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Response from NCAA via Donald M. Remy, executive VP and General Counsel:
“We are disappointed by the Governor's action today. Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy - lives that were destroyed by the criminal actions of Jerry Sandusky. While the innocence that was stolen can never be restored, Penn State has accepted the consequences for its role and the role of its employees and is moving forward. Today's announcement by the Governor is a setback to the University's efforts.”
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If the NCAA only cares about the children, then how is this a setback? Penn State apparently can't work towards child abuse prevention unless they're under sanctions?
ho boy. it's about to get messy.
It's about $4-5 million per year, which is chump change especially considering it was going to be donated to child abuse victims' organizations just like the $60 million. The B10 added its own sanctions as a PR move. And to be fair, it had to do so. It would have been criticized if it had sat silently and done nothing. However, from the B10's perspective, the best of both worlds would be getting to have the big press conference announcing the sanctions but not having to ever follow through with them. The B10 benefits long term from a strong PSU. It has no interest in a weak PSU.
Good grief. Pandering all around today, I see.
And a statement from Penn State:
"The university is committed to full compliance with the consent decree, the Athletics Integrity Agreement and the implementation of the Freeh report recommendations. We look forward to continuing to work with Sen. George Mitchell as the athletic integrity monitor for complete fulfillment of the Athletics Integrity Agreement.
"We recognize the important role that intercollegiate athletics provides for our student athletes and the wider university community. Penn State continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to excellence and integrity in all aspects of our University and continues to be a world-class educational institution of which our students, faculty, staff and alumni can be justifiably proud."
Lol! I hope we smash these clowns! What a bullsh*t statement.
this is a disappointment................out of Corbetts own mouth less than 6 months ago, was the statement that he supported the sanctions and they were appropriate. If he, we, were going to fight it, July would have been the time to do it. This is nothing more that political. Corbett openly called for Paterno to be fired and was basically on the opposition side this whole time......why now? Pressure. I hope this will do some good, but I am betting it doesnt change anything, accept to to keep this story in the news.
yea, cut me a break...how does student athletes not receiving scholarships help any victims...NCAA got called out and is now trying to back pedal
But, I thought it was our culture not the specific actions/role of our employees?
My favorite part of the NCAA response is that fighting the sanctions is "an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy". That's ridiculous and couldn't be further from the truth.
Does anyone think the NCAA really wants to fight an anti-trust lawsuit at this time? I have a hard time believing that since they have a lot to lose (ie, power). I think this settles.
glad both sides can agree it was a "criminal act"
Exactly, basically what the NCAA believes is that the PSU football team succeeding is a detriment to the victims.. what a load of crap.. didn't others on here say some of the victims were fans of PSU and were upset that the team was being punished? NCAA has no clue..
Bull crap. Trying to keep it super-charged with emotions instead of addressing the legal merits. To me this shows they don't have much to stand on.
No doubt. The NCAA doesn't give a shit about the victims and never has.
"for its [Penn State] role and the role of its employees"
Who are they referring to? Jerry Sandusky? Because he wasn't employed by PSU at the time of the much debated acts. Or are they referring to Curley/Shultz/Spanier? Who have not yet been convicted of anything. I find that part of their statement very interesting!
Secondly....this has nothing to do with the victims of Jerry Sandusky and everything to do with the victims of the NCAA's actions.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
I just can't see them coming out with a public statement saying that fighting any of the sanctions is an "affront to the victims" and then settling and reducing the sanctions without putting up a fight. It certainly wouldn't be the first time the NCAA was hypocritical, but a quiet settlement (although it would probably be the best for them in the long run) doesn't appear to be what they're setting themselves up for PR-wise.
I'm sure the victims of child abuse everywhere felt better that some athletes won't get scholarships for years to come. The NCAA is a joke. Love the lawsuit.
This is going to get interesting....NCAA statement seems pretty tepid....
Exactly. They are going to try to defend this in the media by talking about the victims and Jerry Sandusky. Fortunately our legal system will process this without the rhetoric.
What a stupid comment by a VP/ General Councel of the NCAA. How is this a "setback" to anything the University has done, is doing or will do? It was clearly stated that the University has nothing to do with this? It is the actions of the state based on the finacal impact that it had on the state and businesses.
I'm no lawyer, and I'm obviously very close to this situation......................
But that looks to me like all they have to stand on is "don't forget the victims" and doesn't look strong at all.
BS statement by the NCAA for a variety of reasons:
1. They say they care about the victims. Ok then, why dont we keep the $60 million and help child abuse prevention in the state of PA instead of going to the NCAA and them using a portion for "admin fees (aka whatever they believe is "fair")" and the rest to their cronies and very little to legitimate child abuse prevention
2. If they cared about the victims, they wouldve been willing to listen to the victims, who some have said that they wish the NCAA wouldve had their take on it.
3. By sanctioning or eliminating PSU football, it would leave practically less (sanctions) to no money (death penalty) to be raised toward child abuse prevention.
4. If they cared about the victims and or children, teens, etc..Then why are they eliminating 80 scholarships from collegiate sports (its not like our -20 scholarship limit is just going to be redirected elsewhere).
This post was edited by tmaluchnik 18 months ago
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