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September 25, 2012 | By the Inquirer Staff
The NCAA president says his organization would have investigated Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal if the university had not commissioned its own investigation, according to a report. CBSSports.com reported that Mark Emmert, speaking at the Division I Faculty Athletics Representatives annual meeting on Monday, said the NCAA's investigation likely would not have begun until the spring and would have lasted a year. Penn State hired a firm run by former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the matter in November.
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July 30, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "Continuing these unprecedented sanctions harms innocent student athletes and further erodes the increasingly specious credibility" of the NCAA, the five lawmakers wrote in a July 24 letter to Mark Emmert, president of the organization that oversees college sports. The representatives cited an April 9 Commonwealth Court ruling that sharply questioned the validity of a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State imposing the penalties.
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November 6, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the chaotic aftermath of Jerry Sandusky's 2012 arrest on child-molestation charges, the NCAA apparently was so intent on punishing Pennsylvania State University that it overlooked questions about its authority to do so, according to e-mails from the organization made public Wednesday. "I know we are banking on the fact that the school is so embarrassed they will do anything, but I am not sure about that," Kevin Lennon, the NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, said in a July 2012 message to the NCAA's then-director of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach.
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August 12, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
LESS THAN 24 hours after NCAA president Mark Emmert called for immediate changes in college sports, the NCAA's board of directors approved a measure that would include postseason bans if teams fall below the new Academic Progress Rate cutline. The new mark for the 4-year rolling average will increase from 900 to 930. In October, NCAA leaders will consider when the new rules will take effect. At this week's 2-day presidential retreat in Indianapolis, Emmert and South Florida president Judy Genshaft , the board's chairwoman, have stressed the need for stronger sanctions for NCAA rule-breakers, a major edit of the massive, 439-page rule book and tougher academic standards for incoming freshmen and junior-college transfers.
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December 28, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
FOR THE SECOND time in less than 2 weeks, schools are objecting to a reform measure sought by university presidents and endorsed by NCAA president Mark Emmert . More than 75 schools are asking to override a plan approved in October to allow multiyear athletic scholarships rather than the 1-year renewable awards schools currently provide. That's the minimum number of dissenters needed for reconsideration by the Division I Board of Directors when it meets next month at the annual NCAA convention.
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October 25, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MORE THAN 300 major college football and men's basketball players are telling the NCAA and college presidents they want a cut of ever-increasing TV sports revenue to fatten scholarships and cover all the costs of getting a degree, with athletes picking up still more grant money when they graduate. The players from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue and UCLA have signed a petition asking the NCAA to "realize its mission to educate and protect us with integrity. " The National College Players Association, an athletes' advocacy group, provided the Associated Press with copies of the document.
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February 25, 2013
By Saturday, the stars were gone from the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. But still remaining were Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan , two of the best in match play. Poulter beat Steve Stricker to raise his record in match play over the last four years to 19-3-2. Mahan beat U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson , to put himself in position to join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship. Poulter and Mahan meet in one semifinal Sunday morning.
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November 11, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA is watching developments in the Penn State case but will defer to criminal investigators for now. "The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law-enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes," president Mark Emmert said yesterday. "As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. " Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period.
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January 31, 2012
NCAA president Mark Emmert reiterated his support Monday for a two-round, four-team BCS championship playoff. Emmert said there are ongoing discussions about what he described as a Final Four model, a scenario that this season would've matched LSU against Stanford, and Alabama vs. Oklahoma State, with the winners advancing to the title game. Alabama beat LSU, 21-0, to avenge its lone loss and win the championship in a criticized rematch. Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien named Jim Bernhardt as special assistant and director of player development, and Craig Fitzgerald , a La Salle High School graduate whose most recent coaching job was at South Carolina, as director of strength and conditioning.
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December 28, 2011
A U.S. District Judge in Delaware said a bankruptcy judge who freed the Los Angeles Dodgers from provisions of their current Fox Sports TV contract likely improperly relied on a single case in making his decision. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark halted the Dodgers' plans to sell the media rights to future games as part of the team's impending sale. On Tuesday, Stark issued a longer, 33-page ruling explaining his reasoning. Fox currently has the rights to produce, record, and telecast Dodgers games through the 2013 season.
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November 6, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the chaotic aftermath of Jerry Sandusky's 2012 arrest on child-molestation charges, the NCAA apparently was so intent on punishing Pennsylvania State University that it overlooked questions about its authority to do so, according to e-mails from the organization made public Wednesday. "I know we are banking on the fact that the school is so embarrassed they will do anything, but I am not sure about that," Kevin Lennon, the NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, said in a July 2012 message to the NCAA's then-director of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach.
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September 11, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When football recruiting experts, real or imagined, attach a ranking or stars to a recruit, they're really setting odds. The more stars, the better the odds of a payoff for the school that lands the recruit. That's all it is. In football, more than most sports, evaluating 15- and 16-year-olds, trying to figure what kind of player they'll be at age 21, is a tough and risky business. In addition to the inherent danger of the sport, that's why Division I football teams get so many scholarships.
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September 10, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The NCAA, which enjoyed the view from its holier-than-thou pedestal when sanctioning the Penn State football program in 2012, completed its self-serving exacta on Monday, as it patted the program on the head and assumed the part of merciful overlord. There's nothing the NCAA likes better than a little grandstanding now and then, particularly when it comes to big-time college football, which it lost control of to the BCS conferences years ago. The NCAA still has a few areas in which it can swing a sword, however, and Penn State gave president Mark Emmert a free shot as a result of the Jerry Sandusky pedophile scandal.
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July 30, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "Continuing these unprecedented sanctions harms innocent student athletes and further erodes the increasingly specious credibility" of the NCAA, the five lawmakers wrote in a July 24 letter to Mark Emmert, president of the organization that oversees college sports. The representatives cited an April 9 Commonwealth Court ruling that sharply questioned the validity of a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State imposing the penalties.
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September 26, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Fourteen months after Penn State was hit with historic sanctions from the NCAA, the program received some welcomed news yesterday. Citing "continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity," the NCAA dialed back its sanctions. Penn State's football program will gradually see its number of scholarships increase in the next 3 years. That process will begin next season, and the Nittany Lions will be back to a full 85 scholarships by 2016. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the athletics integrity monitor for Penn State, said the university has "made a serious, good-faith effort to embrace and adopt the changes needed to change its future.
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February 25, 2013
By Saturday, the stars were gone from the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. But still remaining were Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan , two of the best in match play. Poulter beat Steve Stricker to raise his record in match play over the last four years to 19-3-2. Mahan beat U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson , to put himself in position to join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship. Poulter and Mahan meet in one semifinal Sunday morning.
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February 22, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NCAA sued Gov. Corbett and other state officials Wednesday to stop them from keeping $60 million in Pennsylvania State University fines for use in the state. The NCAA asserts that it is unconstitutional for a state government to pass a law that interferes with a contract, one that in this case arises from sanctions imposed on the school as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse case. The suit was filed in federal court in Harrisburg hours after Corbett signed legislation that would direct the funds solely to Pennsylvania organizations and agencies that fight and treat child abuse.
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January 31, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
NOW THAT the NCAA has revealed that it is investigating its investigators, isn't it time to end this fraud once and for all. One of the great political mysteries is how an organization that generates ridiculous amounts of cash for the television rights to the NCAA basketball tournament and oversees a never-ending arms race among its member schools in search of endless revenue streams is able to maintain its tax-exempt status. Seems that everybody gets paid expect the players, aka, the "student-athletes.
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