The Penn State Board of Trustees met for a discussion tonight. A vote was not required and none was taken. The Board finds the punitive sanctions difficult and the process with the NCAA unfortunate. But as we understand it, the alternatives were worse as confirmed by NCAA President Mark Emmert’s recent statement that Penn State was likely facing a multi-year death sentence. The University and Board resolve to move forward together to recognize the historical excellence in Penn State’s academic and athletic programs. We anticipate and look forward to demonstrating our outstanding performance in complying with the sanctions. We continue to recognize the important role that intercollegiate athletics provides for our student athletes and the wider University community as we strive to appropriately balance academic and athletic accomplishments. Penn State will remain a world-class educational institution of which our students, faculty, staff and alumni can be justifiably proud. The commitment demonstrated by our student athletes in recent days embodies all that is good about Penn State and we look forward to unprecedented support by the Nittany nation when we take the field this fall.
During the last 72 hours there have been a number of interviews and statements from the University regarding the NCAA sanctions and the consent decree. Below are links to a few:
No regrets for Bill O’Brien
Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien talks to Rece Davis regard the NCAA sanctions
Video: Penn State responds to sanctions
Rodney Erickson, Dave Joyner and Karen Peetz speak with John Barr from ESPN regarding the NCAA sanctions
On July 23, President Rodney Erickson, Interim Athletic Director David Joyner and Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz spoke with Centre Daily Times Executive Editor Chip Minemyer regarding the recent NCAA Consent Decree. For full video coverage of the nearly 30-minute video please go to the Centre Daily Times website at: http://www.centredaily.com/2012/07/23/3270612/video-cdt-interview-with-rodney.html.
The video interview includes responses to the NCAA sanctions, the Consent Decree, paying the $60 million fine, impact to football players, donor reaction, Paterno’s legacy, BOT resignations, among other topics.
The tragedy of child sexual abuse that occurred at our University altered the lives of innocent children. Today, as every day, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse.
Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA www.ncaa.com. With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward.
A press conference to announce NCAA corrective and punitive measures for The Pennsylvania State University.
Monday, July 23 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time
Ed Ray, NCAA Executive Committee chair and Oregon State University president
Mark Emmert, NCAA President