NCAA to Hit Penn State With 'Unprecedented' Penalties

Announcement coming tomorrow, 'death penalty' on the table
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2012 9:41 AM CDT
NCAA to Hit Penn State With 'Unprecedented' Penalties
A covering lies on top of the head of the statue of Joe Paterno before it is removed Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa.   (AP Photo/John Beale)

Even as Penn State took down Joe Paterno's statue this morning, the NCAA is getting ready to levy "unprecedented" penalties against the university, an NCAA source tells CBS News. "I've never seen anything like it," the source says. The NCAA itself confirmed that "corrective and punitive measures" would be announced tomorrow morning, though it had no further details, notes the AP.

NCAA President Mark Emmert recently hinted that the so-called "death penalty" is on the table for Penn State's storied football program, saying of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, "I've never seen anything as egregious." Paterno's family, meanwhile, said in a statement that taking down his statue "does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community." (More Penn State sex abuse stories.)

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