So now the NCAA is officially engaged in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. More than seven months after the sickening news broke, the central figure himself is in jail. There are civil suits still to be tried. And Penn State seems willing and ready to pay, lots.
But it's only now, today, that the NCAA becomes a central figure in the proceedings. In fact, the association is suddenly up to its Oxford-shirted armpits in the mess. The NCAA didn't have to get involved. Many were more than surprised when president Mark Emmert sent a sternly worded letter to Penn State's acting president on Nov. 17, 2011.
The letter seemed incredibly self-aggrandizing. The head of the country's most powerful amateur athletic body injected...