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Pennsylvania court will review legality of Penn State-NCAA agreement

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A Pennsylvania court has decided it needs more information regarding the agreement made between the NCAA and Penn State in 2012. The court is reviewing the legality of the agreement regarding the sanctions agreed to by the university and the NCAA in the wake of the release of the Freeh Report, which reviewed the response to the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.

The lawsuit raising the challenge to the NCAA is sponsored by Republican State Senator Jake Corman, who initially focused solely on keeping all fine money paid by Penn State in the state rather than seeing it spread to other states. The NCAA fined Penn State $60 million as part of the sanction terms, with the money being used to raise awareness of child abuse. The NCAA believes that money is entitled to be spread to anywhere it chooses, but Senator Corman is looking to enforce a 2013 state law that would keep that money within Pennsylvania to raise awareness. The court has declared Penn State should be made a party of the lawsuit because the punishment agreed to had an impact on Penn State employees and personnel. A further examination of the agreement terms is now required before the court will make any decisions one way or the other.

”This court will not make a legal determination which has such far reaching implications without conducting a hearing on the disputed factual issues,” Judge Anne E. Covey said, according to the Associated Press.

”We’ve always had concerns about it, the way the NCAA acted, and so now the court is seeing this as well,” Corman said.

The agreement signed by Penn State president Rodney Erickson resulted in the $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban on the football program, a significant reduction in scholarships for the football program and the vacating of 112 wins in the football program’s history. The NCAA has already turned over a number of scholarships and will allow Penn State to return to a full scholarship limit much sooner than initially agreed to. Penn State has already served two seasons of a postseason ban and has two years remaining, unless the NCAA reduces that sentence as well at some point.

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7 Responses to “Pennsylvania court will review legality of Penn State-NCAA agreement”
  1. tvv24l says: Apr 9, 2014 3:06 PM

    Could the Corman lawsuit have any bearing on the Paterno lawsuit or vice versa? If Corman files a amended, wider lawsuit seeking to overturn the sanctions, could such an amended lawsuit have any bearing on the Paterno lawsuit or vice versa? Could both lawsuits be combined? Could there be a lawsuit with the Paterno estate & Corman as plaintiffs, & the NCAA, Penn State, Big Tem, & Freeh as defendants?

  2. Scott Hevel says: Apr 9, 2014 5:07 PM

    This standing brings me great joy. So close to uncovering the self-hit job by the Board of Trustees on the University. It will be glorious when the mainstream learns that Freeh was hired to make up a report to shame the University (to cover the Board’s butts) and even better when the mainstream finds out that the Board suggested all of the penalties and asked the NCAA to enact them to kill the football team. Maybe the national media will understand that so many people threw Paterno under the bus because he was the only one who could stand in their way.

    It’s time Frazier, Erickson, and Corbett pay the piper and maybe, just maybe, the national media will realize this cover up was 100X worse than the the original Paterno outrage and, as the initial grand jury judge stated, he was the only person who testified who actually told the truth and was open about the entire process. Time to clean out the cockroaches so the actual people that cared about the University can be heard again.

  3. dirtyharry1971 says: Apr 9, 2014 6:42 PM

    Ped state should have been shut down, Corman needs to STFU and be voted out of office asap, same with the Gov who helped cover this up. PA should feel nothing but shame over this and shame over their politicans!!

  4. kosarkid says: Apr 9, 2014 6:47 PM

    @ Scott Hevel

    If you knew so much about what happened, then why didn’t you stop the pedophile and join Joe Pa in his efforts to stop him? Your false idol didn’t do anything to bring Sandusky to justice. I’m just glad he lived long enough to see his empire fall.

  5. mattacc31 says: Apr 9, 2014 8:17 PM

    I live in PA and while not a Penn State fan I’m not biased against them. I find this absolutely ridiculous that my state is spending it’s money on this. Penn State and their upper leadership in the football program, athletic department, university as a whole, and police department committed MAJOR crimes over a long period of time. Throw in the fact who the victims of the crimes were and it’s mind boggling.

    I believe the school does deserve a shot to compete at an equal level again, but not until they finish serving the punishment levied against them. Fighting this just shows that they see football as the thing more important than the victims and the fact it is the state fighting it instead of the school angers me as a taxpayer.

    I mean come on, step up and be a man and take your punishment instead of whining and crying.

  6. fearthefangs says: Apr 10, 2014 9:37 AM

    The people going on about ‘taking your punishment’ are funny…

    Until a single PSU official is convicted of anything, sanctions or judgement of any kind is premature. We have a process in this country. We follow it. The judges know that, of course message board trolls aren’t so smart.

    I’m really glad these judges see this for what it is.

  7. sprintfan1 says: Apr 10, 2014 6:13 PM

    Stop the douchebaggery here and educate yourselves. This was a hose job from the original presentment onward.

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