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Big Ten Hasn't Ruled Out Expulsion Of Penn State, According To Report

NCAA president Mark Emmert has said that no punishment is off the table for Penn State following a sex abuse scandal that resulted in 45 guilty verdicts for former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Now the Big Ten conference is apparently taking the same approach and isn't ruling out anything for the Nittany Lions.

According to a report from the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Big Ten has prepared an 18-page plan of proposals in reaction to the recent scandal. Among the ideas would be to expel the Nittany Lions from the conference altogether, although that is considered "unlikely." A vote to expel Penn State would reportedly require a 70 percent vote from the conference's Council of Presidents and Chancellors.

Other ideas include giving commissioner Jim Delany the authority to fire individual athletic directors or coaches if their actions merit termination.

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