Penn State said Tuesday it will respond within days to the NCAA's demand for information as the governing body decides whether the university should face penalties -- including a possible shutdown of its storied football program -- in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson said he doesn't want to "jump to conclusions" about possible sanctions after the head of the NCAA declared the so-called death penalty has not been ruled out.
The NCAA is investigating whether Penn State lost "institutional control" over its athletic program and violated ethics rules. The probe had been on hold for eight months while former FBI Director Louis Freeh conducted an investigation on behalf of the school's board of trustees. Freeh's report asserted that late football coach Joe Paterno and three top officials buried allegations against ex-defensive coordinator Sandusky more than a decade ago to protect the university's image.
Sandusky was convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He awaits sentencing.
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In a PBS interview Monday night, NCAA President Mark Emmert said he's "never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university."
Rodney Erickson said no decision has been made whether to remove the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium. A small plane has been pulling a banner over State College that reads, "Take the statue down or we will." A person who answered the phone at the company to which the plane is registered would not say who paid for the flights.
Meanwhile, Brown University, Paterno's alma mater, said in a statement it had removed his name from its head football coaching position and a student award, and that it was reviewing whether to remove him from Brown's athletic hall of fame.
TCU hires ex-Frog
Ebony Gilliam has been promoted to assistant women's basketball coach at TCU, coach Jeff Mittie announced Tuesday. Gilliam, formerly Ebony Shaw, played at TCU from 2000-04 and ranks sixth on the Frogs' all-time scoring list. She joined the TCU staff as director of operations in 2010.
A graduate of Fort Worth Southwest, Gilliam coached at Fort Worth Dunbar and Fort Worth Trimble Tech before joining the TCU staff.
Mittie announced that Jayci Stone will move from video coordinator to director of operations and associate coach Brian Ostermann will assume recruiting coordinator duties.
Oklahoma State: A woman testified Tuesday that suspended Cowboys basketball player Darrell Williams sexually assaulted her, held her against her will and dragged her in a yard in December 2010. Another woman testified Monday against Williams, who is charged with rape by instrumentation and sexual battery.
Lamar: Men's head basketball coach Pat Knight has hired former Indiana teammate Sherron Wilkerson as an assistant.