Nightly News | November 20, 2011
>>> now to a child sex abuse investigation at penn state . a day after the nittany lions won their first football game in 46 years without joe paterno , tonight new questions for those in charge and new concerns being raised by students. nbc's jay gray reports from state college .
>> reporter: there are more serious questions tonight about the child sex abuse scandal at penn state . many focused on the university's board of trustees . most of the members of that group including new interim athletic director david joyner say they knew little.
>> the first i learned of this, any of this, is march of this year that the harrisburg patriot news did a story on -- that there was a leak i guess in the grand jury investigation.
>> reporter: the allegations were apparently rarely, if ever discussed in board meetings, even though several high ranking university officials including fired president graham spanier and coach joe paterno had testified before the grand jury .
>> it would be a great surprise to me if the board didn't know anything about this.
>> reporter: former penn state professor ron smith wrote the book "pay for play" examining the dark side of college athletics .
>> penn state , as you probably know, is a very insular institution. it is this little island in -- of happy valley .
>> reporter: the culture at penn state raised questions for the ncaa as their investigation intensifies, focusing on penn state 's institutional control over its athletic programs, and many on campus are now worried about the national fallout.
>> unfortunately with the scandal and the riot and all the other things that are going on, it sort of gives penn state a bad stigma in a sense.
>> reporter: it is a big enough concern for students. the university posted this letter on its website.
>> the integrity of our academic programs has not changed.
>> reporter: integrity that is now at the center of three ongoing investigations on a campus and in a community that seems so much change lately. jay gray, nbc news, state college , pennsylvania.