Gov. Tom Corbett today said National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. sanctions on the Penn State football program "go well beyond" those responsible for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and the university was on its way to "turning things around" itself without the athletic body's penalties.
Mr. Corbett, a Penn State trustee and the state's former top prosecutor, was careful not to get into ongoing criminal or civil court matters related to the case but said "the actions taken [by the NCAA] though go well beyond those who were responsible or should have been responsible and affect all those students up there [in State College]. It affects the psyche up there. I can certainly understand that where the players who played all those games are looking at the NCAA and saying, 'I didn't play the game? Of course I did.'"
The NCAA on Monday issued a four-year bowl game ban on Penn State, reduced 40 scholarships, fined the school $60 million and wiped out all of late coach Joe Paterno's 409 victories from 1998 through 2011.
"The impact on the university is going to be there for a long time. I believe the university was turning things around on its own and I'm a little concerned at the overall impact. But it is an association, the university belongs to it voluntarily and I guess they have to play by their rules."
Mr. Corbett, who made the comments at Point State Park at the end of a kayak trip through Western Pennsylvania, said as a trustee he was advised in advance of the NCAA's announcement that sanctions were coming, but he did not know in advance what they were.
Timothy McNulty: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1581 First Published July 25, 2012 6:45 PM