NCAA Sues Governor Tom Corbett and Other Pennsylvania State Officials

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 20, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett speaks with Penn State student leaders behind him during a press conference at the Nittany Lion Inn, November 11, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Corbett has said he supports the Penn State Board of Trustees decision to fire former football head coach Joe Paterno. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The NCAA is suing Governor Tom Corbett and other Pennsylvania officials for allegedly going against the U.S. Constitution and attempting to meddle with a sanction agreement between the association and Penn State, according to Michael R. Sisak of the Citizens' Voice.

After the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the NCAA fined Penn State $60 million. But the state of Pennsylvania is considering moving forward with a law that would require the NCAA to spend the money in-state. 

The NCAA is claiming that the state would be illegally interfering with interstate commerce by passing the law. 

Corbett sued the NCAA just last month, claiming the fine and the sanctions were "an attack on past, present and future students of Penn State, the citizens of our commonwealth and our economy," per the Citizens' Voice report.

The Sandusky child-abuse scandal rocked Penn State and the nation, but the aftereffects figure to be felt long after the investigation that unveiled the university's cover-up. We have already witnessed unforeseen consequences and turmoil within the state after the investigation, and it doesn't appear as if things are going to get better anytime soon.

The sanctions imposed on Penn State by the NCAA were controversial at the time of the ruling. Some believed the sanctions should have been even harsher, while others claimed that they were punishing people who weren't even involved in the scandal.

One thing is for sure: The sanctions and fines placed on Penn State marked the tip of the iceberg. There is plenty of turmoil that continues to swirl around Pennsylvania after the investigation.


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