Paterno Family Demands Appeal

The family of Joe Paterno on Friday demanded an appeal of the NCAA’s unprecedented sanctions against Penn State for its leaders’ role in concealing the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, according to a copy of the letter sent to the NCAA and obtained by “Outside the Lines.”

In the letter, the Paterno family lawyers requested the NCAA hold an “open hearing” before its Infractions Appeals Committee of the package of sanctions accepted by Penn State on July 23. The historic sanctions, the most severe handed down by the NCAA, include a record $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban, significant scholarship losses, five years’ probation and the vacating of 111 wins by Paterno from 1998 through 2011.

“This matter may be the most important disciplinary action in the history of the NCAA, and it has been handled in a fundamentally inappropriate and unprecedented manner,” Wick Sollers, a Paterno family lawyer, wrote in the letter sent Friday afternoon to the NCAA’s Infractions Appeal Committee. “To severely punish a University and its community and to condemn a great educator, philanthropist and coach without any public review or hearing is unfair on its face and a violation of NCAA guidelines.”

Source:  ESPN, Don Van Natta Jr.