. No chance to participate in the championship series. Good luck getting schools to play you freaks. The program will slowly rot on the vine as it should. Heck, Beaver Stadium could possibly host the Division III playoffs.

  32. j0esixpack says: Jul 18, 2012 10:25 AM

    All this talk about the “death penalty for Penn State” makes me wonder why we’re not discussing the death penalty for Sandusky instead.

  33. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 18, 2012 10:37 AM

    How is being a penn stat alum/fan equivalent to living a morbid freaky way of life? Wtf r u even talking about?

    this coverup/inaction was perpetrated by A few closely connected people at the top. The disgusting crimes were committed by one person. But sure if you want to stereotype another 500,000 people in with them go ahead. Do that with any other group minority and your racist/sexist. But I guess it’s cool to bash all things Penn state. Think before you speak.

  34. moochzilla says: Jul 18, 2012 11:39 AM

    Saying that PSU’s football program will never recover without some kind of JoePa mythology surrounding it is silly.

    The campus isn’t located in Alaska, it’s in the heart of HS football country. It’s a huge school in a big conference with a big building broadcasting games to big TV markets. They’ll be able to rebuild no matter what.

    If JoePa had really been a good and moral guy, he’d have been totally forgotten by 2040 anyway. Our culture has ADD.

    Know who Ara Parseghian is? George Gipp? Red Grange? Fordham’s Blocks of Granite?

    These were all idols in their time, and people thought they’d be lauded and remembered forever. It just isn’t so. They’re just names in dusty books and unrecognized names on aging campus building.

    Stop acting like Joe Pa matters to anything in the future. He doesn’t. He’s done, and soon to be forgotten.

  35. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    ghengy thinks if he keeps saying it and posting it over and over, he’ll will it (NCAA sanctions against PSU) not to happen. How about you start wishing for a non-defective brain? Some common sense? A sense of humor? Some integrity? The help of a qualified and patient mental health professional? I mean there is so much you so clearly need, why not wish for those things instead of a football season for PSU in 2012 or 2013?

  36. usmcbronzestar says: Jul 18, 2012 10:27 PM

    The comment that this is not at very least partly a football problem is totally dumb. Even in the report it stated that even the lowest of the employees knew something happened and yet did nothing. While I am not in their shoes, and can never guess what I’d do even if I was. It just brings you to wonder just how many more knew something and did nothing. You cannot tell me me that others between the highest level and the lowest level knew nothing. Do I feel the death penalty is warranted, the answer is yes. At very least the NCAA should suspend the program for at the term of one year, and than review Penn St. program and see if it does warrant reinstatement. I do agree that the NCAA should allow the players free and instant transfer eligibility.

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