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NCAA poised to hit Penn State with 'corrective and punitive measures'

On Monday, the NCAA is scheduled to hit Penn State with 'corrective and punitive measures' for the university's failure to prevent repeated sexual abuse of young boys by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien gestures during the team's spring scrimmage in State College, Pa. On Monday, the NCAA is scheduled to issue sanctions against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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The NCAA appears ready to hit Penn State with stiff sanctions because of the university’s failure to prevent years of child sex abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The organization – the National Collegiate Athletic Association – has scheduled a Monday morning press conference to announce “corrective and punitive measures” against the university’s football program. The NCAA is empowered to enforce infractions of the rules agreed to by member schools, although critics over the years have said the organization typically is not tough enough in addressing offenses.

While the NCAA has yet to detail its findings and whatever sanctions it might impose, a high-ranking association source told CBS News that penalties against both the Penn State football team and the university itself would be “unprecedented.”

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That could include no post-season games, loss of scholarships, and a TV ban, but it could go as far as the so-called “death penalty” – shutting down Penn State’s football program for one or more seasons.

The last time that happened to a major football school was in 1987, when Southern Methodist University had to sit out a season for paying players.


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