The state is suing in federal court for removal of the penalties imposed in response to the Sandusky abuses.
In the wake of the public outcry over the Sandusky abuse scandal, many people blamed Penn State, a school where love of football helped engender a conspiracy of neglect and silence. When the NCAA handed down very harsh penalties on the university, some felt justice had been done, while others felt the restrictions were too harsh.
The state of Pennsylvania is evidently in the latter camp, as state officials are filing a federal suit against the NCAA on antitrust grounds. The suit alleges that the penalties, including a four-year ban on bowl games and reduced football scholarships, are unlawfully harmful to the university and the state of Pennsylvania.
[Governor Tom Corbett] said the NCAA’s actions were unlawful and overreaching, and that it essentially forced Penn State to accept the sanctions under the threat that if the school didn’t accept them, the NCAA would impose on the football program a “death penalty” – a suspension from play of a year or more.
What do you think? Is Pennsylvania standing up for fair competition, or trying to get out of appropriate penalties for the university’s actions?