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Alumni Trustees Seek 'Special Meeting' to Discuss NCAA Negotiations

by on August 08, 2014 3:35 PM

A new effort to negotiate a settlement between the NCAA and Pennsylvania officials is causing concern for at least some members of the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Nine members of the board -- all of them elected by the alumni -- are calling for a special meeting to discuss those negotiations.

A letter to board chairman Keith Masser, sent Wednesday, says, "It is critical to address this issue immediately because our board is generally uninformed about these important negotiations and is certainly divided in its views about the NCAA Consent Decree and related sanctions."

The NCAA is suing state officials, and is asking a federal judge to declare the Endowment Act is illegal. The Endowment Act requires that the $60 million fine the NCAA imposed on Penn State as a result of the Sandusky scandal be spent in the state.

The suit, filed in U.S. Middle District Court, names Gov. Thomas Corbett, Treasurer Rob McCord and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale as defendants. Lawyers for the NCAA claim the Endowment Act is unconstitutional.

In a court filing earlier this week The NCAA and attorneys representing the Commonwealth asked for a delay so they can attempt to negotiate a settlement.

The alumni board members say Penn State has not been involved in talks between the NCAA and the Commonwealth. Their letter states: "The board has not sanctioned, nor even discussed, an official negotiating posture for the university. Therefore, we ask that neither university nor board personnel conduct any further conversations with the NCAA until our direction has been discussed and determined by the full board and the entire Penn State community knows what we are doing."

The letter was sent on behalf of Edward Brown, Barbara Doran, Robert Jubelirer, Albert Lord, Anthony Lubrano, Ryan McCombie, William Oldsey, Alice Pope and Adam Taliaferro. It asks that a special meeting be held on Aug. 22 at 11 a.m.

Trustee Anthony Lubrano tells StateCollege.com that under university bylaws it takes seven board members to call a special meeting. Lubrano says they're currently working to "reach an agreement as to the details" and that "this meeting could take place as soon as next Wednesday."

The Endowment Act was introduced by State Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre). Corman is involved in a separate lawsuit at the state level. He's hoping to force the NCAA to comply with the act.

Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, was convicted for sexually abusing young boys. He's currently serving 30 to 60 years in state prison.

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