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Joel Myers - NCAA Quotes 082512

Joel Myers - NCAA Quotes 082512

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These are quotes assembled by Joel Myers.Many people have asked where is the truth about the alleged threat made to Penn StatePresident Rod Erickson by the NCAA over the
 “death penalty.” 
It seems clear frompublished information that the NCAA threatened Penn State President Rod Erickson with the
 “death penalty
,
” 
at least up until July 20, 2012.The published reports, presented below, suggest that if they decided then not to impose thedeath penalty, it seems they did so secretly and did not advise Penn State that the deathpenalty, previously threatened, was off of the table when the Consent Decree was offered.But even that NCAA
 “
story
” 
seems in doubt in reading the quote and reports below.Ed Ray, Oregon State President, is widely quoted as indicating that the death penalty wasnever considered, yet his actual words indicate two votes were taken on the death penalty,one in the Executive Committee and one in the Division I Board. This means they didseriously consider it
why else would a vote be taken. Further Emmert is clear the vote Rayreferred to was because, in the Division I Board, they
 “
had coalesced around a decision:
Shut down Penn State's football program for four years.” 
 Additionally Mark Emmert, NCAA President, is quoted as saying that Penn State
’ 
s willingnessto accept the penalties without due process was what saved Penn State from the deathpenalty.This is an outrageous statement that suggests if Penn State wanted due process, it wouldbe summarily executed.It seems it was a game of threat, coercion, and deceit by t
he NCAA’s
in dealing with PennState and in comments afterward.Quotes by Ed Ray (the quotes below come from the Oregon State Beavers: A Q&A with Dr.Ed Ray, OSU president, on the NCAA's ruling on Penn State. Published: Monday, July 23,2012, 5:16 PM Updated: Monday, July 23, 2012, 5:34 PM ByJohn Hunt, The Oregonian.)
 
 “I think it culminated with the Freeh Report that was commissioned and accepted
without exception by the university. It was the release of that report and theacceptance of the findings by the university itself and the concurrence with the NCAAthat led us to move forward with deliberations over whether or not it would beappropriate to create a set of punitive and corrective actions by the NCAA to beimposed on Penn State University
hopefully in a consent decree, where the
university accepts proposed actions we put forward, and that’s what happened.
As part of that, we talked about whether suspension of play ought to be one of theactions that we would call for.
But the overwhelming vote
we took a vote
in both the executive committeeand the Division I board was not to include a suspension of play or death penalty,
 
and then we quickly moved to the menu of actions that you heard about today, andwe voted unanimously to support that package. At no time did we ever have a
discussion about, “If they don’t do this, we’re going to do that.’’ That is a
conversation that never occurred.I think most universities do operate with great integrity, do have wonderfulcommunity and institutional values that they adhere to. So these are corrective
actions for a university that lost on its values and its culture, and we’ve proposed
very specific c
orrective actions for Penn State.” 
Quotes by Dr. Mark Emmert:According to a story written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Don Van Natta Jr., Emmertcalled Erickson July 17 and "told him the majority of the NCAA's Division I board of directors- - 18 university presidents - had coalesced around a decision: Shut down Penn State'sfootball program for four years."Gene Marsh, a former chairman of the NCAA's infractions committee who defended formerOhio State coach Jim Tressel, had been hired by Penn State to help negotiate sanctions inthe wake of the scandal. According to Van Natta, Marsh received a call July 17 from DonaldRemy, the NCAA's general counsel. Remy told Marsh that Penn State was facing a deathpenalty for multiple seasons. Inside the negotiations that brought Penn State football to thebrink of extinction.Updated: August 4, 2012, 4:37 PM ET
By Don Van Natta Jr.| ESPN The Magazine
 On July 17 Emmert was interviewed on PBS and said the following:
 “What the appropriate penalties are if there are determinations of violations we will
have to decide and we will hold in abeyance all those decisions until we have actuallydecided what we want to do with actual charges should there be a
ny. I don’t want to
take anything off the table. The fact is this is completely different than an
impermissible benefit scandal at SMU or anything else we have dealt with.” 
July 23
rd
 http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--mark-emmert-ncaa-president-penn-state-sanctions-exclusive-interview-joe-paterno.htmlEmmert told Y! Sports that a multi-year suspension of the football program was "vigorouslydiscussed" with members of the Division I Board of Directors. Ultimately, Penn State'swillingness to take its medicine
commissioning, accepting and making public thedamaging Freeh Commission report, and accepting massive NCAA penalties without dueprocess
helped save the school from a complete shutdown of football for a season orlonger, Emmert said.July 24
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