Update: Corman Releases All Testimony From Lawsuit, Calls For Investigation Of NCAA
Update (10:43 a.m.): You can see the depositions and exhibits in full, including those of Mark Emmert, Rodney Erickson, Keith Masser, and others here. Corman announced on Wednesday morning that he released 4,900 documents in total, which he says he will send to the NCAA Executive Committee in hopes of holding NCAA leadership accountable for its actions. Corman said that the NCAA Board of Directiors should vote to fire Emmert.
Corman is also sending the documents to Congress and asking for a full investigation of the NCAA. He said that multiple congressmen have said they will look into this and he would like to see congressional hearings on the matter.
Corman said that he “believe[s] the NCAA will find they have a culture problem” and that “if the NCAA believes their core values, they will determine that Mark Emmert is not a credible leader of the NCAA.
The NCAA might not be in the clear just yet when it comes to its dealings with Penn State.
State Senator Jake Corman, a key player behind the lifting of the NCAA’s sanctions on Penn State, will announce a full airing of the information provided under oath during litigation in his since-settled case with college athletics’ governing body at 10:30 a.m. per a press release.
In his announcement, Corman will “show the flawed logic and flagrant violations” by the NCAA through a review of sworn depositions that preempted the agreement to end his lawsuit.
Corman, along with former State Treasurer Rob McCord, reached a settlement in their case with the NCAA challenging the Consent Decree’s legality in keeping the $60 million fine on Penn State to stay in-state. The case eventually expanded to challenge the legality of the NCAA’s actions taken against Penn State as a whole.
The decree called for the fine to go towards an endowment for programs preventing child sexual abuse, but did not stipulate whether or not the money would stay in the Commonwealth. Corman sued the NCAA in order to enforce the Endowment Act, which would keep the fine money in Pennsylvania, before settling out of court after the suit evolved to challenge the consent decree’s legality.
Throughout the lawsuit, testimony and documents involving the NCAA continuously painted it in a bad light to both the public and the court. The settlement seemingly ended the public relations nightmare stemming from the suit, but Corman’s presser today will release all of the documents pertaining to the case to the public.
Corman will also “call for a full accountability by the NCAA of the responsible parties” at his press conference on Wednesday morning. He will speak from the conference room of his office in Harrisburg’s Capitol Building. We’ll keep you posted with information on where to watch Corman’s presser online.
Photo: Office of State Sen. Jake Corman