Sen. Corman, NCAA Come to Agreement Over Injunction
The NCAA will not release any of the $12 million fine Penn State already paid as part of its sanctions while Sen. Jake Corman's lawsuit plays out, the state legislator announced on Thursday.
Per a press release from Corman's office, the NCAA has agreed to not "disperse or otherwise dissipate" any of the funds Penn State has already paid toward its $60 million fine, as imposed by the NCAA in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
Corman filed a preliminary injunction with the intent to keep the NCAA from dispersing the money. He later filed a lawsuit in January asking the court to order the NCAA to keep the the entire $60 million within Pennsylvania, to be distributed to causes that support the awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse.
"I believe the money, which is coming from Pennsylvania residents, should stay in Pennsylvania and benefit our organizations and children. Every dollar will continue to go to worthy and valuable child abuse prevention and educational organizations, except this way, the connection between Pennsylvania resident funds and Pennsylvania benefits will be clear.
"The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection recently issued a comprehensive report which points to many worthwhile organizational avenues in our Commonwealth that could benefit greatly from the distribution of the fine. I believe keeping the money in Pennsylvania is not only appropriate, but will also significantly help the state achieve the goals and preparedness the Task Force spells out," Corman said via press release.
Scott Sikorski, a spokesman in Corman's office, said the senator introduced the legislation in the Pa. Senate on Wednesday. to keep the $60 million within Pa.
In July, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced 'unprecedented' sanctions against Penn State. Penn State was fined $60 million, the football team was banned from postseason play for four years, the team lost scholarships and all wins under former coach Joe Paterno between 1998-2011 were vacated.