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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Big Ten statement on Penn State scandal

By Adam Rittenberg

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on Wednesday issued a statement on the scandal that has embroiled Penn State and its athletic program.

Delany's full statement reads:
The entire situation is so sad. There is anger, confusion, and heartache on the part of many. First and foremost, our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been negatively impacted by this series of events, particularly the young victims and their families.
We hear new information on an hourly basis and recognize that there is still much to be determined. We will wait until the Board of Trustees draws its final conclusions on personnel matters before commenting on such matters ourselves.
Additionally, the Board is appointing a Special Committee to undertake a full investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury report, and the Grand Jury investigation is ongoing. We will wait until these two entities have drawn their conclusions before we draw any of our own on the investigation and therefore have no further comment at this time.

No mention of Penn State coach Joe Paterno in the statement. The Big Ten clearly has decisions to make regarding any potential action against Paterno and Penn State. It also will weigh whether to keep Paterno's name on the Big Ten championship trophy.