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Sen. Jake Corman Sues NCAA to Keep $60 Million Fine in Pennsylvania

by on January 07, 2013 12:44 PM

Sen. Jake Corman filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in an effort to keep funds from Penn State's $60 million fine within the state, making his the second civil suit filed against the NCAA over the university's sanctions in a week. 

Corman also plans to bring legislation before the Pa. Congress in January that addressed keeping the fine within Pennsylvania. The lawsuit is a totally separate entity, spokesman Scott Sikorski said, that was filed in Commonwealth Court after the first installment of $12 million was paid by Penn State. The funds are currently in escrow, Skiorski said, and the goal of the lawsuit and the legislation is to have the funds distributed within the state. 

As mandated by the NCAA, the $60 million fine will go toward programs that raise the awareness of and work to combat childhood sexual abuse. 

"The [NCAA] has a simple plan, with noble ends, but unlawful means," the lawsuit states. "Even though the NCAA intends to wrest such a large sum of Pennsylvania public funds, it has refused to submit to any control by Pennsylvania elected officials and refused to commit more than 25 percent of those public funds to Pennsylvania causes."

Corman states in the lawsuit that he is suing the NCAA "to ensure that Pennsylvania funds are appropriately and lawfully spent for Commonwealth purposes." 

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Corbett announced an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, filed on behalf of the state of Pennsylvania, as an attempt to have Penn State's sanctions, as handed down by the NCAA in their entirety, overturned. 

In July, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced 'unprecedented' sanctions against Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. 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. 

The NCAA has not responded to Corman's lawsuit but called Corbett's actions "an affront to the victims." 

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