NCAA President Mark Emmert said that he hasn't ruled out any potential punishment -- not even the so-called "death penalty" -- for Penn State in an interview with PBS' Tavis Smiley.
"I've never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university and hope never to see it again," Emmert said. "What the appropriate penalties are, if there are determinations of violations, we'll have to decide."
Emmert repeatedly emphasized that precedent -- including the SMU case -- isn't exactly applicable: the Penn State scandal demonstrates a unique, especially egregious scenario that past cases don't exactly cover, with Emmert classifying the case as "much more than a football scandal." Emmert's hesitance to rule anything out can't be comforting to Penn State fans.
As for action, we won't hear anything on that for a while. Emmert said that he expects a response from Penn State to the NCAA's letter of inquiry regarding the Sandusky trial within weeks -- the NCAA will in all likelihood wait to hear what Penn State has to say in that response before handing down any punishments.