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. ag

    The way you people are frothing at the mouth about Penn State football, I assume you also think that Virginia Tech should have shut down its English department?

    January 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barry

    So, Corbett wants to have a judge throw out all the sanctions levied against Penn state! He, (Corbett), says, 'were unfair to the university, its students, and Pennsylvania citizens because the Sandusky criminal matter already is being handled in courts. This PUTZ does NOT care about the students, and citizens of Pennsylvania!, ALL he cares about is the 'fincial success' of the football program! It shows HOW disgusting some people are! This 'jerk' cares MORE about the financial aspects of the 'ban', than he does about the disgusting behavior of the people involved, and the 'cover up that' resulted! Go ahead!, let Penn state cry 'poverty' for a couple of years, maybe they will learn what it means to follow the'rule of law'! It's gone BEYOND individual screw ups!, It's a 'systemic culture' problem that HAS to be solved!
    Based on what Corbett is trying to 'sell', I'd say HE is a part of the 'systemic culture' that got them into trouble in the first place! People like him, (Corbett), are guided by 'the almighty buck', the idea of being morally responsible is foreign to him!

    January 4, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Lionel

      Agree – the University turned a blind eye on this problem and got punished. They did not do their job and is just interested in the money, money, money...

      January 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

    I agree with the students who came before and after me. We did nothing wrong. All of you jealous haters want all of us to pay for something that we had nohting to do with. Get over yourselves. You are way past boring the hell out of me...

    January 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • terry

      did nothing wrong.... except riot in favor of the coach..., willingly participated in a system which put football above academics, ...

      January 5, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      How exactly are you being punished? You're in college, worry about your education. That entire program and athletic department enabled a child predator. Period. I still can't believe that people are more worried about a stupid game than seeking justice and accountability for such atrocious acts against children.

      January 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoiceOfReason

      Lol how did they punish you? Did the ncaa withdraw your degree?

      January 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I find it funny that you say that a university put football over academcis yet penn state academically was #1 academically among all of NCAA for graduation rate but your right that 80% graduation rate of the program over a national average of 67% while paterno was coaching really reflects on how academics were held to such a low standard.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Jealous haters? Your school enabled and protected a child molester. End of story.

      January 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gill

    The governor is correct. There were 2 crimes; one by Sandusky for abusing kids (may he die in prison) and two, innocent people being demonized and humiliated for nothing they had to do with. The governor is bringing to light the
    people and reasons why PSU football was stripped of so many wins, banned from bowls, and fined. It was a golden oppurtunity for competive schools to destroy Penn State which would benefit their bottom line. For every tragedy
    there are people who will exploit it and make a lot of money. It's just business.

    January 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PSU '09

    Past PSU football players shouldn't have their wins taken away, and that $60m fine is only going to hurt the students. The people who were directly involved should be punished not the entire state.

    January 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kudos

    I applaud the govenor regarding this manner. Who in the hell does the NCAA think it is? An organization that makes billions of dollars off the backs of athletic students and gives little or nothing back. It's time to treat the NCAA like a Sandusky and strip them of all their so called power.

    January 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    The school has a security force that did not protect innocent people... NCAA should not have to BOW to Penn State or maybe the families of these victims should be compensated by the Entire STATE of Pennsylvania ... COVER UP and SHUT UP !!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. VoiceOfReason

    I think everyone can agree that the guy in this picture looks exactly like George Peppard from the A-team.

    January 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dion

    Part of the student tuition should be is to pay the damage their rioting caused the property and vehicles when JoePA was implicated in the scandal in the early stages of development. Ninny indeed!

    January 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Josh

    Legally speaking the NCAA over stepped their authority, they took a criminal matter and turned into something they could pass their penalties onto illegaly. Jerry Sandusky has gone to trial and has been sentenced and the judical system has done it's job but what are these imposed sanctions trying to accomplish. Taking away scholarships, a 4 year bowl ban, a $60 million dollar fine, and taking wins away doesn't solve anything. So you impose sanctions for 4 years what do you accomplish, hell after one year almost no one talks about the real issue at hand and Bill O'brien has been prasied for what he has done and many people once again hold the Penn State football program in high regards. The fact of the matter is that we live in a society of here and now what is the important or most compelling story will be talked about and given the spotlight and once time passes and something new happens it falls in between the cracks and is rarely seen or talked about until media wants to bring it to our attention again.

    January 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    and to add on this wasn't an academic issue nor a football issue it was a criminal act done by one person not penn state university or the kids who play football for that university. Was there a breakdown in the way it was handled yes, but to bash students and punish people who had no involvement in the matter is not justified. Go ahead and take your shots at me but not one penn state student or football player had one thing to do with what happened and to put blame where blame is not deserved is just ridiculous. And one more piece of information that I found interesting is that Victim #4 of this issue publicly made a comment condeming the NCAA for the sanctions handed down stating that the current students and football players shouldn't be held accountable and punished for the crimes of one man.

    January 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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