Big Ten leaders want to be part of Penn State athletic department investigation
The Big Ten Conference wants to know more about the Penn State athletic program.
The council also said it will review the grand jury reports and examine how they relate to Penn State's "institutional control, ethical conduct and/or other compliance related issues."
Ultimately, Penn State faces sanctions or other discipline from the Big Ten, the statement said.
Sandusky faces more than 50 charges of child sex abuse. The most recent grand jury report was released Wednesday and included allegations that Sandusky abused two boys he got to know through the charity he founded for at-risk boys. Sandusky was arrested Wednesday and posted bail Thursday.
The Big Ten council expressed its "sincere concern" for any of the children or families impacted by the allegations brought up against Sandusky and explained how it remains committed to examining its respective institutions to ensure the ongoing safety of children.
The council didn't make any hard conclusions regarding the Sandusky case, but explain a concern surrounding the university's lack of institutional control.
"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 statement read.
Last month, child sex-abuse charges were filed against Sandusky following a two-year grand jury investigation.
Penn State has since fired former football coach Joe Paterno and former president Graham Spanier. Athletic director Tim Curley, currently under suspension, has been charged with perjury.
Earlier this week, NCAA president Mark Emmert told reporters that the NCAA has yet to begin a formal investigation of the school, and is conducting an inquiry.
On Nov. 21, Penn State named ex-FBI director Louis Freeh to an investigative panel tasked with an independent investigation. Retired Retired Air Force Col. and astronaut Guion Bluford — a Penn State graduate — also is on the panel.