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Corbett: PSU not to use state money to pay fine

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said he is grateful the NCAA did not impose the 'death penalty' on the Penn State University football program. He also said no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay the $60 million fine imposed on the university.

"I am grateful that the NCAA did not impose the 'death penalty,' which would have also had a severe detrimental impact on the citizens of State College, Centre County and the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," Corbett said in a statement.

Monday morning the NCAA announced a host of sanctions against the PSU football program in light of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Among other things, the NCAA banned PSU from postseason play for four years, erased all wins from 1998 to 2011 and imposed a fine of $60 million to be donated to organizations that support victims of child sexual abuse. For more details on the sanctions, click here.

Corbett was attorney general when the Jerry Sandusky investigation began. As governor, he now sits on the PSU board of trustees.

The full text of Corbett's statement is below.

The appalling actions of a few people have brought us once again into the national spotlight. We have taken a monster off the streets and while we will never be able to repair the injury done to these children, we must repair the damage to this university.

Part of that corrective process is to accept the serious penalties imposed today by the NCAA on Penn State University and its football program.

However, as governor, I am grateful that the NCAA did not impose the 'death penalty,' which would have also had a severe detrimental impact on the citizens of State College, Centre County and the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

I also want assurance from Penn State that no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay the $60 million fine imposed on the university today.

Penn State is more than football -- it is a world-class university, providing an outstanding education to our young people in a variety of areas from scientific research and engineering, to the arts and humanities.

I am confident that the university will move forward from this experience, complete the healing process and once again be worthy of its great reputation.

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