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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said on Wednesday he will ask a federal court to throw out the multimillion-dollar sanctions levied by the NCAA against Penn State University over the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, saying the punishment threatens to cause devastating damage to the state's residents and economy.

The sanctions, which included an unprecedented $60 million fine, are "overreaching and unlawful," the governor said at a news conference in State College where the university is located.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the governing body of U.S. collegiate sports, fined Penn State $60 million in July and voided its football victories for the past 14 seasons in a dramatic rebuke for its failure to stop Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.

"This was a criminal matter, not a violation of NCAA rules," Corbett said. He added that he believed the NCAA acted as it did because it benefited from the sizable penalty.

"These punishments threaten to have a devastating, long-lasting and irreparable effect on the state, its citizens and its economy," the governor said. "I cannot and will not stand by and let it happen without a fight."

The NCAA said it was disappointed by Corbett's move.

"Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy - lives that were destroyed by the criminal actions of Jerry Sandusky," NCAA General Counsel Donald Remy said in a statement.

Sandusky, Penn State's former defensive coordinator, was convicted in June of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, some in the football team's showers. He is now serving a prison term of 30 to 60 years.

The scandal sparked a national discussion and awareness of child sex abuse, embarrassed the university and implicated top officials in the cover-up, including the late Joe Paterno, the legendary football head coach.

Corbett said a lawsuit, to be filed later on Wednesday, will ask a federal court to throw out all Sandusky-related sanctions against Penn State.

James Schultz, general counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who will be handling the case for the governor, said the NCAA failed to follow its own bylaws in determining the penalties against Penn State.

Schultz said Corbett has the proper legal standing to sue the NCAA because he is acting on behalf of state residents and businesses "collaterally damaged" by the NCAA sanctions.

The sanctions hurt businesses and residents, particularly in State College where fall football weekends bring heavy visitor traffic, he said.

"In the wake of this terrible scandal, Penn State was left to heal and clean up this tragedy that was created by the few," Corbett said.

The university recently made the first payment of $12 million of the sanctions toward a national fund to support the victims of child abuse. Other sanctions included a ban on its football team from appearing in bowl games for four years.

According to the governor's office, Penn State football was the second most profitable collegiate athletic program in the nation in 2010-11 when it brought in $50 million, generating more than $5 million in tax revenue.

Penn State released a statement saying it was not party to the lawsuit and reiterated its commitment to comply with the NCAA sanctions.

The governor was asked about the report into the Penn State scandal produced by former FBI director Louis Freeh that was the basis of the NCAA sanctions. The report was scathingly critical of the university and said Penn State leaders covered up Sandusky's sexual abuse of children for years.

"The Freeh report is an incomplete report," Corbett said.

The family of Joe Paterno, who was fired by the Penn State board of trustees who said he failed to do enough when he was alerted to suspicions about Sandusky, said: "The fact that Governor Corbett now realizes, as do many others, that there was an inexcusable rush to judgment is encouraging."

The family, which took strong exception to the Freeh report, had said it was convening its own experts to review the case and the actions of the board and school administration. Paterno died a year ago of lung cancer.

His family said on Wednesday it expects to release its findings "in the near future."

The Sandusky scandal was revealed by a state grand jury convened in 2009 by Corbett, then Pennsylvania's attorney general.

Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, has vowed to probe Corbett's handling of the case. She has said that by convening a grand jury, Corbett failed to protect children by delaying prosecution for more than two years.

Corbett, a Republican, has said he welcomes an investigation into how he handled the case.

A poll of Pennsylvania voters in September found they had a poor view of his handling of the scandal as attorney general.

The Franklin & Marshall College survey noted only one in six registered voters thought he did an excellent or good job, and nearly two thirds thought he did a fair or poor job.

Also, more than half of respondents believed the NCAA sanctions imposed as a result of the Sandusky case were unfair. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta and Daniel Burns, Writing by Ellen Wulfhorst, Editing by Kenneth Barry and Claudia Parsons)
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I'm glad that bastard got what he deserves.. I'm talking bout Sandusky, but what the hell does the NCAA have to do with this... where do they get off with fining the school
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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I'm glad that bastard got what he deserves.. I'm talking bout Sandusky, but what the hell does the NCAA have to do with this... where do they get off with fining the school
It was just an excuse for the NCAA to rake in more money... just like everything else that they do.

