In a developing story, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press are both reporting that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will be filing a federal lawsuit in Harrisburg against the NCAA over the sanctions that the organization levied against Penn State as a result of findings of the Freeh Report dealing with the administration's knowledge of sexual abuse committed by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Corbett will hold a press conference in State College at the Nittany Lion Inn on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. to fully describe the range of the suit that he and other lawmakers are planning on filing.
This morning, it was thought that the suit would focus on the use of the $60 million fine as it has become a sticking point between state senators, including Jake Corman, and the NCAA with regards to where the money would be dispersed to. The NCAA said that at least 25% of the money would stay in the state while Corman introduced legislation that would keep all of the funds in the Commonwealth.
But now, as Thamel reports, there might be more teeth to the lawsuit than previously thought:
Gov's office being vague on suit, but it's expected to combat all NCAA sanctions against PSU. Not just use of $60 million fine.— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) January 1, 2013
If what Thamel says ends up panning out, the fight in court would involve not only the use of the fine, but also the postseason ban and scholarship reductions the school was given this summer, even though the university signed a consent decree, saying that they wouldn't fight the punishment they were given.
Here, it is important to note that the university has no hand in the state's actions.
A fight against all sanctions has been something Penn State fans have wanted for awhile. The leader of that fight, the former Attorney General-turned-governor and member of the university's Board of Trustees, though, has many scratching their heads.
Check back after tomorrow's press conference when more information is hopefully brought to light.
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