I seem to be among the many who are confused re the degree to which the NCAA can/will do here, especially in terms of Paterno. This case goes so far beyond the usual NCAA issues and guidelines that maybe one of our MGolawyers will be kind enough to explicate the NCAA angle.
Let's assume the prosecutor's allegations generally hold up. (A big assumption, I realize.) At the very least, it seems, Paterno satisfied the minimum requirement: He informed the AD. But is that all the NCAA requires of him? Especially since he was the Tressel of PSU: Paterno, although technically outranked by the AD, was the de facto boss.
I appreciate that the NCAA issues are a distant second to the legal, moral, and ethical issues here. But this situation is so singular in its grotesquerie -- and so open to wild speculation -- that a little clarification would be productive.