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Corbett does about-face, sues NCAA

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Back in July, Gov. Tom Corbett called the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State "part of [the] corrective process" in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. Today (see Laura Olson's story here) the governor filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block them.

Deadspin's Jack Dickey says the governor (who is filing the suit on his own without consulting incoming Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who has criticized him over the scandal) may have a good case:

It's the large-scale competitive sanctions against Penn State, though, which constitute a potential overstepping of the NCAA's powers. The state could argue that, 2012 success aside, Penn State's scholarship cuts, fine, and bowl bans make it more difficult for the university to recruit students, donors, and faculty. The courts might construe that as an illegal restraint of trade—the Supreme Court ruled in NCAA v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma that the association can't regulate big business.

What appears to be a copy of the suit is below, and indeed it gets into an anti-trust argument in page 30:

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