NCAA launching investigation of Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The NCAA has told Penn State it will investigate the school in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal that has shocked the campus, and cost its former president and coach Joe Paterno their jobs.

NCAA president Mark Emmert sent a letter to Penn State president Rod Erickson saying that the governing body for college sports will examine "Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs" in the case of Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator accused of serial child sex abuse.

Penn State released the letter Friday.

Meanwhile, Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris has stepped down as chairman of a Pittsburgh-based scholarship board following comments he made in support of ousted Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

Franco agreed to remove himself as chairman but remain on the board of the Pittsburgh Promise following a lengthy emergency meeting Thursday night.

Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who co-founded the organization in 2007, sent Harris a sternly worded letter Wednesday asking Harris be removed for what the mayor deemed as insensitive comments.

Harris played for Paterno at Penn State before helping the Pittsburgh Steelers win four Super Bowls. He said last week the school's trustees showed "no courage" by firing Paterno in the wake of the sex abuse scandal surrounding former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

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