NCAA Sues Corbett, Cites “Unconstitutional” Methods

The NCAA fired back quickly at Pennsylvania’s new law aimed at keeping Penn State’s fine money inside the state, filing a lawsuit today against Governor Tom Corbett and other state officials saying that they are acting illegally in trying to tamper with the NCAA consent decree.

“By seizing the funds and restricting eligibility to benefit from the funds only to Pennsylvania programs benefiting only Pennsylvania residents, the act will defeat the consent decree’s plain terms and frustrate the parties’ intended purpose,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit states asks a judge to throw out the new law, claiming that Pennsylvania can’t negate with a private contract between the NCAA and Penn State.

It also claims that the law is unconstitutional, citing the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which says “norshall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

It hasn’t been a fun times for the NCAA, which just fired its VP of Enforcement earlier this week. That, and a botched Miami investigation has much of the country questioning whether the organization, under Mark Emmert, continues to serve its purpose of promoting fair play in college athletics. This legal squabble Penn State, at least ostensibly, only piles on to the already high stack of dirty laundry for the NCAA.

The full lawsuit can be read below:

NCAA v. Corbett

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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