PS4RS Doesn’t Support NCAA Settlement
Some people are never happy.
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, a pro-Paterno group that has organized alumni over recent years in an attempt to change Penn State governance and right purported wrongs related to the Sandusky scandal, opposed today’s settlement news that restored Penn State’s 112 vacated wins and replaces the 2012 consent decree that the group has lobbied so hard against. Even though the consent decree is no longer valid, the group says the settlement didn’t go far enough and wants an apology from the NCAA.
We thank Senator Corman and Treasurer McCord for their efforts on Penn State’s behalf. Unfortunately we cannot support an agreement that does not require the NCAA to acknowledge its wrongdoing. The NCAA had no authority to impose any sanctions on the university in connection with a criminal matter that has still not been adjudicated in a court of law. NCAA officials improperly set the direction of the Freeh investigation and then the NCAA imposed draconian sanctions based on the resulting sham report that did not even follow the NCAA’s own rules for the protection of those under investigation. The discovery in this case shows that the NCAA cynically took this path to prop up its own faltering reputation. The Consent Decree must be unambiguously retracted and the NCAA must apologize to the Penn State community for the language used in that decree.
It’s worth noting that the settlement agreement conceded that the NCAA had the right to act against Penn State in this case, although Sen. Jake Corman said in a press conference earlier today that “actions speak louder” in this case. All nine alumni trustees, who PS4RS has endorsed and helped elect, voted to approve the settlement agreement at today’s Board of Trustees meeting as well.