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Report: The State of Pennsylvania is Preparing to Sue the NCAA

The State of Pennsylvania is preparing to sue the NCAA, according to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

Per Thamel, the lawsuit will challenge the NCAA sanctions, however, it is unclear which sanction(s) will be called into question.

In July, the NCAA announced sanctions that included a four year bowl ban, a reduction of 10 scholarships for four years, and a $60 million fine.

Two weeks ago, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent wasn’t happy with Mark Emmert’s response to his request to retain the $60 million fine in the state of PA. Dent is one of several PA representatives to express a desire in keeping $60 million endowment to causes within the state.

Although the lawsuit comes on the heels of the historic NCAA penalties levied in July, Penn State is believed not to be involved. One University official claims that “Penn State has no involvement in this suit,” per the report. A spokesperson for Governor Tom Corbett also declined comment as of last night.

While there is no definitive timetable for an official announcement regarding the lawsuit, Thamel’s report mentions that it could come as early as tomorrow.

Even though the Nittany Lions aren’t playing football, the bowl season just got a bit more interesting for Penn Staters. Stay tuned, 2013 may be off to an explosive start.

Update — 5:07 p.m: According to Thamel, Corbett will announce that he is filing a lawsuit tomorrow morning in State College. Full details are not yet known, but the suit is expected to challenge all of the NCAA sanctions.
Drew Balis contributed to this post.

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