Issue One: Gov. Corbett and the NCAA
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Drop the lawsuit
I am not at all pleased that Gov. Tom Corbett has decided to waste state resources, time and dollars in litigation with the NCAA concerning Penn State, which responsibly accepted its NCAA punishment following the Jerry Sandusky crimes and, based on the Freeh report, the cover-up by Joe Paterno and university leadership. This should have begun the process of moving on from this ugly spectacle. The perception of our state had been damaged by the action of Sandusky and Penn State officials, and this lawsuit allows this negative perception to continue.
I feel strongly that Gov. Corbett was motivated by politics as well as guilt for dragging his feet in bringing charges against Sandusky when Mr. Corbett was state attorney general. If only our governor had been as quick to bring charges against Sandusky as he was in bringing his lawsuit against the NCAA, some boys may have been saved from the cover-up.
Drop the lawsuit now, Gov. Corbett, so we can once again get back to healing this state from the damage that has been done. Then, and only then, will we be able to focus and help the true victims -- those boys known and unknown who were terrorized by a man whom Penn State has readily admitted (by accepting the findings of the Freeh report) was protected by university leadership.
In the Post-Gazette editorial regarding Gov. Tom Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA, you asked the question, "Why challenge it at all?" ("Late Hit: Corbett's Suit Against the NCAA Is Out of Bounds," Jan. 4).
My question is: Why penalize the football program at all? I can only assume it is because the NCAA thinks Joe Paterno was involved in a conspiracy to conceal the crimes of Jerry Sandusky. That has yet to be proved in a court of law. To invoke such severe sanctions based on the Freeh report is akin to convicting a defendant based only on the prosecution's case. In my opinion, that's not the way we do things in America.
First Published January 13, 2013 12:00 am