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Corbett: "The NCAA and Mark Emmert seized upon the opportunity for publicity."
"I know that many of you have many questions, such as why now? ... I wanted to thoroughly research the issue. And I didn't want to make the same mistake the NCAA did and carelessly rush into it.
"I didn't want to do it during the football season."
"Penn State does have a moral responsibilty to the victims and the community. And it has accepted that responsibility. ... If the lawsuit is successful, I would suggest to the BOT they take the $60 million and use it to work for the abuse victims."
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Oh wow, I hope he really backs up what he's saying. Can't wait to hear Emmert's response.
Wants to work toward prevention of these kinds of sexual abuse.
"NCAA operated outside of their own bylaws."
"This was a criminal matter, not a violation of NCAA rules."
"What it means is the Freeh report is an incomplete report."
Corbett says university was not invited to join the suit. Had advised Erickson and other officials it would be filed over the weekend.
Says he asked Linda Kelly (AG) to take a look at it. "They have a lot of workload on their shoulders."
bills62 - I believe Mr. Rice has this covered.
Used general counsel and outside firm. Asked Linda Kelly to take a look at the suit. Has not conferred with Kathleen Kain (sp?) at this point.
"Penn State had no choice given the ultimatum that the NCAA gave to the administration."
Still wants athletic dept. to voluntarily pay $60 million fine, so apparently doesn't actually care about non-revenue sports
"The citizens and the business of PA here in State College and around, have been harmed."
"I do ask you to take a very thorough review of the complaint. It was not taken lightly."
Corbett will take no more questions.
Federal anti-trust lawsuit. I never thought I'd see the day. I don't really believe a word Corbett is saying about why he waited, especially after he's on record as saying they were acceptable. I'm a little disappointed that no reporter asked Corbett about why he backed the sanctions in July, but now is filing suit against them. But like in the movie School Ties, we'll use Corbett now after he used us previously.
Federal anti-trust are words the NCAA does not like hearing, at all.
"A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep"- Glenn Carson
Hey, if he's going to fight this and get the sanctions lessened, or removed, I'll take a $60 million fine.
I have no problem with the Athletic Dept. or University paying a fine... unacceptable things did go down at PSU and there should be punishment, like a fine, just the NCAA should not administer it or decide what it goes to.
LOL -- Oh the irony. (but I'll take it).
General counsel Jim Schultz now at the podium.
"In this case, the NCAA didn't use their (usual) process at all. The executive board and the president went ahead on their own on this one, and that is prohibited by their bylaws."
Corbett has it right. The NCAA way overstepped and was overly harsh. I like our chances in court.
Thought the exact same thing as I typed it.
Schultz said Corbett's status as a member of the BOT won't affect the suit.
Pay the $60 million, keep it in state, wipe out all the other sanctions. I'm good with that.
Schultz said they started "looking at it" in the summer.
As happy as I am to FINALLY see someone fight back against the BS sanctions and NCAA hypocrisy, this should've been done back in the summer or even sooner.
It's to Corbett's benefit politically to defend PSU, it's not like he all of a sudden had an epiphany that the sanctions were unjust, more like he saw his poll numbers. But whatever his motivation for challenging the NCAA, I'm all for it!
The NCAA had no business whatsoever getting involved in a criminal proceeding or passing moral judgment on those involved.
Wasn't stepping on anyone's toes. Was just trying to supplement, as it's not the easiest thing to transcribe.
Schultz said he's heard the BOT will make their own statement.
"Quite frankly, they don't have a role in this."
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