Pennsylvania suing to stop NCAA's Penn State sanctions
January 2nd, 2013
11:32 AM ET

Pennsylvania suing to stop NCAA's Penn State sanctions

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] The state of Pennsylvania will file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, seeking to have a judge throw out all sanctions the association levied against Penn State University in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday.

Corbett (pictured) said the penalties - a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games, football scholarship reductions, and the stripping of 14 seasons of football victories under late head coach Joe Paterno - were unfair to the university, its students, and Pennsylvania citizens because the Sandusky criminal matter already is being handled in courts.

The NCAA "piled on ... (punishing) the citizens of Pennsylvania, who had nothing to do with these crimes," Corbett said.

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

He said the NCAA's actions were unlawful and overreaching, and that it essentially forced Penn State to accept the sanctions under the threat that if the school didn't accept them, the NCAA would impose on the football program a "death penalty" - a suspension from play of a year or more.

The NCAA levied the penalties last July.

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. comeonpeople

    These transgressions had nothing to do with the Penn State Football Program! They were not malfeasance on the part of the football program, but happened to be involve conduct of a very few employees of the program AND not for the benefit of the program. Consequently, the NCAA should have had no role in administering punishment. The current Penn State administration was too placid in accepting NCAA sanctions. Matters should have been left solely to the Justice system, with criminal/civil punishment being administered to the individual culprits and perhaps some heavy civil penalties to the University, but not to the football program. Punishing the wrong people!!

    January 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vaseline

    not Pedophile state. it's PENN-is state. much catchier.

    if this were academic cheating, then we would be more apt to apply concern to the entire university, but as PSUstudent points out, it was INSTEAD bf-ing young boys in the athletic department covered up by the football team/athletic department and PENN State University to protect its image and its all important football program at the expense of integrity, morals, little boys, and pretty much all the ideals that higher education and society are based on, so we shouldn't judge the whole university that way
    cmon everyone, nobody thinks the Catholic church has any problems, just a few maladjusted individuals
    and terrorism isnt done by a group of people who are to blame, but by those same few radical individuals
    I think PSUstudent should be proud to wear their sweatshirt,
    I also think there should be a statue of Sandusky screwing a young boy prominently placed at Penn State, but that's win-win

    January 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jen

    So why did Penn wait until now to file the lawsuit? It is because the season is over. They were worried the NCAA would cancel their year mid season... Penn is as crooked as ever but not nearly as bad as the catholic church.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Penn St is not filing the lawsuit, the Governor on behalf of the state is filing it,

      IMHO, NCAA should ban Penn St for 20 years from NCAA play

      January 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jen

    PSUstudent... you had a choice... you could have gone elsewhere... you could keep out of the middle of this quagmire... you chose it, you embrace it, you own it.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Try paying out of state tuition!

      January 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PM

    Question: What does Pennsylvania's state abbreviation PA stand for?

    Answer: PA is short for Pedophiles Accepted

    January 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Justin

    Nope...Penn State agreed to the settlement and should have no say in how the money is spent. If the government of Pennsylvania has a problem with the agreement, they should take it up with Penn State.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ja

    truth be told what the hell was jp still coaching for at eighty something, that says that something was inheritly wrong, reminds me of many politicans, step aside, with grace, there is a time and season for all things, the world will go on

    January 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. whatev

    I don't like this Governor, but I like this lawsuit. This was a criminal issue. The parties involved have been or are being punished. It had nothing to do with the students, or the football program and they are being unduly punished because of the crimes of another... a person who is being punished for his crimes by the criminal justice system, as should be. The NCAA should have NOTHING to do with this. This had nothing to do with the football program or the rules surrounding it, and nothing to do with the students and teachers. Not to mention the local businesses.

    January 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • TimB

      I agree. it was more the administration that made bad decisions, not the football program.

      None of the 3 charged with a coverup (President, Vice president and Athletic Director), specifically worked in the football program so I don't see the point of punishing the football program.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Portland tony

    The NCAA overstepped its authority. The school, the students, even the athletes had absolutely nothing to to do with the aberrant behavior of Mr. Sandusky. This is like punishing the sons for the crimes of the father. There is no case law substantiating the NCAA's action.

    January 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Abby Normal

    Shut down the university. Close the doors. Anyone going to school there should have made a better decision.

    January 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. a fan 30 miles north of ps

    we always belived penn state was for the best and brightest.theres alot more t6o this story that wont hit the public news there should have been a KOOL-aid party for the higher-ups WHO KNEW what,when and who was involved including wives

    January 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TimB

    Sandusky victim 1 called the NCAA sanctions a "bunch of bull."

    Sandusky victim 4 said he was "dismayed" that the NCAA sanctioned his "favorite university" and wished the NCAA had asked for his opinion before acting.

    Too bad the NCAA didn't have the courtesy to ask Sandusky's victims for their opinions.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scrod

    I feel sorry for them, and I agree that a lot of innocent people are being punished along with the guilty. But they allowed a pedo ring to run their football program. A lot of people knew it and approved. A few kids each year compared to winning and getting rich?
    If you don't like it, quit. If you can't afford it, move. Your misery and pain will be a signpost for the next guy who uncovers a pedo; do the right thing or be destroyed. Come on, in ten years everything will be back to normal. Man up. You were happy to take the money Sandusky gave you, now take the santorum he's smeared on your town.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sokman

    Seems to me these "innocent victims" of PA should file a suit against Pedo St, not the NCAA.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tychi

    Trying to remove consequences from doing wrong. Seems the NCAA wants to punish Penn State but the PA government wants to keep the school safe from punishment.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
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