First Penn State. Now Syracuse. Concerned that allegations of child sex abuse in two big college sports programs could trigger more cases around the country, universities are urging employees to reread their school’s reporting policies, while more closely scrutinizing the people who work in their athletic departments.
Those reminders were circulating even as news of the scandals kept unfolding.
On Friday, the NCAA notified Penn State it would investigate the school for lack of institutional control resulting from the child sex abuse allegations against Joe Paterno’s former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. The evening before, Syracuse placed basketball coach Jim Boeheim’s top assistant, Bernie Fine, on leave after old allegations resurfaced that he molested two former ballboys. Sandusky and Fine each have denied the accusations against them.
In his letter to Penn State, NCAA president Mark Emmert restated a message that schools have been receiving simply by watching the news.