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http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8800479/pennsylvania-gov-tom-corbett-sue-ncaa-penn-state-sanctions

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

The Republican governor scheduled a Wednesday news conference on the Penn State campus in State College to announce the filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts in his child sex abuse trial. ESPN.com Topics has full coverage of the trial and the verdict.

A person associated with the university and knowledgeable about the matter, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the lawsuit had not been filed, told The Associated Press that it is an antitrust action.

The NCAA sanctions, which were agreed to by the university in July, included a $60 million fine that would be used nationally to finance child abuse prevention grants. The sanctions also included a four-year bowl game ban for the university's marquee football program, reduced football scholarships and the forfeiture of 112 wins but didn't include a suspension of the football program, the so-called death penalty.

The governor's office announced the news conference late Tuesday afternoon. His spokesman did not respond to repeated calls and emails seeking to confirm a Sports Illustrated story that cited anonymous sources saying a lawsuit was imminent.

Corbett's brief statement did not indicate whether his office coordinated its legal strategy with state Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, who is scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 15.

Kane, a Democrat, ran on a vow to investigate why it took state prosecutors nearly three years to charge Sandusky, an assistant under former football coach Joe Paterno. Corbett was the attorney general when that office took over the case in early 2009 and until he became governor in January 2011.

State and congressional lawmakers from Pennsylvania have objected to using the Penn State fine to finance activities in other states. Penn State has already made the first $12 million payment, and an NCAA task force is deciding how it should be spent.

The NCAA, which declined to comment Tuesday on the planned lawsuit, has said at least a quarter of the money would be spent in Pennsylvania.

Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent called that an "unacceptable and unsatisfactory" response by the NCAA to a request from the state's U.S. House delegation that the whole $60 million be distributed to causes within the state.

Last week, state Sen. Jake Corman, a Republican whose district includes Penn State's main campus, said he plans to seek court action barring any of the first $12 million from being released to groups outside the state.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted in June on charges he sexually abused 10 boys, some on Penn State's campus. He's serving a 30- to 60-year state prison term.

Eight young men testified against him, describing a range of abuse they said went from grooming and manipulation to fondling, oral sex and anal rape when they were boys.

Sandusky did not testify at his trial but has maintained his innocence, acknowledging he showered with boys but insisting he never molested them.

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I don't understand how you make the connection that an entire US state condones child molestation from a story about its governor filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA.

I'll be very interested to read the complaint and see the legal theories for recovery.

Am I exaggerating it? Yes. But if you hear many from PSU and you see that ridiculous Governor press conference, they feel they are the victims. Very little if any regards to the true victims. The kids.

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Am I exaggerating it? Yes. But if you hear many from PSU and you see that ridiculous Governor press conference, they feel they are the victims. Very little if any regards to the true victims. The kids.

I agree, but if I'm reading it correctly, they aren't arguing the fine or the sanctions, but rather the distribution of the funds.

Bottom line, the university f'd up big time and should have no say in the matter.

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The way I read it the State of Pennsylvania wants to ensure that the money they pay in fines stays in state. Not unreasonable if you ask me.

Yup, they want the money kept in state. If anything, that says they are serious about ending child abuse and want that effort focused in their state.

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Penn State broke no NCAA rules. This was a criminal matter and was addressed as such. The NCAA stuck its nose where it didn't belong. Penn State was also not granted any hearing process or appeals process, as is supposed to be the norm.

Penn St. accepted the penalty. End of story.

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Penn State broke no NCAA rules. This was a criminal matter and was addressed as such. The NCAA stuck its nose where it didn't belong. Penn State was also not granted any hearing process or appeals process, as is supposed to be the norm.

Someone correct me if I am wrong. But PSUniversity Leaders lied, covered up, and grossly mishandled what was a criminal matter IN ORDER to protect the self-interests of the University, AND their selfish selves. I think that not only should they receive the sanctions handed down, but the University itself should come under some kind of sanctions, perhaps even accreditation-wise. Think about it: What does the University CLAIM to stand for? And what did the University in fact cover up?

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Someone correct me if I am wrong. But PSUniversity Leaders lied, covered up, and grossly mishandled what was a criminal matter IN ORDER to protect the self-interests of the University, AND their selfish selves. I think that not only should they receive the sanctions handed down, but the University itself should come under some kind of sanctions, perhaps even accreditation-wise. Think about it: What does the University CLAIM to stand for? And what did the University in fact cover up?

I agree. How many kids could have been spared had PSU not been so greedy? It's just disgusting.

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I agree. How many kids could have been spared had PSU not been so greedy? It's just disgusting.

Hey Turkey! How are you?

After thinking some more, I started feeling like maybe I responded to quickly, out of anger.

Was so expecting to get blasted by someone.

I know other more important parts of the University have and are still carrying out their humane missions, so I don’t necessarily want to see them hurt because of the actions of football-loving fools elsewhere.

Still though, I so agree with the $60 million thing imposed on the school.

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