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NCAA to deliver 'unprecedented penalties' against Penn State Monday

Ann Keil

7:22 AM CDT, July 23, 2012

Indianapolis

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Swift NCAA action has been promised against the Penn State football program over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

NCAA top officials will make the announcement from their headquarters in downtown Indianapolis Monday at 9 a.m.

Mark Jones, a former NCAA Managing Director of Enforcement, said this is unchartered territory. He spent nearly two decades with the organization.

"For a lot of people like me who have been in this process, we've kind of questioned how the NCAA can take any action in light of the fact that there did not appear to be any underlying NCAA rules violations," said Jones.

However, Jones did say there could be grounds for the punishment by considering an ethical bylaw.

"There are some provisions in the NCAA constitution, maybe the NCAA 10-1 ethical conduct bylaw, that, if you interpret it very broadly, could cover egregious acts of any type."

As for those penalties, the exact details have yet to be revealed. A source told Fox59 a fine around $60 million could be included in the mix.

Also, rumors have been swirling about the death penalty, which would ban Penn State from competing in football for at least a year.

Jones also said the fact that the president has stepped forward to deliver the news himself is unprecedented. Indiana University insider Jeff Rabjohn's with Peegs.com agreed. 

"Cheating is one thing. Paying players is one thing. Allowing agents to funnel players to certain universities is one thing. This is on a completely different level," said Rabjohns.

Sources tell FOX59 that the university could expect long-term penalties. One source even said it will be 'worse than the death penalty.'

"I think the days of Penn State football being what we knew Penn State football to be under Joe Paterno are over for the foreseeable future," said Rabjohns.

"If the NCAA imposes sanctions that really cut into the muscle of the program, grant and aid restrictions is one of the main ones that can have very long term effects on the ability of a program to recover," said Jones.

Jones also said to expect corrective actions listed amongst the penalties.