Corbett will not appeal dismissal of NCAA lawsuit over Penn State sanctions

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gov. Tom Corbett will not appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State over its mishandling of child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Corbett's general counsel said in a statement that after extensive review of U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane's decision, the administration had decided not to further pursue claims the $60 million fine, reduction in football scholarships and ban from bowl games violated federal antitrust laws.

General Counsel James Schultz added that the ruling highlighted issues that might be beneficial in other ongoing cases challenging the sanctions.

"We will continue to review legal options available to defend state law, including the requirement that all fine money paid by Penn State be used to support Pennsylvania programs aimed at preventing child sexual abuse," Schultz said.

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