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Gov. Tom Corbett's decision to pursue dismissing NCAA sanctions against Penn State stemming from the ignominious Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal is wrought with ethical and legal issues.
First, what is the governor's role? Is he acting as governor of Pennsylvania, or as a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, or as the former attorney general who investigated? Certainly there are conflict of interest issues here.
Second, the NCAA is granted powers beyond slapping athletes with sanctions. It is in particularly egregious cases of despicable institutional behavior granted authority to sanction entire athletic programs. These powers are ceded to the NCAA by member institutions.
Third, the Pennsylvania attorney general is about to prosecute three Penn State administrators for criminal involvement from the pedophile scandal. Are we going to allow there was criminal wrongdoing by Penn State administrators, but Penn State doesn't need discipline?
Finally this is an affront to those who had their lives ruined by a predator pedophile, as not just the athletic department but also the whole administration that turned its back on children in distress and danger.
GEORGE M. HICKOK
First Published January 8, 2013 12:00 am