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Report: Paterno family files appeal against NCAA

The family of Joe Paterno filed an appeal to the NCAA regarding sanctions handed to the Penn State football program. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The family members of Joe Paterno sent a letter of appeal to the NCAA on Friday, requesting that a 30-day period be granted so they can formally write a response to support their appeal, reports Onward State.

The appeal is for sanctions that were handed down against the Penn State football program, which included a four-year postseason ban, a $60 million fine, a significant loss of scholarships and 111 victories taken away from Joe Paterno. The NCAA says the Penn State sanctions are not subject to appeal.

Part of the letter states:

"As will become evident in a thorough and impartial review, the NCAA acted hastily and without any regard for due process. Furthermore, the NCAA and Penn State’s Board Chair and President entirely ignored the fact that the Freeh Report, on which these extraordinary penalties are based, is deeply flawed because it is incomplete, rife with unsupported opinions and unquestionably one-sided."
The letter also states that condemning a great educator, philanthropist and coach like Paterno is a violation of NCAA guidelines.

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