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The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer

Lawyers for the NCAA, Gov. Corbett, and other state officials think they can settle within the next month a lawsuit over the $60 million in penalties Penn State is paying for its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual- abuse scandal.

In a joint motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Harrisburg, the sides said another month would give them a "meaningful opportunity" to resolve the lawsuit.

However, nine members of the university's board of trustees have recommended a meeting Aug. 22 to decide on an official negotiating position for Penn State in the matter.

In a letter to board chairman Keith Masser, the nine said the board was "generally uninformed about these important negotiations" and had "not sanctioned, nor even discussed, an official negotiating posture for the university. . . . We ask that neither university nor board personnel conduct any further conversations with the NCAA until our direction has been discussed . . . and the entire Penn State community knows what we are doing."

The NCAA sued Corbett, state treasurer Rob McCord, and two other state officials over a 2013 law that required the entire penalty being paid by Penn State to remain within Pennsylvania. Some $24 million of the $60 million, a figure devised to match football revenue for an average year, has been set aside, the university said.

The NCAA said the money had to be paid over five years and targeted for programs to prevent child sexual abuse and to help its victims.

The NCAA and the offices of Corbett's general counsel and the auditor general declined comment. A spokesman for McCord would not say whether there was a specific reason to believe a settlement could happen.

A month after Corbett signed the law requiring the money to remain in Pennsylvania, the NCAA challenged it in federal court, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution.

The nine trustees are pushing for a review of the Freeh Report, the internal investigation commissioned by Penn State that implicated coach Joe Paterno and other top administrators in an alleged cover-up of claims against Sandusky.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.



August 8, 2014




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