The NCAA’s legal team may be in for a busy 2013.
On Friday, Pennsylvania State Senator Jake Corman, who represents the 34th district which includes State College, announced that he is suing the NCAA to prevent the organization from using Penn State’s $60 million fine outside of the state lines.
While Corman believes all $60 million should be used toward PA programs, NCAA President Mark Emmert has said that only 25% of the $60 million fine will be used for sexual abuse awareness programs within the state. Although Penn State signed the consent decree in July, the NCAA set up a task force that plans to spend the money elsewhere violates the Pennsylvania Constitution, Corman said, according to Centre Daily Times article.
Corman has been a vocal supporter in keeping the fine within Pennsylvania, saying “I believe the fine money, which is coming from Pennsylvania residents, should stay in Pennsylvania and benefit our organizations and children,” in a release two weeks ago. Neither Penn State or the NCAA offered comment on the lawsuit.
The court document for Corman’s lawsuit can be found here.
Corman’s lawsuit marked the second Penn State-related lawsuit of 2013 against the NCAA. The first of which, of course, came from Governor Tom Corbett on Wednesday. Corbett filed an anti-trust lawsuit, calling the levied sanctions “over reaching” and asking the NCAA to throw out all of the sanctions imposed in July. The 43 page docket to Corbett’s lawsuit can be found here.
Needless to say, it hasn’t been a fun start to 2013 for Emmert and co. Nothing says “Happy New Year” to the NCAA like a pair of lawsuits from an entire state and a prominent state senator.