Wednesday, January 2 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-02 16:52:34 GMT
The family of late football coach Joe Paterno says it is encouraged by Pennsylvania's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions imposed last year against Penn State.In a statement issued by their publicMore >>
The family of late football coach Joe Paterno says it is encouraged by Pennsylvania's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions imposed last year against Penn State.More >>
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WHTM) -
Governor Tom Corbett has announced a lawsuit against the NCAA over the sanctions it imposed against Penn State University last year in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
Corbett on Wednesday called the unprecedented sanctions "arbitrary and illegal." He said they would result in irreparable economic damage to the university, the commonwealth and its citizens.
"While what occurred at Penn State was both criminal and heinous, the conduct for which Penn State was sanctioned consisted
of alleged failures to report criminal activity on campus that did not
impact fairness or integrity on the playing field," Corbett said.
Penn State in July agreed to the sanctions, which included a $60
million fine to finance child abuse
prevention grants, a four-year bowl game ban
for the football program, reduced football
scholarships and the forfeiture of 112 wins.
Corbett said the sanctions threaten to have a devastating, long-lasting and irreparable effect on the state, its citizens and its economy. He is asking the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg to throw out all of the sanctions and to declare the consent agreement illegal.
The governor said that after months of research and deliberation, as well as discussions with alumni, students, faculty, business owners and elected officials, he has concluded that the NCAA's sanctions were "overreaching and unlawful.''
"The only logical conclusion is that the NCAA did it because they benefited from the penalties and because the leadership of the NCAA believed they could," Corbett said. "And that's wrong."
The lawsuit also accuses the NCAA of forcing Penn State president Rodney Erickson into silent compliance with its sanctions by threatening to impose the "death penalty" for four years, which would forbid the football team from all competition.
Corbett said that while the alleged actions of those involved in the
tragic events at Penn State were criminal, no violation of NCAA rules
were identified. He accused NCAA president Mark Emmert of seizing upon
international publicity to "make a show of unprecedented and aggressive
"The NCAA leadership can't make up its own rules," Corbett said. "A handful of top NCAA officials simply inserted themselves into an issue they had no authority to police and one that was clearly being handled by the justice system."
Sandusky, a retired Penn State assistant football coach, was found
guilty of sexually abusing boys in June and is serving 30 to 60 years in
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:46 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:46:23 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children. Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said TuesdayMore >>
The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:15 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:15:19 GMT
The Carlisle Sentinel has put together voter guides for major primary elections in Cuberland County. Carlisle Borough CouncilCarlisle Area School BoardCarlisle Borough Tax CollectorCarlisle MayorWest PennsboroMore >>
Polling places across Pennsylvania opened at 7 a.m. today and will remain open until 8 p.m. as voter cast their ballots in a primary election for municipal and statewide offices. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:09:58 GMT
Police are searching Lancaster County Central Park for two men they say abducted a woman in the city this morning. Lieutenant Todd Umstead of Lancaster City Police say the woman was abducted around 8:49More >>
Police are searching Lancaster County Central Park for two men they say abducted a woman in the city this morning. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:03:04 GMT
A 30-year-old man was shot several times in York city late Monday night, according to police. York City Police said Eric Richards, 30, was shot in the abdomen and chest around 11:30 p.m. on the first blockMore >>
A 30-year-old man was shot several times in York city late Monday night, according to police. More >>
Hearing on the radio that a violent storm was approaching her rural Oklahoma neighborhood, Lindsay Carter took advantage of the advanced warning, gathered her belongings and fled. When she returned, there was little...More >>
A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against...More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:58 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:58:03 GMT
Perhaps the most watched race in Tuesday's election is the Democratic primary for Harrisburg mayor. Incumbent Linda Thompson is trying to fight off strong challenges from Dan Miller and Eric Papenfuse.More >>
Perhaps the most watched race in Tuesday's election is the Democratic primary for Harrisburg mayor. Incumbent Linda Thompson is trying to fight off strong challenges from Dan Miller and Eric Papenfuse. Lewis Butts is also on the ballot.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:55:53 GMT
Ron Castille is the chief justice of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court. He will face voters in November in a retention election, which are typically a slam-dunk for judges.More >>
Ron Castille is the chief justice of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court. He will face voters in November in a retention election, which are typically a slam-dunk for judges. Voters will simply vote 'yes' or 'no' on whether to retain Castille for another 10-year term.More >>