WJAC-TV: Judge Tosses Corbett’s Lawsuit against NCAA

6-story-graphicHARRISBURG – A federal judge in Pennsylvania says there’s no legal basis for Gov. Tom Corbett’s lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky.

U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane on Thursday threw out the anti-trust lawsuit Corbett filed in January in which he sought to overturn the $60 million fine, four-year bowl ban and other penalties.

Kane calls Corbett’s argument “a Hail Mary pass” and is ending the case in its early stages.

Penn State, which agreed to the penalties, isn’t a party to the case.

A spokesman for Corbett’s general counsel’s office and the NCAA offered no immediate comment.

Sandusky, a former university assistant football coach, is serving a decades-long prison sentence for child molestation.

In the meantime, members of Penn State’s board of trustees Penn State’s trustees told The Associated Press they hope the NCAA will reconsider its crippling penalties against the university before they’re due to expire in 2018.

In an hourlong interview on Wednesday, board Chairman Keith Masser and longtime board member Joel Myers did not offer a time frame for approaching the NCAA.

The trustees said the university has implemented a long list of changes as result of the Sandusky child molestation scandal.

They say the reforms have improved the university and might help them persuade the NCAA to reconsider its crippling penalties.

Masser and Myers are touting the changes at Penn State since Sandusky’s arrest, including cutting the governor and university president from the board.

Other changes they’re describing are the hiring of an athletics integrity officer and training 16,000 people on child abuse reporting and 3,000 on the federal law that requires reporting campus crime.

Masser says Penn State has already fully implemented 76 recommendations in a university-commissioned report the board received a year ago.

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