NCAA Launches Investigation Into Penn State Abuse Allegations

NCAA puts pressure on Penn State to answer tough questions.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association will investigate Penn State University's athletic programs in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse against a former assistant football coach, the university said on Friday.

"I am writing to notify you that the NCAA will examine Penn State's institutional controls over its intercollegiate athletic programs, as well as the actions, and inactions of relevant responsible personnel," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a letter to Penn State dated Thursday.

Emmert outlined several questions that university officials must be prepared to answer as part of its probe.

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Responses are expected by Dec 16 in order for the NCAA to determine its next steps, the letter said.

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was charged on Nov 5 with multiple counts of child sexual abuse. Two senior university officials were charged with perjury for giving allegedly false testimony to a grand jury.