HUNTINGTON - Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick is sure he's never seen anything like the sanctions handed down to Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
What he's not sure of how those sanctions - and how the NCAA delivered them - will affect the future of college athletics. But he knows they will.
"It's going to get really interesting," Hamrick said. "There was something that happened (Monday) that was unprecedented. How we move forward and how we deal with it in future is yet to be seen."
The NCAA leveled devastating penalties against Penn State - $60 million in fines, deep scholarship reductions, a four-year postseason ban and the vacation of wins from 1998 to 2011.
The association also discarded much of its usual process in getting to the penalty phase.
The NCAA normally conducts its own investigations, which can take months, and gives universities their day before the association's Committee on Infractions.
This time? No committee, and no investigation. The NCAA used the PSU-sanctioned Freeh Report and announced its penalties just days after its release. In his remarks Monday, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Penn State needed to change the culture of its athletic program and that no school should lose sight of why it participates in athletics in the first place.
"Now the NCAA can come in and punish a university for the culture of its athletic program," Hamrick said. "Am I against that personally? No, absolutely not. Does that create some issues for you as an AD trying to manage program? Yes, it does. It's something new.
"When I watched it (Monday) morning, I thought it was the commissioner of NFL standing there," he added. "Do I think that's wrong? No. I think what happened today is something that's going to change the governance structure of the NCAA as to how they now deal with institutions."
Hamrick is taking a wait-and-see approach with the way the NCAA handed down these penalties. Emmert said Monday this doesn't "open a Pandora's box" when it comes to future cases and that the unique circumstances of the scandal called for a unique action. Others, like former acting Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas, disagree.