In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Penn State University President Rodney Erickson speaks during a town hall meeting with alumni in King of Prussia, Pa. The Penn State board of trustees gathered Wednesday afternoon, July 25, 2012 to discuss whether President Rodney Erickson had the authority to agree to unprecedented NCAA sanctions against the football program without first getting the board's approval, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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published Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Penn State's trustees may not like the NCAA's unprecedented sanctions against the university's football program, but they say the alternative — the so-called "death penalty" — would have been worse.