Pa. Gov to Sue NCAA Over Sandusky Sanctions
Lawmakers don't want Penn State fine spent in other states
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2013 4:25 AM CST
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett makes remarks during a news conference after a Penn State Board of Trustees meeting.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The Republican governor plans to hold a news conference today to announce the filing. The suit is an antitrust action, according to a Penn State source. The NCAA sanctions, which were agreed to by the university in July, included a $60 million fine that would be used nationally to finance child abuse prevention grants.

State and congressional lawmakers from Pennsylvania have objected to using Penn State's $60 million fine to finance programs in other states. The NCAA has said that at least a quarter would be spent in the Keystone State, but one lawmaker called that an "unacceptable and unsatisfactory" response. Penn State has already made the first $12 million payment, and an NCAA task force is deciding how it should be spent. A state legislator is seeking court action to bar any of that money from being released to groups outside the state.

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Jan 2, 2013 11:42 AM CST
What difference does it make? I am sure PA could use the entire 60 million in state. Let them keep it. As long as it DOES go towards some types of legitimate child abuse programs.
Jan 2, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Gee... Corbett was the one who ignored the original accusations against Sandusky. Would he be suing if he had investigated when first presented with evidence? This guy's a dick.
Jan 2, 2013 10:29 AM CST
So the article says the state has a beef about how the money is used. I just watched the Governor give his stance and he said nothing about how the money is used. His only point, that I heard was the sanctions in it's entirety were unlawful. Someone educate me on this if I am wrong, but the NCAA is private and non-profit and the school has an agreement with the NCAA. So how is this unlawful? He is probably just posturing.