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Report: State of Pa. to Sue NCAA, Sources Say

by on January 01, 2013 1:21 PM

The state of Pennsylvania could file a lawsuit by Wednesday against the NCAA over the sanctions handed down to Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, according to a report by Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. 

According to the report, Governor Tom Corbett's spokesman would not divulge any details and the intent of the suit in unclear as to whether it will seek to "overturn or reduce the NCAA's historic penalties against Penn State." 

"I can't confirm anything," Kevin Harley, Corbett's spokesman said to Thamel. "You must appreciate the fact that we have rules and laws."

Penn State has no involvement in the lawsuit, according to the report. 

"The university is not aware of any lawsuit," Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said. 

On July 23, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced sanctions against the Penn State football program that included a four-year postseason ban, a loss of scholarships, a $60 million fine that will go toward victim relief programs and all wins by the football team under former coach Joe Paterno between 1998-2011 were wiped from the record books. 


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