The Southeastern Conference is the first major conference to hold media days, and Penn State will be a topic at all of them.
Commissioner Mike Slive opened the event Tuesday with a state-of-the-conference speech, and without specifically mentioning the Penn State and Joe Paterno saga, sounded warnings.
“We must be ever vigilant,” Slive said. “Our primary mission is to educate and protect young people.
“No one person, no matter how popular or successful can be allowed to derail the soul of an institution.”
Paterno was identified in former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report on Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case as one of four administrators who covered up Sandusky’s predatory nature when the former defensive coordinator molested boys over many years.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a PBS interview on Monday that he had “never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university and hope never to see it again.”