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Penn State Football: Former Players, Assistant Coach Also Appealing to NCAA

by on August 07, 2012 5:24 PM

Eight former Penn State football players and one former assistant coach have filed an appeal of the NCAA sanctions, specifically citing the vacated wins from 1998-2011. 

Players involved in the suit Tuesday include Michael Robinson, Anwar Philips, Josh Gaines, Shamar Finney, Richard Gardner, Gerald Cadogan, Anthony Adams and Justin Kurpeikis. 

Former assistant coach Bill Kenney also is included as an appellant in the appeal. 

In the notice, filed by the former players and coach's attorneys, they say they were deprived of their right to due process and that many of the conclusions drawn by the Freeh report should be considered erroneous. 

" ... the only way to support and respect the victims of abuse is for there to be a thorough investigation and fair hearing which seeks the truth, not a rush to judgment designed to put this affair in the past." 

This appeal marks the third filed since Friday, joining the Paterno family and Penn State Board of Trustees member Ryan McCombie, who also has received support from other trustees. 

NCAA Vice President of Communications Bob Williams wrote on Twitter Friday that "the Penn State sanctions are not subject to appeal."

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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