UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Big Ten Conference said Thursday it plans to review the alleged child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
The 12-team league said it reserves the right to sanction the school depending on what it uncovers.
"While it is premature to reach any conclusions regarding civil or criminal liability arising out of these events, there does appear to be sufficient information to raise significant concerns as to whether a concentration of power in a single individual or program may have threatened or eroded institutional control of intercollegiate athletics at Penn State," the Big Ten said in a statement.
The Big Ten presidents and chancellors said they want their legal counsel involved in any investigation into "matters of institutional control, ethical conduct and/or other compliance-related issues" being conducted by Penn State or the NCAA.
The conference plans to conclude its inquiry by spring.
"We understand the concerns of the Big Ten council of presidents and chancellors, we intend to work with them to fulfill the Big Ten's needs for information relative to this matter, and president [Rodney] Erickson will participate with the other presidents and chancellors in their upcoming discussions," Penn State said in a statement.
Penn State received a letter from NCAA president Mark Emmert last month informing the school that its athletic department was being examined in the wake of the Sandusky allegations. Penn State is supposed to respond by Dec. 16.
Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired Nov. 9, shortly after the grand jury released its findings in the Sandusky case.
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