NCAA president Mark Emmert says the sanctions levied on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal dealt with the behavior of university leaders and whether or not the school handled the allegations appropriately.
Emmert told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday in Chicago that the "fact that there was criminal activity is not the NCAA's issue."
The landmark penalties handed down by the NCAA in July included a four-year bowl ban and strict scholarship cuts.
A former assistant football coach, Sandusky was sentenced this month to at least 30 years in prison after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts. Authorities said allegations occurred on and off school property.
The NCAA had said before the sanctions it would look into institutional control at Penn State.
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