NCAA president Mark Emmert has released a statement regarding the sexual abuse case surrounding Penn State University:
Regarding the ongoing Penn State criminal investigation, the NCAA is actively monitoring developments and assessing appropriate steps moving forward. The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes. As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether Association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. To be clear, civil and criminal law will always take precedence over Association rules.
It is not yet clear whether any NCAA rules have been violated even though the alleged crimes occurred on the campus of an NCAA member institution. The Penn State board of trustees announced that longtime coach Joe Paterno was relieved of his duties, effective Wednesday night.