Penn St, 'Cuse cases put other programs on guard
Concerned that allegations of sex abuse at Penn State and Syracuse could trigger more cases, universities are urging employees to reread their school's reporting policies, while more closely scrutinizing the people who work in their athletic departments.
Those reminders were circulating even as news of the scandals kept unfolding.
On Friday, the NCAA notified Penn State it would investigate the school for lack of institutional control resulting from the child sex-abuse allegations against Joe Paterno's former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. The evening before, Syracuse placed basketball coach Jim Boeheim's top assistant, Bernie Fine, on leave after old allegations resurfaced that he molested two former ballboys.
In his letter to Penn State, NCAA president Mark Emmert said it was critical for every school to re-examine policies that will help young people instead of making them victims.