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Monday, September 24, 2012
Emmert hopes PSU action is isolated case

By Adam Rittenberg

The NCAA has never punished a program quite like it did Penn State football and never without first conducting a formal investigation of its own.

NCAA president Mark Emmert hopes neither will happen again.

According to CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd, Emmert told a group of Division I faculty representatives Monday in Texas that he never wants to go down the road he did with Penn State in July. Emmert received the green light from the NCAA board to impose severe sanctions on Penn State. In every other infractions case, the NCAA's infractions committee imposes penalties following an investigation and a formal hearing.

"The authority I used in the Penn State case I never plan to use again," Emmert said.

Emmert also confirmed again what myself and others have reported since July -- that the NCAA used the Freeh Report in lieu of a formal investigation. Because Penn State's trustees commissioned the Freeh Report, the NCAA viewed it as an equivalent to a self-report in an infractions case.

If there had been no Freeh Report, the NCAA would have launched its own investigation, Emmert said, but only after all the legal proceedings had concluded with former Penn State officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. The Curley and Schultz trials begin in January, and Emmert said Monday the NCAA's investigation would have lasted a year.

If that had been the case, Penn State would have been spared sanctions two full seasons (2012, 2013). While there's little doubt the NCAA still would have imposed some punishments, everything would have been delayed.

More from Monday's meeting:
Emmert was asked specifically by former NCAA infractions committee chairman Jo Potuto if he was willing to say Penn State was a "one and done" case. He replied, "If you're asking me will there be a case like Penn State in next 10-15 years, I would certainly hope not."

Although Emmert had addressed the Freeh Report's significance before, his comments Monday are sure to add fuel for those who believe Penn State didn't receive due process before being hammered and that the Freeh Report isn't viable.