There is no reason in hell the State of PA, who runs Penn State and is no doubt in a budget crisis like the rest of the country, should be giving $60 million dollars to the NCAA.

The NCAA is such a sham organization. It's all about money to them, not academics or anything else.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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I'm glad that bastard got what he deserves.. I'm talking bout Sandusky, but what the hell does the NCAA have to do with this... where do they get off with fining the school
Schools have been fined for a lot less. This is Penn State putting football above anything else. The sanctions are justified.

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It was just an excuse for the NCAA to rake in more money... just like everything else that they do.

There is no reason in hell the State of PA, who runs Penn State and is no doubt in a budget crisis like the rest of the country, should be giving $60 million dollars to the NCAA.

The NCAA is such a sham organization. It's all about money to them, not academics or anything else.
Penn State is not about academics either. It's all about the football team.

Penn State has bigger issues to worry about, like a $200 million lawsuit from the molested kids.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:40 PM   #4
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I'm glad that bastard got what he deserves.. I'm talking bout Sandusky, but what the hell does the NCAA have to do with this... where do they get off with fining the school
Might have something to do with the fact that the school knew about the abuse and covered it up for years, allowing more children to get raped by Sandusky.

The school should be lucky they're just getting fined, if it were up to me, some of the higher ups at the school would be Sandusky's new prison bitch.
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They could care less about the money, they want Joe Pa's records back, that is all this lawsuit is.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:48 PM   #6
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Good for the governor and I say go for it.

Frankly the NCAA overstepped there power on this one.

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sums it up perfectly as far as I am concerned. The NCAA General Counsel even admits it is a criminal act.

It was a criminal act and needs to be address by the appropriate group. Vacating 14 years worth of victories by the football teams during that time does nothing but punish the kids that played during that time.

Paterno reported his suspicions and the people above him did nothing about it. Don't punish him for the failings of those above him.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 02:53 PM   #7
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The university needs to be punished for putting Football before all else. Surely that $60 mil can come out of the football coffers.

It is time for Penn State to refocus and recall the purpose of a university.
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Schools have been fined for a lot less. This is Penn State putting football above anything else. The sanctions are justified.

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The university needs to be punished for putting Football before all else. Surely that $60 mil can come out of the football coffers.

It is time for Penn State to refocus and recall the purpose of a university.
You guys do realize that EVERY Division 1 NCAA school in this country puts athletics and profits over academics, right? It's not like it's something exclusive to Penn State.

It's what the NCAA is about. Athletics and money making under the lie of being a "school". That's what makes them such a joke. They punish athletes (see OJ Mayo, Reggie Bush, etc) and schools when the athletes receive any form of benefit because they are an athlete all while laughing all the way to the bank with their hundreds of millions of dollars. Hypocrisy at it's finest.
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You guys do realize that EVERY Division 1 NCAA school in this country puts athletics and profits over academics, right? It's not like it's something exclusive to Penn State.

It's what the NCAA is about. Athletics and money making under the lie of being a "school".
I'm quite aware, and I think it is awful. Penn State let this powerful institution go too far, however.
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It was a criminal act and needs to be address by the appropriate group.
Can you cite the section of the NCAA rules that states that criminal acts are immune from the NCAA's authority under Provision 4.1.2 to fine and otherwise penalize member institutions for violations of the NCAA's rules, including in particular the rule allowing the NCAA to fine a member institution for lack of "institutional controls" to prevent criminal behavior?
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Lamentably, those who suffer will be the students and the people of PA. The school will not allow its football program to be compromised by the fine. Sad.
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What the hell does football have to do with college? And, since when is NCAA participation required of Penn State? NCAA participation by a college is purely voluntary. If Penn State wants the huge financial benefit of NCAA participation, they can pay the fine. If they don't like it, drop out of the NCAA and and join the NAIA instead.

