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Penn State To Learn Fate From NCAA Officials

Last updated on Monday, July 23, 2012

(Indianapolis, IN) - NCAA President Mark Emmert will reveal sanctions against Penn State and its football program at a news conference this morning.

The NCAA did not release any details of the punishments. Several media outlets are reporting that the measures will be severe and unprecedented, but will fall short of Penn State receiving the "Death Penalty". The "Death Penalty" would suspend the football program for a minimum of one year.

Today's announcement is the latest in the saga surrounding long-time Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, and the university's failure to thoroughly investigate and report the allegations against Sandusky dating back to the 1990's.

The ensuing scandal led to indictments against former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz and the firings of long-time head football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier.

The announcement from the NCAA comes one day after current Penn State president Rodney Erickson ordered the removal of a statue honoring Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium. Paterno died in January.

Joining Emmert for this morning's announcement will be Oregon State University president Ed Ray, who is the chairman of the NCAA's executive committee.

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