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Dean Roberts Comments for NPR on NCAA Sanctions for Penn State
Dean Gary Roberts told National Public Radio (NPR) the NCAA is not meant to be a law enforcement agency and should not take on that role regarding the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky scandal. Roberts said he would urge the organization to use its bully pulpit to urge its members to not let their athletic programs become too powerful. Dean Roberts made the comments in a story for NPR’s Morning Edition program on July 16, 2012.
“For the NCAA to have the kind of power to discipline institutions because members of their athletic program or their senior leadership engage in immoral or illegal conduct that really has nothing to do with athletics, I think that’s very worrisome,” Dean Roberts told NPR reporter Tom Goldman.
The NCAA is not meant to be a law enforcement agency and Dean Roberts said he believes the university will suffer without sanctions. “I think the whole institution has been damaged,” he said. Friends of his on the faculty tell him this will have a ripple effect beyond just athletics.