Penn State Nittany Lions: Tom Corbett

5 Questions: Former OL Tim Freeman

January, 11, 2013
Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.

This week's subject is Tim Freeman, a PSU offensive tackle from 1985 to 1989. This week's edition of "5 Questions" is slightly different, in that Freeman will answer five questions based around one theme: Gov. Tom Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA.

Freeman drove from New Jersey last week to stand behind Corbett during the announcement of the lawsuit. The PSU alum, a youth coach, has three children of his own and feels strongly about the sanctions.

NittanyNation: We talked before, and you told me you didn't think the NCAA should have brought these sanctions against Penn State -- so why do you think they chose to do so in the first place?

Tim Freeman: I think there was a huge reaction as a result of children being harmed -- and the reaction was exactly what it should have been, in terms of people being outraged. So I think that's why the NCAA acted the way they did.

But I would say they actually had a tremendous amount to gain. If you have a very powerful institution and one of the members has an issue, that trade organization can gain a significant amount of power they might not have necessarily been delegated. ... I feel strongly this is a criminal matter, and this is a matter that can only be handled by our judicial system. This is not a matter that the NCAA is capable of handling. They don't have the people who are capable of sorting this out.

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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.

NittanyNation takes a look at news and reaction from Pennsylvania and around the country on Gov. Tom Corbett's decision to file a lawsuit against the NCAA in hopes to get Penn State's sanctions overturned.
  • Michael McCann, the director of the Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School, analyzes the key issues in this case and says that the NCAA would suffer a "loss" if the lawsuit wasn't dismissed early. He calls it a "landmark case in NCAA legal history."

Pennsylvania governor suing NCAA

January, 2, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Corbett took the podium Wednesday, railing against the NCAA for overstepping its authority and announcing a federal lawsuit against the organization.

The 43-page lawsuit was filed Wednesday and seeks to repeal Penn State's sanctions. NCAA vice president and general counsel Donald M. Remy responded in a statement and said he was "disappointed" with Corbett's decision.

Penn State is not part of the lawsuit, and Corbett said he waited this long to fully research the situation and because he didn't want to interrupt the football season.

"If the state of Pennsylvania thinks it's the best decision, it's what they're going to do," Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin said. "We appreciate everything they're doing now and everything the alumni have done for us."

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