Yeah, this was a little too good to be true...
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who apparently, has nothing better to do with his time decided to take the NCAA to court over actions he claims are "unlawful" in administering the sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Here's the press conference in its entirety...
"...the NCAA shouldn’t have sanctioned Penn State. I believe, and our suit contends, that the NCAA had no authority and operated outside of their own bylaws with these sanctions that they brought. This was a criminal matter, not a violation of NCAA rules,” Corbett said.
With all due respect, Penn State failed not only its students, supporters, student-athletes, boosters, backers, and the state itself. For the state to file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA on the grounds of challenging a document that the school itself signed (which, State College will undoubtedly say was done under duress...), is pretty brash...
"Our complaint states that the NCAA forced Penn State’s new president to agree to its sanctions under threat of the death penalty for the Penn State football program for four years. It did so without conducting its own investigation and without following its own rules for reviewing potential infractions by its members,” Corbett said.
But paying attention to the Freeh Report was a bad idea...???
Corbett refers to the punishments as "harsh, unjustified and unprecedented."
What would the victims say about how they were treated...???
Donald M. Remy, NCAA Executive Vice President and General Counsel issued this statement to the media:
“We are disappointed by the Governor's action today. Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy - lives that were destroyed by the criminal actions of Jerry Sandusky. While the innocence that was stolen can never be restored, Penn State has accepted the consequences for its role and the role of its employees and is moving forward. Today's announcement by the Governor is a setback to the University's efforts.”
And if Corbett, who is a trustee himself, didn't act like this over the summer... why does he get to act this way now...???