NCAA asked to reinstate PSU football scholarships

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Two Pennsylvania congressmen want the National Collegiate Athletic Association to either reinstate 40 scholarships removed from Penn State University over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal or "return to the university" a sum equal to the cost of providing them.

Reps. Charles W. Dent, R-Allentown, and Glenn Thompson, R-Centre, co-signed a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert protesting the scholarship decision included in the organization's penalties announced in July.

The letter, citing superior graduation rates among Penn State's football team, asked how depriving those student athletes of a quality education squares with the NCAA's goals of emphasizing the education of student athletes and providing them with access to higher education.

In related news, a state Senate panel approved a measure Monday that would require Penn State's $60 million fine from the scandal to be spent on programs within the commonwealth.

That measure is expected to be voted on Wednesday by the full Senate.

The fine -- which will go into an endowment for programs preventing child sex abuse or assisting abuse victims -- is part of the set of NCAA sanctions that Penn State agreed to in July.

Under the measure, the funds could be used only to benefit Pennsylvania residents. The dollars would be distributed through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

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