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Penn State Requests More Time to Respond to NCAA Inquiry

by on December 15, 2011 3:21 PM

Penn State has requested more time to respond to the NCAA inquiry that it received on Nov. 17, the university announced Thursday.

The inquiry centers on actions surrounding the alleged sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky, and on a subsequent alleged cover-up by university officials. Now-former athletic director Tim Curley and retired Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz are charged with perjury and failure to report in connection with the latter.

In a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert, university general counsel Cynthia A. Baldwin went into some detail about the Penn State request for more time. The NCAA had sought a response to its inquiry by Dec. 16. But in a conversation with the NCAA on Nov. 23, Baldwin wrote, "it became evident that the questions being asked in your (inquiry) might be answered in the course of the investigations currently in progress."

Those investigations include efforts by the state Office of Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Education. A separate investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh also is under way, having been initiated by a a Penn State board special committee.

"The university understands that the NCAA will continue to monitor these investigations and will have access to the report of the Special Investigations Task Force," led by the PSU special board committee, Baldwin's letter goes on. "At that time the NCAA will determine if a further response from the university is necessary. Therefore, the university is requesting an enlargement of time in order to accommodate the above process."

Baldwin's entire letter can be read here (PDF download). Kenneth Frazier, who leads the special board committee, has said he hopes the Freeh-led investigation will be complete by spring 2012.

Criminal proceedings against Schultz and Curley, meanwhile, will move forward Friday, as both Schultz and Curley are expected to face preliminary hearings in Dauphin County.

Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Bellefonte.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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