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Penn State Trustees Appeal NCAA Sanctions

A member of the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees filed an appeal on Monday of the NCAA’s recent sanctions against the university stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal. According to ESPN, the filing, which was joined by three other board members, is a precursor to a federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate the penalties, as the trustees expect the NCAA to reject the appeal on the grounds that Penn State’s president, Rodney A. Erickson, agreed to the sanctions. The trustees assert that his acceptance of the penalties, which include $60-million in fines and a four-year bowl ban, was legally “null and void” without the board’s approval. The appeal also says that Penn State did not receive due process in the NCAA’s assessment of penalties and that the punishment is “excessive and unreasonable.”

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