Court questions NCAA penalties in Jerry Sandusky case

Thursday April 10th, 2014

The Penn State football program still has cannot go to a bowl for more seasons. (AP Photo/Gene J Puskar) Penn State's football program still has can't participate in a bowl game for 2 more seasons. (AP Photo/Gene J Puskar)

A Pennsylvania court upheld the constitutionality of a state Endowment Act that requires all of the NCAA-imposed $60 million fine given to Penn State University over the Jerry Sandusky scandal to be used in Pennsylvania, reports Matt Miller of

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court also said it questions the consent decree that forces Penn State to pay the fine and they might not have the legal right to make them do it.

According to the ruling, the court said it needed to hear more arguments on the case before "making a legal determination which has such far-reaching implications."

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 “The Consent Decree expressly recognizes the NCAA's questionable involvement in and its dubious authority pertaining to a criminal action against a non-university official [Sandusky] which involved children who were non-university student-athletes.”

In his dissenting opinion, Judge Dan Pellegrini said he was “bewildered” Penn State would enter into agreement with the NCAA on issues that “ordinarily would not be actionable by the NCAA.”

Penn State was slammed by the NCAA because of the Sandusky case. Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse and is serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence. The school was hit with a four-year bowl ban and stripped of scholarships, some of which have been restored.

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