Highlights from Corbett's lawsuit vs. NCAA

January, 3, 2013
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NittanyNation takes a look at some of the excerpts that stand out in the 43-page lawsuit that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett filed against the NCAA on Wednesday, in hopes to get Penn State's sanctions overturned:
  • Page 4 -- The NCAA took the public position that its unique and unprecedented actions were necessary to correct a "culture" at Penn State that improperly exalted the football program to a position of "deference" and "reverence" within the university. While the role of football and other high-profile sports on college campuses is certainly a legitimate subject for debate, the notion that this phenomenon is in any way unique to Penn State defies credulity.
  • Page 25 -- Division I college football is a huge generator of revenue for participating institutions, and virtually all "football schools" treat their football coaches and programs with "deference" and "reverence." The NCAA, of course, contributes directly to this "culture" by permitting and condoning lucrative television and apparel contracts for its major conferences and institutions, outsourcing its postseason to for-profit entities such as bowl games and the Bowl Championship Series, and allowing the contests between its most skilled "student-athletes" to become national prime time entertainment on a weekly basis.
  • Page 38 -- The role that a championship-caliber football program can play in the health of a university has been articulated by Dr. Emmert himself, who, as chancellor of Louisiana State University in 1999, defended the hiring of big-name football coach at a seven-figure salary by saying, "Simply put, success in LSU football is essential for the success of Louisiana State University."
  • Page 29 -- [A]t least ten Penn State football players transferred from Penn State, taking advantage of the NCAA's sanction that allowed them to play immediately for competing schools. At least five football recruits severed their commitments to Penn State. Like children looting a newly broken pinata, competing colleges and universities promptly snapped up the newly available football players, strengthening their own football programs at the expense of the one the NCAA had conspired to decimate.
  • Pages 19-20 -- On November 17, 2011, Dr. Emmert issued a letter to Penn State President Rodney Eirckson demanding Penn State's production of information related to the grand jury indictment. After issuing the letter, Dr. Emmert posted it on the NCAA's website, itself a departure from the NCAA's long-standing tradition of not publicizing its commencement of investigations against its member institutions: This disciplinary action would be different, and Dr. Emmert wanted everyone to know it.
  • Page 15 -- The fact that the alleged actions of those involved in the tragic events at Penn State were criminal, and that no violations of NCAA rules had been identified, would not dissuade Dr. Emmert from seizing upon the international publicity that the Penn State matter had instantly attracted to make a show of unprecedented and aggressive discipline -- discipline that he, with the input of a handful of university presidents and chancellors, would determine and impose. Once and for all, the NCAA would shed the reputation of being soft on discipline, even if doing so meant ignoring the existing NCAA rules and processes that its member institutions justifiably expected and to which they were entitled.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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