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Battle over Penn State’s fine money will continue

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Even when the NCAA is trying to do a good thing, they find a way to make it much more complicated than it needs to be.

A Pennsylvania state court has determined that the state may continue to move forward with a legal battle over the handling of the $60 million fine money issued to Penn State by the NCAA. Not surprisingly, the NCAA was not pleased with the court decision.

Penn State was slammed by the NCAA with hefty sanctions in 2012 as a result of the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Those sanctions included a four-year postseason ban, a significant reduction in available scholarships, the vacating of over 100 wins and a $60 million fine. The fine money was instructed to go to a fund to help child-abuse awareness programs, but the NCAA had intended for that fine money to be used nationally. The state has challenged that aspect of the sanction terms in hopes of keeping the $60 million for in-state child-abuse awareness programs.

The state and NCAA have been at odds over the splitting up of the money for a while, with the NCAA asking for the case to be dismissed. The NCAA has said the case is a violation of the consent decree signed by the university during the sanction process, but the court says a state trust fund set up to hold Penn State’s fine money does not conflict with the NCAA’s settlement with the school. To the NCAA’s dismay, the Pennsylvania court denied the motion and will allow the state to continue the legal battle.

What happened on Penn State’s watch was alarming, and national attention should have been given to it in hopes of not seeing a similar sequence of events unfolding anywhere else. If what happened at Penn State prevents one more child from being harmed, then the media coverage and NCAA’s sanctions have done their job. That said, the biggest child-abuse scandal we have seen took place within the borders of Pennsylvania (and yes, San Antonio), so why not invest the entire $60 million sum, or at least a significant majority of it, within the state at Penn State’s expense?

The NCAA will continue to fight this issue, but their battle will pointless. The important thing here is investing $60 million to go toward the prevention of child and sexual abuse. In the end, why should the NCAA be the ones to determine where that money is spent?

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9 Responses to “Battle over Penn State’s fine money will continue”
  1. thegonz13 says: Sep 4, 2013 6:51 PM

    Why, oh, why can’t the NCAA mind its own damn business?

  2. erikeaglesfan1 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    As a state funded school and therefore taxpayer money one way or another going into the penalty all of the money should stay in PA

  3. mauldawg says: Sep 4, 2013 7:05 PM

    Poor little PSU. Like the old saying goes “if you cant do the time don’t do the crime” PSU covered everything up for years. Wins for old Pa Joe were to important.

  4. erikeaglesfan1 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:17 PM

    They aren’t fighting paying the money bus since the state of PA spends millions a year to support Penn State they should be able to keep the money in state

  5. frug says: Sep 4, 2013 9:52 PM

    As a state funded school and therefore taxpayer money one way or another going into the penalty all of the money should stay in PA

    You are half right. While Penn St. does receive some state funding, technically speaking it is not a state school (the exact term is “publicly related”).

    Unlike what we traditionally think of as “public schools” (like Michigan, Illinois, Texas, etc.) where the university is state owned an operated, all buildings are publicly owned and all employees are state workers, Penn St (as well as Pitt and Temple) is basically a private school that has agreed to make certain concessions to the Commonwealth (like in-state tuition rates and remaining coed and secular) in exchange for a limited amount of state funding.

    So while it is true that PSU does receive taxpayer support the money being used to pay the fine does not belong to the taxpayers.

    (Also, PSU runs a self sufficient athletic department meaning the even if it was state owned, the money being payed out would not have come from the taxpayers anyways.)

  6. seanb20124 says: Sep 4, 2013 9:57 PM

    NCAA wants to control the money, as they get a cut of the money themselves. They will call it overhead.

  7. tommy57 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:17 PM

    60 million used to support PA programs will have a meaningful impact. 60 million used nationally will have little meaningful impact. How can NCAA not see this, or, as suggested, do they have a broader and self-serving agenda?

  8. erikeaglesfan1 says: Sep 5, 2013 9:21 AM

    It is true they are not a true state school like Kutztown, but they are still supported by the state and employees get state pensions and thing like that. Taking 60mil away from the school, even the athletic department, means that money needs to be made up somewhere either the state or tuition. Since the students are m0stely in state, that money comes from the taxpayers of PA. I don’t care if the fine was 100mil, but every penny should stay in the state of PA.

  9. corvusrex96 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:54 PM

    Leave it to the NCAA to screw this up. Yes they should be fined but keep the money in the state , PA drops the suit thus minimal amount of lawyers involved

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