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Reps. Thompson and Dent: NCAA 'Stonewalling' Efforts to Reinstate Lost Scholarships

by on February 20, 2013 6:29 PM

NCAA President Mark Emmert responded to a letter from U.S. Representatives Glenn 'GT' Thompson and Charlie Dent in which they requested the NCAA reinstate the 40 football scholarships Penn State lost when it signed a consent agreement with the NCAA, accepting its sanctions.

In his letter, Emmert stood by the sanctions to which Penn State agreed and said scholarship reduction is a "significant, yet not uncommon sanction imposed by the NCAA." Emmert concluded his letter by saying the NCAA is not at liberty to further discuss the matter. 

Thompson (PA-5) and Dent (PA-15) wrote back to Emmert and said the NCAA "acted outside its normal procedures to reduce the number of scholarships that Penn State can offer," according to a press release. They also refuted Emmert's assertion that no innocent student athletes are being hurt by the scholarship reduction.

Their letter, posted below, reminds Emmert that the 40 scholarships being denied to Penn State are not being added back into a national scholarship pool, and instead represent a missed opportunity for a quality education for deserving scholar athletes, the press release said.

"The NCCA has failed to adequately justify this decision, which is inexcusable and unfortunate," Thompson said.

"President Emmert continues to disappoint with his unacceptable responses to our good faith requests," Dent said.

Both letters can be read below:

2-7-13 NCAA Response - Scholarship Resoration

2-19-2013 Letter to NCAA Re Feb 7th Reply by

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