David Berst, the NCAA vice president for Division I, agrees that there is no better time than now for self-examination by member institutions.
"This is really a message to the athletic culture we have in various programs," Berst said. "Somehow, that can't so overwhelm the other reasons we conduct athletic programs."
One of the measures Penn State must take is to enter into an "athletics integrity agreement" with the NCAA.
Penn State must adopt all of the Freeh report recommendations and appoint an independent, NCAA-selected athletics integrity monitor to oversee compliance with the agreement.
"We also welcome the Athletics Integrity Agreement and the third-party monitor, who will be drilling into compliance and culture issues in intercollegiate athletics, in conjunction with the recommendations of the Freeh Report," Penn State president Rodney Erickson wrote in a statement released by the school.
No doubt the NCAA will continue to have more discussions on how to make other programs sure they are complying with the rules. It seems that the leaders understand that simply hoping schools will remain upright is not enough. That is why it wouldn't be surprising for the NCAA to be more proactive in the future.
"We obviously hope we never see anything of this magnitude and egregiousness in our lives, but we do have to make sure the cautionary tale of athletics overwhelming core values of an institution and losing sight of why we are really participating in these activities can occur," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "That is the balance every university needs to strike."
One way of getting a school's attention is to let it know that more will be done to monitor its actions. Berst indicated this could happen when he was asked if the NCAA will step up its efforts in investigating lack of institutional control charges.
"I think there will be a reemphasis in that area," he said. "I believe we will probably pull together a group of experts and maybe some folks from the outside to talk about that and to be more explicit about how we do that within the enforcement context going forward."
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