Trustees: Sanctions better than football ban

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The board statement made no reference to the propriety of what Erickson had done, saying trustees held a discussion but did not take any votes.

“The board finds the punitive sanctions difficult and the process with the NCAA unfortunate,” the statement said. “But as we understand it, the alternatives were worse as confirmed by NCAA President Mark Emmert’s recent statement that Penn State was likely facing a multi-year death sentence.”

La Torre said Wednesday that Erickson had authority to act without the approval of the full board.

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