NCAA vs PA lawsuit to reverse sanctions

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NCAA vs PA lawsuit to reverse sanctions

I'm not sure how many people are familiar with this. Since I grew up near to State College, PA and was surrounded by Nittany Lion fans, it's a big issue around.

Basically, what's going on now is that Gov Corbett of PA is sueing the NCAA in order to remove the actions brought against Penn State as a result of the Sandusky crimes.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday he will ask a federal court to throw out the multimillion-dollar sanctions levied by the NCAA against Pennsylvania State University regarding the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

"This was a criminal matter, not a violation of NCAA rules," Corbett said at a news conference, calling the NCAA sanctions "overreaching and unlawful."

Sandusky, Penn State's former defensive coordinator, was convicted in June of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, some in the football team's showers. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

In July, the NCAA, the governing body of U.S. collegiate sports, fined Penn State $60 million and voided its football victories for the past 14 seasons in an unprecedented rebuke for the school's failure to stop assistant coach Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.

Corbett said a lawsuit, to be filed later on Wednesday, will ask a federal court to throw out all Sandusky-related sanctions against Penn State.

Governor announces lawsuit vs NCAA over Penn State scandal - Yahoo! News

What do you think? Should they be tossed? Or should Penn State be held to the ruling?

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I'm not a fan of punishing innocent people that had no control over what happened. People who knew about this and did nothing deserve to be punished, but this punishes the football players that won those games for the actions of their coach. I don't think it's right. I could go along with the fines because that hurts the administration, but throwing out victories is a little overboard to me.

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11.1.1 standardsofHonestyandsportsmanship. Individualsemployedbyorassociatedwithamem- ber institution to administer, conduct or coach intercollegiate athletics shall act with honesty and sportsmanship at all times so that intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals, represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports. (See Bylaw 10 for more specific ethical-conduct standards.)

Didn't it have more to do with the cover-up by other personnel than the criminal acts of Sandusky?

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Didn't it have more to do with the cover-up by other personnel than the criminal acts of Sandusky?

I do believe that is correct.

It definitely is lousy for the kids, but I believe the idea behind taking the wins away is to hurt the school's victory record rather than hurt the players directly.

I have a hard time being rational with this one. It is just so awful.

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The NCAA's hypocrisy is just rich in all of this. They are predators in their own right, the profit that they make off of these kids is disgusting. I hope that Corbett is successful in his attempt. The records should be reinstated, the ability to participate in bowl games reinstated, and the fines should not stand. I hope Sandusky never, EVER gets out of jail, and I will say that I hope that an active investigation is ongoing into what his wife knew, and if it is proven that she had knowledge of his crimes, she is actively tried and does jail time. I don't believe for a second that she was innocent in all of this.