In football terms, Tom Corbett, the quarterback/governor of Team Pennsylvania, was forced out of the pocket and sacked Thursday. The person who delivered the hit was Chief U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane, who used a football analogy herself in dismissing Mr. Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA.
His attempt to challenge the sanctions against Penn State University because of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal were a "Hail Mary pass." The only question was whether there was a violation of federal antitrust law -- and there wasn't.
This lawsuit was a mistake from the start. A month after Sandusky's conviction, Penn State officials agreed to a $60 million fine, a prohibition against post-season play for four years and the erasure of victories from 1998 to 2011 in order to avoid the NCAA's so-called death penalty -- suspension of the football program. Indeed, Mr. Corbett said at the time that "part of that corrective process is to accept the serious penalties."
He sued anyway, shamelessly becoming the champion of Penn State fans -- and never mind that he was a member of the university's board of trustees. In January, we said his complaint was "belated, bizarre and self-serving." Now we can add useless and humiliating.