Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA claiming that the organization overstepped its authority when it penalized Penn State over its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. The school was banned from bowl games for four years, had a massive reduction in scholarships, ordered to pay a $60 million fine, and their wins from 1998 to 2011 were vacated.
Penn State is supposedly not involved in the lawsuit. This fact is important because the university agreed not to sue the NCAA when it accepted the sanctions. Corbett is not only the governor of Pennsylvania, he’s also a member of the Penn State University Board of Trustees. When the sanctions were first handed down, Corbett embraced them, claiming that they would help repair the school’s severally tarnished reputation.
He now appears to have changed his mind. Corbett isn’t suing the NCAA as a member of the Board of Trustees, that would be in violation of the earlier agreement, but as the governor of Pennsylvania. The sanctions are extremely unpopular with students and alumni and coincidentally, Corbett is up for reelection next year. By now going after the NCAA, Corbett can try to win back favor with Penn State defenders and enablers. Good luck with that.