SWAC Reacts to NCAA Sanctions Against Penn State
BIRMINGHAM - With the announcement of sanctions against Penn State University on Monday, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) acknowledges the decision by NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert, and the NCAA Executive Committee. The SWAC expresses its condolences to the victims and their families who had their lives so deeply affected by this entire situation. It is the hope that with today's actions by the NCAA, the victims can begin to heal. While closure may be far away, perhaps this small measure of justice will aid in moving those affected in a positive direction.
The SWAC and its leadership continue to uphold the highest standards among its member institutions and promote exemplary behavior by its administrators, coaches and student-athletes.
While the SWAC recognizes the fact that former Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson is now the NCAA All-Time winningest football coach overall in Division I, the focus remains with the pain suffered by the victims. Coach Robinson's 408 wins came through many years of hard work and mentoring generations of student-athletes.
The SWAC is deeply saddened by the turn of events which led to today's actions. The conference reiterates its heart-felt sympathies to the victims and families of these terrible acts.
"The NCAA, President Emmert and the Executive Committee sent a clear message today with their decision," said SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp. "It is our hope that going forward, all member institutions in the NCAA will take proper steps to ensure that nothing like this happens again in the future."