Five Congressmen to NCAA President Mark Emmert: Tear Down These Sanctions

By D.J. Byrnes on July 30, 2014 at 11:18 am
Photo by Ben Stanfield

The NCAA eased some of their sanctions against Penn State last September on account of Penn State's commitment to not covering up systemic child abuse.

For five congressmen, however, that's not enough.


Five Pennsylvania Congressmen sent a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert asking that the organization remove the remaining recruiting restrictions and to erase a $60 million fine against Penn State, punishment that was levied in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

One of the five, U.S. Rep. Charles Dent, R-Lehigh County, told that he'd like to see the last two years of a four-year bowl ban lifted, too.

"The impact of these sanctions directly contradicts your organization's supposed goal of promoting education for student-athletes," the letter said, in part. It also said the sanctions hurt "innocent student-athletes who had nothing to do with Jerry Sandusky's unspeakable crimes."

The student-athletes were given a pass to leave, and their education is still being paid. They're also not the ones on the hook for $60 million.

Good try, good effort, Pennsylvania congressmen.  

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