Penn State scandal: Pennsylvania suing the NCAA

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The state of Pennsylvania is planning to challenge the NCAA sanctions placed on Penn State, says a report by SI.com's Pete Thamel.

The state of Pennsylvania is planning to take the NCAA to court and challenge the sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, multiple sources have told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel.

According to Thamel, the details of the lawsuit are still unclear. However, it is believed the state is looking to overturn or reduce the NCAA's penalties against PSU. An announcement from the state, which could come as soon as Wednesday, should provide more details on the case. From Thamel:

It is also not known whether the lawsuit will be all-encompassing and challenge the NCAA's historic penalties against Penn State. In July, the NCAA announced penalties that included significant scholarship reductions, a four-year postseason ban and vacated wins under former coach Joe Paterno.

According to the report, PSU did not request the state file a lawsuit. This is a case that is being brought up just by the state of Pennsylvania.

"Penn State has no involvement in this suit," according to one Penn State official.

Despite the sanctions, the Nittany Lions' football team ended the season with an 8-4 record under the leadership of head coach Bill O'Brien. Penn State was not allowed to participate in a bowl game because of the NCAA sanctions.
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