Will Yoder
Saturday November 19th, 2011

The NCAA has notified Penn State University that they will launch an investigation into the school’s athletic programs following the recent sexual abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, according to CBS Sports.

"I am writing to notify you that the NCAA will examine Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant responsible personnel," NCAA President Mark Emmert wrote to the school. "We recognize that there are ongoing federal and state investigations and the NCAA does not intend to interfere with those probes."

The entire letter, sent to President Rodney Erickson, can be read here.

Penn State University has been swarmed in controversy following allegations that longtime former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had sexually molested at least eight young boys. It was revealed in a grand jury investigation that several university administrators, including head football coach Joe Paterno, became aware of allegations of abuse in 2002 but never contacted local police authorities. Over the past two weeks, Paterno and former school president Graham Spanier were fired after decades of service to the school. Other Penn State administrators, Tim Curley (athletic director) and vice president Gary Schultz, have been charged criminally with perjury and failure to report child abuse.

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