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Earlier this afternoon, lawyers on behalf of the Joe Paterno family sent an official appeal letter to the NCAA relating to the sanctions levied against the Penn State football team. The letter can be found below in it's entirety.
Does this mean that we get Redd back?
Replace erickson with SuePa!!
Do we want him back? Something tells me things wouldn't go so well with the other players if he comes back and pretends like nothing happened.
Is this an appeal to the NCAA?
ie like the Saints players' "appeal" to the NFL which was nothin more than an appeal to Roger Goodell and basically pointless?
Where are the lawyers to weigh in on this? Also, I would imagine that this is just the start of it from the Paternos and Wick Sollers. I imagine they're ready to go to court over this if the NCAA denies this appeal (which I would expect).
This is all my uninformed, 2 minutes after the fact opinion.
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It takes the family of a fired employee to stand up for the university while our own BoT and President cowarded in the corner and left the NCAA take their lunch money!!!!!
I would think the appeal would only be for the wins that were removed, I don't think the Paternos could appeal any sanctions placed on the school. I would think they would only have the ability to appeal Joe's records that were removed
This appeal isn't going anywhere folks. Get a grip.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
My guess is the appeal is denied and it becomes a lawsuit. It's interesting in many ways. Yes, my first thought was that the school should have done this, rather than the Paternos. However, the school is understandably concerned about its image right now, and an appeal would cause additional outcry, unfortunately. The Paterno family has no such concerns....they can take that bullet. Seriously, I would have to think any court would look at the Freeh Report, as well as the NCAA's reliance on it, and would poke about a million holes in it. I am thrilled that the Paternos are doing this.
This might be all for nothing but at least someone has some guts to stand up to the NCAA.
The NCAA levied sanctions without due process, in potential violation of their own stated procedures, violating precedent, and did so based on allegations that had yet to be proven in court. Every attorney I have spoken with about this has believed that all it would take to effectively challenge this decree and at least have it argued in court would be someone with standing to issue the challenge. The University is the only entity that has obvious standing, but as a named party, Paterno and possibly his representatives may have enough involvement to be given standing by a sympathetic judge. Best shot anyone's going to get imho.
I whole-heartedly agree.
The media and other fanbases and even some of our own will mock and tell them to "give it a rest," but I think people need to stand up for injustices. Anyone that is slightly informed about this whole mess knows that there was definitely something very shady about how the NCAA went about this.
1) No due process
2) Circumvented their own rules and precedents
3) Basically used the threat of "Death Penalty" to keep PSU from fighting sanctions
4) Most important... Criminal matter - Not their jurisdiction
So for both the Paterno family (Wick Sollers) and the PS4RS.org I applaud your efforts to not just move past this most obvious power play by the NCAA without seeing some real rationale behind these punishments. Emmert and the Executive committee should have to answer in plain speak as to how they can justify these actions. Instead of the lies that we originally heard from these so called moral men. Hopefully this thing picks up steam.
This is a quote from another article on the appeal: "If the NCAA rejects the request for an appeal hearing, the Paterno family could use the request as the basis for legal action against the NCAA."
You better believe they will take legal action.
Why do you believe only the University has standing?
And I bet that there are some rich boosters willing to help with the fight
I doubt the NCAA will hear the appeal. They will reject it. If the Paterno's want to continue the fight, they will have to go to court. It is going to be an uphill battle for them. I doubt it goes very far.
He said "obvious standing" not the only with standing. Joe is named as a cause of the sanctions and his professional record is muted by the sanctions, so he may have claim for appeal for at least his professional record.
I'm glad this is being done, not because I think PSU/Paterno is innocent of screwing up, but because the NCAA has no business laying down the law in this matter. The criminal courts should and will deal with this.
I have been surprised of no public comment from other universities that would be affected down the road by the precedence the NCAA set.
I hope FUemmert is squirming now.
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