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Court Denies NCAA’s Request To Drop Consent Decree Lawsuit

by and on October 05, 2014 8:25 AM

The validity of the NCAA’s consent decree will remain up for debate in the legal system. Penn State signed the consent decree on July 23, 2012, paving the way for the NCAA to impose sweeping sanctions against the football team in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Those sanctions included a reduction in athletic scholarships, a $60 million dollar fine, a ban on bowl games and the loss of 111 wins under former head coach Joe Paterno.

On Friday, a Commonwealth Court denied the NCAA’s request to dismiss Sen. Jake Corman’s lawsuit over whether the NCAA’s $60 million fine should remain in Pennsylvania. That request was a concession by the NCAA because of its entanglement with the consent decree; in April, Judge Anne Covey said the Consent Decree of which the fine was a part did not have merit, and if the case were dismissed, the NCAA would simply let the Endowment Act that is keeping the fine money in Pennsylvania stand and move on.





According to PennLive, the NCAA released this statement in response:

“The NCAA is more than surprised with the Commonwealth Court’s decision today. By its order today, despite the requests of the NCAA and Penn State, the Commonwealth Court has unilaterally and indefinitely delayed distribution of those funds.”

The Consent Decree could see action in a courtroom by early 2015, according to PennLive. It’s a ways off, but Penn State could see even more sanctions lifted if the court finds the consent decree invalid.

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Gilbert is the Managing Editor of Onward State.
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