Suit’s dismissal may help move PSU further from scandal
Gov. Tom Corbett’s suit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State University related to convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky has been thrown out by a federal judge.
The governor sought to overturn a $60 million fine, four-year postseason bowl ban, scholarship limits and other penalties against Penn State, in part because of the individuals and businesses in Pennsylvania that “suffer because of the NCAA’s actions.”
We believe there are many people who would agree with Corbett’s thinking and share his resentment of the NCAA for what is perceived by many to be over-the-top penalties.
But Judge Yvette Kane’s decision to throw out the case before it’s really gotten started may not be such a bad thing. Any developments related to the Sandusky case and the resulting penalties against Penn State have the effect of a lingering rain cloud that just won’t budge.
The arguments may be worthy, but the result of them is to prolong the nation’s disappointment with Penn State being host to the Sandusky scandal. We need to remove that spotlight as quickly as possible.
Certainly, the university not a party to Corbett’s suit and the football program in particular have made every effort in the past year to get beyond the scandal to a new era of university leadership and football excellence.
Perhaps, freed of the legal backdrop of lawsuits, the NCAA, under its own form of scrutiny these days, might consider reducing some of Penn State’s football penalties.
The football program and administration have gotten glowing reviews from the NCAA’s hired monitor, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, for instituting reforms and complying with NCAA directives in the past year.
With Mitchell as the middle man, the NCAA may have the political cover to reduce the penalties without appearing to cave in. And the NCAA could use some healing of its own reputation as an arrogant empire run amuk.
The shame that surrounds the Sandusky case can’t be undone. The view of many that the NCAA overstepped its bounds in its Penn State penalties probably will never change.
Given those circumstances, the more attachments to the scenario and the outcome that can be removed, the better.