PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Now that the Freeh report is out, what’s next for Penn State?
Will the NCAA sanction the football program? Will the Department of Education cutback funds?
“The blogosphere is alive with calls for a death penalty,” said Bob Dvorchak, co-author of the book “Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence.”
“For Penn State and the football program, I think there will be sanctions, and the basis of that will be lack of institutional control.”
- Read The Report
- Read Louis Freeh’s Full Comments
- Watch The News Conference
- PSU Board of Trustees’ Reaction
- Attorney General’s Statement On The Report
- Paterno Family Reaction
The “death penalty” means the NCAA would shut down the football team for at least a year.
But former Penn State linebacker LeVar Arrington isn’t so sure it’s the football program which should be punished.
“I think it’s two totally separate things,” said Arrington.
But Dvorchak points out that some of the crimes happened in the Penn State football building and “involved a football culture where Joe Paterno was the ultimate authority.”
A potentially bigger punishment could come from the Department of Education. Under something called the Clery Act, schools are required to report crimes.
“We’ll continue working with all relevant campus officials and law enforcement personnel to determine whether or not there was a violation of the Clery Act,” said a DOE spokesperson.
There could be fines, but in a worst case scenario, violating the act could mean that federal student loans and grants would be shut off.
Dvorchak wonders if the research funding Penn State receives could be impacted.
“All those impact the students at the school who had absolutely nothing to do with this,” said Dvorchak.
And with the criminal investigation continuing, Dvorchak believes there will also be more charges in the case.