With fiery rhetoric from high-powered attorneys and surrogates such as a former Pennsylvania governor, four years ago the family of the late Joe Paterno announced they were suing the NCAA. The suit sought to overturn NCAA sanctions against Paterno’s old Nittany Lion football program. It was mostly about what the family deemed unfair and irreparable harm the NCAA inflicted on Paterno due to its use of the Freeh Report in leveling the penalties.
The findings of Louis Freeh’s report were released in the weeks after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012. The 267-page report said former school president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and Paterno were “able to make decisions to avoid the consequences of bad publicity.”
The Paterno family filed the suit believing the former coach was unfairly blamed for the cover-up at the university. Paterno reported an allegation of abuse from an assistant coach to his superiors but did not at any time go to police.
“The Paterno family characterized this case as a ‘search for the truth,’” said Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer. “Its decision today, after years of investigation and discovery, to abandon its lawsuit rather than subject those facts to courtroom examination is telling.
“It is disappointing that so much time, effort, and financial resources have been wasted on efforts by the Paterno family in this litigation,” said Remy. “We must not lose sight of the fact that the real victims are the dozens of innocent children abused by Jerry Sandusky. ”
reinstated Paterno's vacated wins and reduced the sanctions against PSU.
after the dust settled from the SMU case. It's too bad they didn't stand their ground after that and say "here is what will happen when institutions lose control". Then it would be less likely to have the mess that is big-time college athletics today. They should have made further examples of Miami, Baylor, FSU and USC football (to name a few) and most of all UNC basketball. In the realm of college athletics/academia UNC is one of the worst examples of how athletics has corrupted academic departments and officials.
alone compete in intercollegiate athletics.
The problem there was not limited to basketball, or even strictly to sports. The NCAA definitely should have hammered them, hard, but so should have every academic organization they're apart of as well.