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Paterno Family Sues NCAA

By Nate Woelfel



This statue of the late Joe Paterno has since been removed from the campus of Penn State University, but the Paterno family's fight against the NCAA is only just beginning. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
This statue of the late Joe Paterno has since been removed from the campus of Penn State University, but the Paterno family's fight against the NCAA is only just beginning. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

The family of the late Joe Paterno officially filed a lawsuit against the NCAA on Thursday.

A handful of Paterno’s former players at Penn State joined the family in the legal action which asserts that the NCAA overstepped its boundaries when penalizing the university for the actions of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The NCAA opted to assess several penalties to the institution after Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse and it appeared as though the school had knowingly made efforts to cover up parts of the scandal. A four-year bowl ban, a $60 million fine, scholarship cuts were among the punishments that were handed down, which also included vacating 111 of Paterno’s wins.

The Paterno family has been a vocal opponent of the university’s internal investigation, since former FBI director Louis Freeh released his findings in July 2012. The family even went so far as to commission its own report that was made public in February of this year.

According to the filing, the family believes that the NCAA grossly mishandled a “criminal matter that falls far outside of the scope of their authority.”