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Ruling Involving NCAA Penalty Against Penn State
April 12, 2014
HARRISBURG- Our speaker is Senator John Yudichak of Luzerne County, a graduate of Penn State, who applauds the court ruling and says the NCAA got a One-Two punch from the court.

Commonwealth Court this week upheld the constitutionality of the state law passed last year that requires all $60 million of the NCAA’s penalty against Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky scandal to be used in Pennsylvania to combat sexual abuse of children. The court, however, did not order the NCAA to abide by the terms of the law, saying that it needed to hear more argument on the case before “making a legal determination which has such far-reaching implications.”

Senator Yudichak says though the ruling is a clear victory for the General Assembly and for Pennsylvania. He says the money that Penn State must cough up in fines to the NCAA should be spent only in Pennsylvania and that’s what this law – deemed constitutional-- requires. The 2013 state law had been challenged by the NCAA.

Commonwealth Court also sharply criticized and even questioned the validity of the controversial consent decree which obligates Penn State to pay the fine. Senator Yudichak says the Penn State Board of Trustees made a bad mistake by agreeing to the punishment and sanctions in the consent decree and says the fight to overturn them is not over.

Senator Yudichak also commended the lawsuit brought by Republican Senator Jake Corman of Centre County and Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord in their attempt to force the NCAA to set up a fund in the state treasury to combat sexual abuse of children in Pennsylvania.

Senator Yudichak says legislation that he and Senator Corman are sponsoring would reduce the size of the Penn State Board of Trustees from 32 to 23 members. He says a smaller board would lead to greater transparency and make it a more fully engaged and informed board of trustees. That bill remains in a Senate committee awaiting action.

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