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That last paragraph is awfully intriguing and I think the point where they could take action if they deem action is necessary. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. But for those arguing that punishing the innocent for wrongs done by those who no longer attend the university is wrong, then UM shouldn't be penalized at all anymore as those who were in the wrong have now vacated the premises and any additional punishment would be placed upon the innocent who were not a part of original ordeal. (Barring RayRay situation which may or may not still be a factor.) Time will tell!
Originally Posted by CaneDynasty
From the NCAA.org webiste:
"“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."
That statement links to the complete letter they wrote to the president of PSU. In that letter you can clearly see where the NCAA in it's constitution and by-laws are concerned with much more than just an "even playing field".
"required to promote the character development of participants"...."enhance the integrity of higher education and promote civility in society"...."all...associated with these athletics programs should adhere to these fundamental values"...."Bylaw 10.01.1....." "it is clear that deceitful and dishonest behavior can be found to be unethical...."
are bandied about liberally.
Here is the kicker paragraph:
"Lastly, it is important to bring to your attention that Bylaw 19.01.2 affirmatively states that "individuals employed by or associated with member institutions for the administration, the conduct or the coaching of intercollegiate athletics are, in the final analysis, teachers of young people. Their responsibility is an affirmative one, and they must do more than avoid improper conduct or questionable acts. Their own moral values must be so certain and positive that those younger and more pliable will be influenced by a fine example. Much more is expected of them than of the less critically placed citizen." This provision has been cited by enforcement in at least half a dozen major infractions cases in the past. Those who exhibit this behavior are meeting the ethical expectations of the NCAA membership. Those who do not, fail us all."
LINK TO NCAA LETTER TO PSU
I think now we can put to rest the argument that the NCAA only cares about a "level playing field" they are chartered to control much more than just the competitive side of things so let's give that argument a rest.
Based on the contents of this letter I fully expect the death penalty as well. At the minimum some severe sanctions on scholarships and post season play for several seasons.