Emmert, however, put what Penn State did into a different category.
"This is completely different than an impermissible-benefits scandal like happened at SMU, or anything else we've dealt with," he said. "This was more than a football scandal, much more than a football scandal. It was that but much more. And we'll have to figure out exactly what the right penalties are. I don't know that past precedent makes particularly good sense in this case, because it's really an unprecedented problem .... And I don't want to take anything off the table."