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Tim Hyland

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett: NCAA Overstepped Its Authority in Penn State Case

By January 2, 2013

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You thought a new year meant no more Jerry Sandusky talk? Well, you were wrong.

In a surprising move that brought the Sandusky scandal right back to the college football center stage, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday announced that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania would file suit against the NCAA in hopes of overturning the crushing sanctions it levied against Penn State last summer. Those sanctions, resulting from the alleged cover-up of Sandusky's crimes by Penn State administrators, included a four-year bowl ban, severe scholarship reductions and a $60 million fine.

Speaking during a tense news conference at Penn State (the university, it should be noted, is not participating in the lawsuit) Corbett accused the NCAA of overstepping its bounds with its punishment of the Penn State football program. He even went on to say that he believed the NCAA acted in self-interest, using the Sandusky cause to "gain leverage in the court of public opinion."

"These sanctions are an attack on past, present and future students of Penn State, the citizens of our commonwealth and our economy," Corbett said at the news conference. "As governor of this state, I cannot and will not stand by and let it happen without a fight."

Later that day, Penn State distanced itself from the suit, saying it intended to abide by the NCAA sanctions and continue its its efforts to move forward as a university. The NCAA, meanwhile, harshly criticized Corbett, saying the suit was "an affront" to Sandusky's victims.

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January 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm
(1) robert says:

I think the Government is right on for the best of PENN STATE

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