Paterno Lawsuit Against NCAA Moves Forward

The bowl ban is lifted at Penn State, and so are reduced scholarships, but Joe Paterno’s family is still pursuing a lawsuit against the NCAA, challenging the process that led to the now-mostly lifted sanctions imposed after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The Morning Call reports a judge decided Thursday to let the lawsuit proceeed — but ordered that a number of co-plaintiffs, including some members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, be removed from the case.
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WATCH: Penn State Kids Chant for Return of Joe Paterno Statue

Yesterday, the NCAA announced it had lifted Penn State’s sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The Nittany Lions — now 2-0 this season after wins in State College and, um, Dublin — would be returned to their full set of scholarships, and were immediately eligible for the postseason.

Via Onward State comes this video of Penn State students’ impromptu celebration rally last night, which included the students chanting “Where’s the statue?” outside of Old Main.

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NCAA Restores Penn State to Full Scholarships, Bowl Eligibility

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Well. Let’s see what this does for civility in the Penn State community.

The NCAA announced Monday afternoon it is ending two major punishments of the university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal: Penn State’s bowl eligibility is being restored immediately — meaning it missed only two of the four bowl seasons it was originally penalized. Full scholarships will be restored to the team for the 2015-16 school year, a season earlier than the original penalty envisioned.
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Trial Will Challenge NCAA’s Sandusky Penalty

If you hate the NCAA’s punishment of Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, next year may be the year for you: AP reports that a lawsuit challenging those punishments will be heard at trial after the turn of the year.

Last month, Commonwealth Court required that Penn State be made a party to the lawsuit and indicated the court needed more information about whether the university and NCAA acted legally when they entered into the consent decree.

Penn State filed an answer in the case a month ago that said described the consent decree as “an obligation with which the university has fully complied and is fully committed to continue to comply.”

The lawsuit seeks to enforce a law passed last year that requires the fine to be spent on battling child abuse within Pennsylvania.

Sandusky is serving a “decades-long” prison sentence for molesting boys in his career at Penn State and at his charity, Second Mile.

Let Penn State’s Punishment Stand

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Suddenly, Penn State football fans have some hope. Maybe, just maybe, they’re going to get their bowl games back. Maybe, just maybe, Saturdays in Happy Valley will have some luster restored. Maybe, just maybe, the dark shadow of Jerry Sandusky will begin to recede.

Maybe. But I hope not.

Everything hinges on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, which last week announced it was prepared to examine the sanctions imposed by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky affair. In a case over how the $60 million fine paid by Penn State could be used, Judge Anne Covey said the rest of the punishment — the bowl ban; the deletion of Joe Paterno from the record books — could also be under review.

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There Is No Reason “Amateur” Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid

Kentucky's Marcus Lee, left, and Michigan's Jordan Morgan go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional final college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Photo | Michael Conroy, Associated Press

Kentucky’s Marcus Lee, left, and Michigan’s Jordan Morgan go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional final college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Photo | Michael Conroy, Associated Press

Like Kurtis Blow, basketball is my favorite sport. I, too, like the way they dribble up and down the court.

Basketball’s a sport I enjoy at every level. I love the NFL, but I don’t care much for college football. Minor league baseball is even more boring than major league baseball. But I could watch pretty much every level of basketball: High-level NBA games on TV. Big 5 games at the Palestra. High school games in crumbling Philly gyms. Pick-up games on 10th Street. Little kid games at halftime of the Sixers. Everything is great!

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Vegas: Villanova Tied for 11th Best Odds of Going All the Way

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The Wynn Race and Sports book in Las Vegas has released the betting lines for the first two rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament.

On Thursday, in the second round of the East Regional in New York, Villanova is a 17-point favorite to beat the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If the Wildcats win, they could play the Hawks of St. Joe’s in a championship version of the Holy War. However, St. Joe’s is a four-point underdog against the University of Connecticut.

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Notre Dame’s Hypocrisy Fits Well With NCAA System

Eddie Vanderdoes might some day become a standout football player for UCLA, but last week he learned that there is one opponent he’ll never overcome.

The NC2A.

For those of you who don’t know the story, Vanderdoes is a 6-foot-3, 310-pound, five-star defensive tackle from outside of Sacramento, who signed a letter-of-intent to play for ND in February, then changed his mind last week and decided to play for UCLA, in order to be closer to his family. Granted, this is a big blow to the Irish, since Vanderdoes is considered a marauding defensive force, but ND’s tactics are spiteful and sadly consistent with today’s college sports climate created by the NC2A. Read more »

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