Penn State board to discuss NCAA sanctions on Sunday
August 11, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn State Board of Trustees will meet by conference call Sunday to discuss ratifying a consent decree signed by university President Rodney Erickson last month to accept NCAA sanctions over the school's failures in a child sex-abuse scandal.
Initially viewed as a rubber stamp needed to move the board forward and override a small faction of trustees who have sought to appeal the punishment, the meeting may not resolve the matter. At least one trustee has proposed extending the process before the board votes.
According to a statement by the Board of Trustees, "the sole purpose of the special meeting is for the trustees to consider ratification of the binding consent decree imposed by the NCAA and accepted by the University."
But Penn State trustee Joel Myers emailed his fellow members on Friday and suggested three steps before holding a ratification vote: review the legal advice Penn State received before Erickson signed the consent decree with approval from the board's executive committee, but not the full board; review the Freeh Report; and review the sanctions.