Penn State Is Tired of the Bickering Between NCAA and Harrisburg


Penn State asked the NCAA and Pennsylvania government officials to settle litigation over who will control the $60 million the school must pay for child abuse prevention efforts under a consent agreement it signed nearly a year ago.

University attorney Frank Guadagnino wrote to other attorneys Tuesday, saying the school had no desire to get involved in pending state and federal court battles. His four-page letter said Penn State intends to hold onto the first $12 million installment until the NCAA asks for it.

“We note that a settlement of the dispute would permit the funds to be used for their intended purpose in an expeditious manner,” Guadagnino wrote, offering to meet with the parties if they think the university can help settle the matters. The money is designed to aid child sexual abuse prevention and to help its victims.

That $60 million, of course, is the university’s settlement with the NCAA to resolve the Jerry Sandusky case. Pennsylvania lawsmakers want the money to stay in-state; NCAA authorities want a free-er hand to determine how the money is used.