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State College Community Reacts to NCAA Settlement

by on January 17, 2015 9:40 AM

"Just like the sun comes out, I hope the truth comes out," said Terry Lindenhuth, a Penn State Class of 1963 graduate.

His navy blues crinkled in the wind as he passionately criticized the actions of the National Collegiate Athletics Association against the university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case three years ago.

"The NCAA stepped on us and we folded like a chair," he added.

Lindenhuth, of Rochester, NY, is one among many who support the restoration of the Nittany Lions' 112 football wins that were vacated after the consent decree was agreed to by former university president Rodney Erickson and the NCAA in 2012.

The 112 wins include 111 under former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and one win by former interim football coach Tom Bradley.

News that the wins were back sparked a big response across the state and on social media sites Friday, as word spread that Pennsylvania State Sen. Jake Corman had settled his lawsuit against the NCAA.

As part of the settlement, "Penn State acknowledges the NCAA's legitimate and good faith interest and concern regarding the Jerry Sandusky matter" and that "Penn State and the NCAA will enter into a new Athletics Integrity Agreement ...", an unsettling issue for some.

Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, a self-described group of alumni focused on improving the Penn State community, has been very vocal on the subject from the beginning.

"We thank Senator Corman and Treasurer McCord for their efforts on Penn State's behalf. Unfortunately we cannot support an agreement that does not require the NCAA to acknowledge its wrongdoing," the group wrote in a news release following the announcement. "The NCAA had no authority to impose any sanctions on the university in connection with a criminal matter that has still not been adjudicated in a court of law."

The group calls for the initial consent decree to be retracted and an apology be issued to Penn State from the NCAA.

Others like Doug Reichenbaugh, of State College, are just happy to hear the actions of the NCAA are being reversed.

Reichenbaugh hopes this settlement will bring the pride and support back to Penn State, a hope for many residents who have supported the football program.

Penn State student Andrea Bland, of Maryland, praised the decision, but said the team should have never suffered from penalties to start.

"They took [wins] away from the students and players that earned them," she said, adding that the team and and university suffered from one man's actions -- Jerry Sandusky's.



Carley Mossbrook is an intern for StateCollege.com. She is also a junior at Penn State studying digital and print journalism. When Carley isn't hunched over her reporter's notebook, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up her latest recipe or relaxing alongside her Puggle Wyn.
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