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Corbett hoping to sack NCAA sanctions against Penn State

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 02 2013 04:47:17 PM CST

Corbett v. NCAA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is hoping to sack NCAA sanctions against Penn State.

Corbett says the school and the whole state, in fact, are getting a raw deal in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Penn State was the second most profitable football program in the country last season. However, harsh penalties in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case are expected to change that.

This is one reason why a federal Anti trust lawsuit was filed today. Corbett said the NCAA had no business sticking its nose in a criminal case.

"The NCAA sanctions were over-reaching and unlawful," Corbett contended.

Flanked by area business owners, students, former players and elected officials, Corbett used the Nittany Lion Inn in State College to announce a Federal Anti Trust Lawsuit he's filing on behalf of the Commonwealth. In it he wants all NCAA sanctions against Penn State tossed.

"They used Penn State's tarnished image as an opportunity to force the university to endure harsh, unjustified, and unprecedented punishments," Corbett said.

Corbett claims the NCAA acted outside its own bylaws in handing out steep penalties to the football program last July.

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Penn State was fined $60 million, banned from football bowl games for four years,and stripped of scholarships and 14 years of wins under late head coach Joe Paterno.

Corbett contends the sanctions sack not only the team, but also the school citizens and area businesses.

"Our guests counts down 10% on average for the season," State College business owner Michael Desmond said.

The timing of the lawsuit was also heavily scrutinized by the media. It comes six months after the sanctions were handed down and two weeks before newly elected Attorney General Democrat, Kathleen Kane takes office.

The NCAA says it's disappointed in Corbett's lawsuit, calling it meritless and an affront to Sandusky's victims.