Penn State Trustees Could Appeal Sanctions, Then Sue NCAA

It's Penn State NCAA sanctions appeals season, so good news for everyone who likes those. Last week it was the Paterno family appeal, which of course won't be heard by the NCAA. Now a more formal appeal, which also will not budge the NCAA whatsoever, could be on the way from "at least two" Board of Trustees members, Don Van Natta Jr. reports:

Trustees and a person with first-hand knowledge of the discussions said the move is a precursor to a federal lawsuit asking a federal judge to invalidate the sanctions, because trustees expect the NCAA to reject the appeal.

So it's a formality, basically, meant to preserve the school's ability to defend itself in court as it moves forward. As our own legal expert wrote the day after the NCAA ruling came out, the school's agreement to a consent decree introduced total legal mayhem into the proceedings, and the trustees would like to wrangle all that back, if you please.

As revealed earlier by Van Natta, there was considerable discord between the BOT and president Rodney Erickson throughout the process that led to PSU being hit with heavy NCAA penalties.

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