(Harrisburg) – Senator Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) declared victory today, announcing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has agreed to repeal the Consent Decree with Penn State University, marking the end of all punitive sanctions on Penn State.
“This is a win,” said Corman. “The NCAA has surrendered. The agreement we have reached represents a complete victory in the issue at hand – the Consent Decree is voided; money will be dedicated to help victims of child abuse in PA; and sworn testimony was given by key figures during depositions in the case. This validates our position that the rush to judgment against the Penn State Community was wrong, damaged uninvolved parties, and disregards our values of due process. As we progressed through the case, it was clear that the Consent Decree could not stand up to the legal challenge.”
The first four installments totaling $48 million from Penn State will be deposited into the state Treasury and dispersed in Pennsylvania according to the Endowment Act to assist victims of child sexual abuse and prevent child sexual abuse.
“The money Penn State has pledged through this process will assist greatly in the battle against child sexual abuse,” said Corman. “While the work ahead to identify and stop child sexual abuse in the state is challenging, we are now in a better position to rise to that challenge with today’s action.”
Senator Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord sued the NCAA in January of 2013, asking that the first installment of penalties Penn State was ordered to pay, $12 million, be turned over to the state Treasury. On April 9, 2014, the Court upheld the constitutionality of the Endowment Act. As a consequence of the NCAA citing the Consent Decree to justify its non-compliance with the Endowment Act, the Court ruled that Penn State should become a party in the litigation, and signaled its intent to review the NCAA’s authority to impose the monetary penalty and whether it acted in accordance with its own constitution and bylaws.
“For three years, my community has been rocked by a rush to judgment that many were eager to capitalize upon,” said Corman. “Their actions sought to punish the University and our community, with no thought to the consequences of their lack of leadership. Due process and facts matter. Today’s actions cannot give back the damage done recklessly by the Consent Decree, but it does end it, repeals it, and puts due process back in its proper perspective and focus.”
As more information becomes available, updates will be provided by Senator Corman.
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