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Corman: NCAA suit "unfortunate power grab"

Published by Karen Langley on .

For the record: After the NCAA filed a lawsuit challenging Sen. Jake Corman's new law keeping the Penn State fine in Pennsylvania, the Appropriations Committee chairman said state-funded universities should demand new leadership at the association.

"The NCAA federal lawsuit is an unfortunate power grab by the NCAA, who appears to be more concerned with its national reputation than actually using the $60 million for those who need it the most," Corman said in a statement yesterday.

Full statement after the jump:

The recent NCAA litigation challenging Act 1 will delay the Penn State fine money from positively impacting programs and services that assist child abuse victims in Pennsylvania. In arguing that Pennsylvania has no role in the policy decisions of a state related institution, the NCAA has gone well beyond its bylaws and believes it can operate as an unchecked governing body.

Act 1 was carefully crafted to not impair the consent decree between Penn State University and the NCAA, and the law is constitutional.

The NCAA has clearly misrepresented Penn State University as a private institution, as well as the parameters set forth in the consent decree.

NCAA president Mark Emmert's statement that Act 1 is nothing more than an attempt to benefit the "home team" is not only inaccurate but also exemplifies the organization's delusional understanding of the law. Penn State University receives no gain from Act 1 -- the only people who will benefit are Pennsylvania's sexual abuse victims. As the money is being derived from a Commonwealth-supported institution of higher education and being generated by state residents, the fine money should be distributed in Pennsylvania.

In light of the court challenge and Mark Emmert's statements, state-related and public universities which are members of the NCAA should call for a change in the NCAA leadership and operational standards. The NCAA federal lawsuit is an unfortunate power grab by the NCAA, who appears to be more concerned with its national reputation than actually using the $60 million for those who need it the most.

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