The NCAA is not planning to punish Baylor the way it did Penn State, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The newspaper, citing sources, said the NCAA will not exert its executive authority to impose sweeping sanctions against Baylor, like it did in 2012 with Penn State, when the university accepted a four-year bowl ban, reduced football scholarships and agreed to pay $60 million to fight child abuse in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal. The NCAA also vacated 111 wins under coach Joe Paterno.
But two years later, the NCAA, facing legal challenges, lifted the postseason ban, and restored scholarships and Paterno’s victories. The NCAA was criticized for exceeding its authority by imposing penalties in a criminal case that did not involve NCAA violations.
In May, a review found that Baylor had failed to respond to reports of sexual assaults by football players and that the athletic department and football staff created a perception that “football was above the rules.”
The Journal said the NCAA is investigating whether athletes received preferential treatment, which could be an impermissible benefit under NCAA rules.