Lawyer: NCAA Actions Affected Entire PSU Community
From former players to faculty members, a mini-cross section of the Penn State community has partnered with the late head coach Joe Paterno's family in suing the NCAA to overturn the landmark sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
While the Paternos are the headliners among the plaintiffs in the civil suit filed Thursday in Centre County court, 19 others with ties to Penn State are also seeking a jury trial to reverse what they call the NCAA's swift and unlawful punishment of the storied football program.
Paul Kelly, an attorney representing trustees, faculty, and former players and coaches, said the lawsuit relates to the impact the Sandusky case has had on "the entire Penn State community."
Kelly says his clients had no other choice but to turn to the courts since the NCAA acted in an area in which it had no authority, failed to follow its own rules, forcibly imposed an onerous result on innocent parties.
NCAA president Mark Emmert - named as a defendant in the lawsuit - said he had not reviewed the filing and declined to comment.
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