A set of internal NCAA emails released earlier this week indicated the NCAA was unsure of its authority in levying unprecedented sanctions against Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Pennsylvania state senator Jake Corman had asked the judge to review other documents being withheld by the NCAA. The court determined reviewing other documents, including the 477 emails, is “necessary and appropriate,” the report said.
The remaining documents include 477 emails that Corman said he believed are necessary for the judge to privately review “to clarify various ambiguities,” according to the court document released on Oct. 31.
The NCAA will have to supply the court with the 477 documents and a list of each individual involved in the emails to Judge Anne E. Covey. The documents will be sealed and only opened by the court, according to court documents.
The judge said in the order that the emails will be reviewed privately, according to The Patriot News.
Corman is trying to obtain the emails in advance of the scheduled January trial over the legality of the sanctions. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this week rejected the NCAA's attempt to avoid the trial.
Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison after being found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse.
In September, the NCAA announced it is lifting the sanctions. The governing body restored the Nittany Lions' postseason eligibility immediately and said they could return to the standard 85 scholarships in 2015.