The Joe Paterno statue was removed from its place outside Penn State's football stadium. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
When Joe Paterno died in Jan. 2012, the statue became a gathering place for mourners. (Photo by Andrew Weber/US Presswire)
Onlookers take pictures at the former site of the Joe Paterno Statue.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA says it will levy "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal involving former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The NCAA announced Sunday that it will detail the sanctions on Monday. It disclosed no details, saying only that NCAA President Mark Emmert and Ed Ray, the chairman of the NCAA's executive committee and Oregon State's president, will be at the news conference.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts for abusing 10 boys over a number of years. A report commissioned by Penn State found that coach Joe Paterno and other school leaders had helped cover up allegations against Sandusky.
Emmert has not ruled out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the scandal, adding that he had "never seen anything as egregious."
Also in State College, PA Sunday. the famed statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.
Workers lifted the statue off its base and used a forklift to move it into Beaver Stadium early Sunday as the 100 to 150 students watching chanted, "We are Penn State."
The university announced that it was taking down the monument in the wake of an investigative report that found the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The statue turned into a target for Paterno's critics after former FBI Direct or Louis Freeh alleged a cover-up by Paterno and others that allowed Sandusky to continue molesting boys.