Gov. to file lawsuit against the NCAA to overturn Penn State sanctions after Sandusky scandal
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - An antitrust lawsuit by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett against the NCAA argues the organization acted illegally and was motivated by a desire to gain power for its president and weaken the university.
The 43-page complaint being filed Wednesday seeks to vacate all of the punishment related to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, including a $60 million fine and four-year bowl ban.
The lawsuit claims the NCAA was motivated by a desire to "gain leverage in the court of public opinion."
The NCAA says it's disappointed in Corbett's lawsuit, calling it meritless and an "affront" to Sandusky's victims.
Corbett says the university and state have been harmed by what he calls "harsh penalties."
Corbett, flanked by members of his staff and current and former students and athletes from the school, says the NCAA punished students, the community and businesses around the university, not the former assistant football coach who molested children.
The sanctions imposed in July included a $60 million fine for child abuse prevention grants, a four-year bowl game ban for the university's marquee football program and the forfeiture of 112 wins.
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