Tuesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced plans to sue the NCAA over the sanctions made against Penn State University after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Corbett scheduled a press conference on the Penn State campus for Wednesday afternoon to publicly announce the news. As of Tuesday afternoon, the lawsuit had not been filed in Harrisburg.
Wednesday morning, the Associated Press reported that it is an anti-trust lawsuit.
In July 2012, the NCAA fined Penn State University with a $60 million fine, and a four-year bowl game ban for football team. The sanctions also included reduced football scholarships for Penn State and that they would forfeiture 112 past wins.
At the time, Penn State fans worried that the entire football program would be suspended.
Tuesday afternoon, Sports Illustrated cited several anonymous sources who stated that the Governor planned a lawsuit against the NCAA.
Several state lawmakers in Pennsylvania objected to the fact that some of the money from the Penn State fines are being used in other states. So far, Penn State has paid an estimated $12 million toward the $60 million fine. The NCAA said that at least one quarter of the fine money would be spent in the state of Pennsylvania, but lawmakers want all of that money to be used in the state.
Former Penn State University football coach, Joe Paterno was also caught up in the Sandusky scandal and was fired in 2011; Paterno died in early 2012. See the articles below for more information.
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Sources: Associated Press, SI and CBS News
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