A judge removed three Penn State University trustees, some university faculty and former football players from a civil lawsuit by Joe Paterno's estate against the school and the NCAA, the Associated Press reports.
Penn State and the NCAA had asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out, and that request was denied.
Judge John Leete did give the remaining plaintiffs – Paterno's estate, former assistant coaches Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney, and ex-trustee Al Clemens – until next month to make their claims more specific.
The school and the NCAA are being sued over the consent decree imposed over the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The NCAA originally handed down a $60 million fine to the university, a four-year bowl postseason ban and significant scholarship reductions for the football program.
This week, the NCAA reduced those penalties, saying Penn State is eligible for a bowl game this season and will again get its full compliment of 85 scholarships starting next season.
- Scooby Axson