Oh wait, it's all about the money. That explains it. And, apparently, Penn State doesn't think the injuries suffered by the victims warrant this punishment. Words cannot express the extent of my contempt for Tom Corbett's action.
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Governor Corbett should be kissing the NCAA's feet for allowing Penn State to even still be running a football program. If I were on the NCAA board that program would of got the death penalty.
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Governor Corbett should be kissing the NCAA's feet for allowing Penn State to even still be running a football program. If I were on the NCAA board that program would of got the death penalty.
My sentiment exactly. The NCAA should have shut the program down for a year and forced Penn State to start completely from scratch.

Is the NCAA being hypocritical? Sure:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...ld-notre-dame/

But, at least the Penn State case shows that there are limits. Once it is acknowledged that limits to institutional behavior have to exist, the NCAA can decide exactly what the limits really should be. In my opinion, the Penn State case is so egregious my reaction has been and continues to be that the punishment was an insufficient deterrent. But, at least it is a start.
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Schools have been fined for a lot less. This is Penn State putting football above anything else. The sanctions are justified.

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Penn State is not about academics either. It's all about the football team.

Penn State has bigger issues to worry about, like a $200 million lawsuit from the molested kids.
This!!!

Up until May I lived right near Penn State and people in this area's minds are poisoned. All they care about is their school and their football team and will try and use any excuse to justify sticking up for that **** school. (It is a **** school too I went there for two years and learned practically nothing).

The school could care less about education (and obviously the well-being of children), its all about football and money.


Basically it boils down to the fact that there is ZERO excuse for covering up child molestation. PSU deserved everything it got.
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The PA Governor is suing because a football coaching squad and its backing school is being punished for conspiracy to keep a pedophile on the staff. He makes my head hurt.

It amazes me how people don't think the NCAA should punish Penn State for this, yet are okay for Ohio State being punished because kids traded autographs and trophies for tattoos, yet Cam Newton got the Heisman after getting cash from Mississippi State.

I can smell the hypocrisy from here.
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People need to really get their shtuff straight - this is the Governor of Pennsylvania on behalf of the State of Pennsylvania suing - NOT Penn State.

Penn State is fine to be complying with the NCAA's judgment.

Football and PSU have nothing to do with this specific suit.
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No way the fine and punishment is thrown out in court. All the NCAA would have to do is kick Penn St out of the organization. The school and state would lose a LOT more than $60 million. Bet the governor would S T F U then.
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so his re-election campaign has started already?
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Lamentably, those who suffer will be the students and the people of PA. The school will not allow its football program to be compromised by the fine. Sad.
This isn't necessarily true. It is a public institution and therefore may not have the ability to use funds earmarked for academic projects.
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If it were possible to compound the reasons for outrage over the serial child rape committed at Penn State, Gov. Tom Corbett took a brazenly misguided step in that direction Wednesday. The governor filed a federal lawsuit to force the N.C.A.A. to revoke the highly deserved sanctions imposed on the school and its powerful football program for a scandal that reached the highest levels of the university.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/op...t-learned.html
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What the hell does football have to do with college? And, since when is NCAA participation required of Penn State? NCAA participation by a college is purely voluntary. If Penn State wants the huge financial benefit of NCAA participation, they can pay the fine. If they don't like it, drop out of the NCAA and and join the NAIA instead.

Oh wait, it's all about the money. That explains it. And, apparently, Penn State doesn't think the injuries suffered by the victims warrant this punishment. Words cannot express the extent of my contempt for Tom Corbett's action.
1. Football is a huge draw for any college. It turns out even really smart young people will choose a school based on other programs in concert with academics.

2. NCAA participation is hugely important for reason 1. Probably more important that you think.

3. By acknowledging 1 and 2, it is not hard to surmise that by severely punishing Penn State, the NCAA has hurt the academic institution in State College. The NCAA does not exist to do that, and in doing so have violated their own commitment to student athletes.

4. A horrible crime was committed. We all understand. The fact is, a man will spend the rest of his life in jail for it, and the people who covered it up are either dead or going to jail. The rest of the school is innocent until proven guilty.
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