Penn State Updates: NCAA fights new law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The head of the NCAA says the organization’s need to enforce its own rules is part of the reason it sued over a new Pennsylvania law designed to keep the $60 million Penn State fine over the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the state.

 

NCAA President Mark Emmert says Wednesday that it’s important that the NCAA’s members abide by its rules. He says college sports will be “dramatically altered” if other entities are responsible for deciding what penalties are appropriate.

 

The NCAA sued Gov. Tom Corbett and state officials Wednesday, saying a law enacted earlier in the day wasn’t constitutional. Corbett’s office says the law is “the right thing to do.” State and congressional lawmakers have objected to use of the NCAA fine to finance child-abuse prevention efforts in other states.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The NCAA disagrees with two Pennsylvania congressmen who say that taking some football scholarships away from Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal unfairly punishes innocent student-athletes.

 

Reps. Charlie Dent and Glenn Thompson on Wednesday released the NCAA’s response to their request. They say that NCAA president Mark Emmert is “stonewalling” following their request to restore scholarships. Emmert in the letter wrote that no Penn State athlete lost a scholarship, and that each athlete remains eligible for a scholarship at Penn State or another school.

 

The letter also said Emmert couldn’t discuss the scholarship reductions further because the sanctions are subject of a pending litigation. The congressmen say the reductions were punitive partly because of a “lack of appropriate administrative procedures” by the NCAA in levying sanctions.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State has selected executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to help the school find a replacement for university president Rodney Erickson. School leaders have said they would like to settle on Erickson’s successor by year’s end. He plans to retire by June 2014, when his contract expires.

 

Isaacson, Miller was chosen from a pool of five candidates. It has conducted presidential searches for institutions including Dartmouth, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania. Trustee presidential selection council chair Karen Peetz said one of the firm’s first priorities will be reaching out to various university stakeholders through public meetings, surveys, and focus groups.

 

Erickson took over on November 2011 from Graham Spanier, who departed as president under pressure days after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges.