Corbett Suing NCAA Over Penn State Sanctions

By Jillian Marshall

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM EDT

State College, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The NCAA is making headlines again regarding Penn State University, but this time the Pennsylvania governor is pointing fingers at them.

Republican Tom Corbett is attempting to get the NCAA sanctions against Penn State University dropped, saying that the sanctions punish the wrong people.

Governor Corbett is filing a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA to try to eliminate some of the "harsh penalties" against Penn State, because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Corbett is asking a federal judge to throw out the penalties given to Penn State, including a $60,000,000 fine for child abuse prevention grants and a four-year restriction on Penn State participating in bowl football games.

The NCAA issued sanctions against Penn State for not reporting to police information they received that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children.

At a press conference Wednesday morning in State College, Pa., in front of former and current students and student athletes of PSU, Corbett said, "These sanctions did not punish Sandusky, nor did they punish the others who have been criminally charged. Rather, they punished the past, the present and the future students, current and former student athletes, local businesses and the citizens of Pennsylvania. I've heard from many across Pennsylvania who share my concern regarding the unfairness of the sanctions and the manner in which they were imposed."

Corbett also said, "The NCAA shouldn't have sanctioned Penn State. I believe and our suit contends that the NCAA has no authority and operated outside of their own bylaws with these sanctions that they brought. This was a criminal matter, not a violation of NCAA rules."

Penn State University said that they had no role in the lawsuit.

Jerry Sandusky is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years.

The NCAA Executive Vice President Donald Remy issued a statement expressing disappointment by Corbett's action and believes it is "an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy."