Former Penn State players, coaches announce endorsement of lawsuit against NCAA

From CDT staff reportsJune 17, 2013 

  • Lawsuit supporters

    The following players and coaches support the May 30 lawsuit challenging the NCAA sanctions against Penn State.

    1950s

    •  Robert Belus

    •  Frank Della Penna

    •  Charles “Chick” King

    •  Ron Markiewicz

    •  Fran “Bucky” Paolone

    •  Don Ryan

    •  John “Jack” Urban

    1960s

    •  Dick Anderson

    •  Steve Bezna

    •  Bob Capretto

    •  Jack Curry

    •  Alan Delmonaco

    •  Gerry Farkas

    •  Chuck Franzetta

    •  Ed Gabirel

    •  Tony Gebicki

    •  James Graham

    •  Warren Hartenstine

    •  Michael Irwin

    •  Robert Kline

    •  George Kulka

    •  John Kulka

    •  Jon Lang

    •  Ed Lenda

    •  Linc Lincoln Lippincott

    •  Jim Litterelle

    •  Thomas Mairs

    •  James McCormick

    •  Thomas McGrath

    •  Dave McNaughton

    •  Donald Miller

    •  Hank Oppermann

    •  Bill Rettig

    •  Dave Rowe

    •  Ted Sebastianelli

    •  Gary Shaffer

    •  Steve Smear

    •  Dave Truitt

    •  Frank Waresak

    •  Chris Weber

    1970s

    •  Walt Addie

    •  Russell Albert

    •  Kurt Allerman

    •  Ferris Atty

    •  Jeff Behm

    •  David Bland

    •  Jeff H. Bleamer

    •  Jim Bradley

    •  Tom Bradley

    •  Richard M. Brown

    •  Chuck Burkhart

    •  John W. Bush

    •  Greg Buttle

    •  Robert Campbell

    •  Michael Cappelletti

    •  Richard F. Caravella

    •  Joseph V. Carlozo

    •  Charles Chiampi

    •  Thomas Greg Christian

    •  Craig Coder

    •  Ron Coder

    •  Mike Conforto

    •  F. Len Consalvo

    •  Bill Crummy

    •  Steven A. Davis

    •  Chris Devlin

    •  Joe Diange

    •  Thomas F. Donchez

    •  Rocco English

    •  Scott Fitzkee

    •  Chuck Fusina

    •  Paul Gabel

    •  Steve Geise

    •  Doneal Gersh

    •  Bill Glennon

    •  Tony Gordon

    •  David F. Graf

    •  Mike Guman

    •  Brian Hand

    •  Franco Harris

    •  Scott Hettinger

    •  Ron Hileman

    •  Ron Hostetler

    •  Thomas M. Hull

    •  Neil Hutton

    •  David W. Klock

    •  Bob Knechtel

    •  Richard A. Knechtel

    •  Joe Lally

    •  Philip F. LaPorta

    •  John R. Lewchenko

    •  Larry J. Ludwig

    •  Mark J. Markovich

    •  Brian Masella

    •  Rich Mauti

    •  Richard McClure

    •  Lance Mehl

    •  D. Scott Mitchell

    •  Guy Montecalvo

    •  Robert Nagle

    •  Daniel F. Natale

    •  Richard N. Nichols

    •  Thomas Odell

    •  Michael A. Orsini M.D.

    •  Woody Petchel Jr.

    •  Carlos Quirch

    •  Tom Rafferty

    •  Joel Ramich

    •  John M. Reihner

    •  Paul Renaud

    •  Robert Rickenbach

    •  James E. Rosecrans

    •  George SanFilippo

    •  Carl Schaukowitch

    •  Bernard Shalvey

    •  Tom L. Shoemaker

    •  Micky Shuler Sr.

    •  Tom Shuman

    •  John Skorupan

    •  Steven E. Stilley

    •  Donald P. Tarosky

    •  Raymond Tesner

    •  Gary R. Tyler

    •  Alberto Vitiello

    •  Marshall Wagner

    •  Dan Wallace

    •  Alex Wasilov

    •  Franklin “Frog” Williams

    •  John Williams

    •  Thomas J. Williams

    •  Charles Wilson

    1980s

    •  Roger Alexander

    •  Michael Arnold

    •  Walker Lee Ashley

    •  Mark Battaglia

    •  Trey Bauer

    •  Jeff Bergstrom

    •  Todd Blackledge

    •  Scott Bouslough

    •  Kirk Bowman

    •  Don Brinsky

    •  Tim Bronish

    •  Keith Brown

    •  Jeff Brunie

    •  Jeff Butya

    •  Drew Bycoskie

    •  Mark Cherewka

    •  Chris Clauss

    •  Joel Coles

    •  Bill Contz

    •  Tom Couch

    •  Troy Cromwell

    •  Peter Curkendall

    •  Rich D’Amico

    •  John DePasqua

    •  Dwayne Downing

    •  Michael Dunlay

    •  Thomas Durant

    •  Eric Etze

    •  Craig Fiedler

    •  Tim Freeman

    •  Mark Fruehan

    •  Brennan Gaertner

    •  Mark Galimberti

    •  Mike Garrett

    •  Gene Gladys

    •  Scott Gob

    •  Nick Haden

    •  Lance Hamilton

    •  Albert Harris

    •  Greg Hay

    •  Stu Helgeson

    •  Joseph Hines

    •  John Hornyak

    •  Randy Huttenberger

    •  Timothy Janocko

    •  Joe Johns

    •  Eddie Johnson

    •  Greg Jones

    •  Keith Karpinski

    •  Ken Kelley

    •  Matt Knizner

    •  Rich Kuzy

    •  Massimo Manca

    •  Kirk Martin

    •  Carmen Masciantonio

    •  Brian McCann

    •  Matt McCartin

    •  Donald Jay McCormick

    •  Shawn McNamara

    •  Mike Meade

    •  Rob Mikulski

    •  Dan Morgan

    •  Bob Ontko

    •  Aoatoa Polamalu

    •  Bobby Polito

    •  Ed Pryts

    •  Scott Radecic

    •  Terry Rakowski

    •  Kevin Romango

    •  Dwayne Rush

    •  Michael Russo

    •  Rich Schonewolf

    •  John Shaffer

    •  Brian Siverling

    •  Patrick Slater

    •  Rob Smith

    •  Pete Speros

    •  Joseph Strycharz

    •  Mike Suter

    •  Tim Sweeney

    •  John Walsh

    •  Darryl Washington

    •  Steve Wisniewski

    •  Jeff Woofter

    1990s

    •  Jeff Anderson

    •  John Andress

    •  Steve Babinchak

    •  Michael Barninger

    •  Tom Bill

    •  Dave Brzenchek

    •  Mike Carroll

    •  Robert Ceh

    •  Kerry Collins

    •  Brett Conway

    •  Bob Daman

    •  Maurice Daniels

    •  Daniel Drogan

    •  Adam Fahrer

    •  Douglas Farren

    •  Gerald Filardi

    •  Derek Fox

    •  Reggie Givens

    •  Rudolph Glocker

    •  Ryan Grube

    •  Shelly Hammonds

    •  Jeff Hartings

    •  Leonard Humphries

    •  Greg Huntington

    •  Chad Linnon

    •  Rob Luedeke

    •  Mike Malinoski

    •  Joe Markiewicz

    •  Christian Marrone

    •  Tony Matesic

    •  O.J. McDuffie

    •  Tom Molnar

    •  Joe Nastasi

    •  Kevin O’Keefe

    •  Brian O’Neal

    •  Brandon Palmer

    •  Ryan Seese

    •  Brandon Short

    •  Dave Smith

    •  Terry Smith

    •  Vincent Stewart

    2000s

    •  Lance Antolick

    •  Jason Bisson

    •  Mike Blosser

    •  Jeremy Boone

    •  James Boyd

    •  Brian Brozeski

    •  Dorian Burton

    •  Gino Capone

    •  Daryll Clark

    •  Brennan Coakley

    •  Dan Corrado

    •  Jeremiah Davis

    •  Steven Delich

    •  Larry Federoff

    •  Gus Felder

    •  Shamar Finney

    •  Eric Flohr

    •  Joshua Gaines

    •  Phil Gardill

    •  Nathan Glunt

    •  Ryan Gmerek

    •  Tom Golarz

    •  Andrew Guman

    •  Benjamin Gummo

    •  Joe Hartings

    •  Erik Holt

    •  Tom Humphrey

    •  Justin Ingram

    •  Joe Iorio

    •  Cedric Jeffries

    •  Bryant Johnson

    •  Michael Johnson

    •  Bobby Jones

    •  Jim Kanuch

    •  Brad Karson

    •  Ben Lago

    •  Kevion Latham

    •  Tyler Lenda

    •  Mike Lukac

    •  Jordan Lyons

    •  Nick Marmo

    •  Shawn Mayer

    •  Anthony Morelli

    •  Jordan Norwood

    •  Anwar Phillips

    •  Andrew Pitz

    •  Paul Posluszny

    •  Curt Reese

    •  Matthew Rice

    •  David Royer

    •  Bryan Scott

    •  Ryan Scott

    •  A.Q. Shipley

    •  Mickey Shuler

    •  Jonathan Stewart

    •  Nick Sukay

    •  Tyler Valoczki

    •  Casey Williams

    •  Thomas Williams

    •  Michael Yancich

    •  Alan Zemaitis

    Coaches and staff

    •  Dick Anderson

    •  John Bove

    •  Booker Brooks

    •  Craig Cirbus

    •  Don Carlino

    •  Raymond J. Horan

    •  George Salvaterra

More than 325 former Penn State football players and coaches spanning six decades are voicing their support for a May 30 lawsuit aimed at ending the NCAA sanctions against the university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

In a letter sent Monday by letterman Brian Masella, the players and coaches have signed a statement backing the lawsuit that wants a judge to void the sanctions that include a $60 million fine, a bowl ban and scholarship reductions.

The lawsuit’s plaintiffs include the family of the late Joe Paterno as well as some trustees, faculty members, former coaches and former players. They say the NCAA ignored its own rules when it levied the penalties against Penn State after former FBI director Louis Freeh’s investigation.

“Joe Paterno and the entire Penn State football program have been used as scapegoats in this horrible tragedy,” Masella said in the letter. “When the NCAA neglected to conduct their own investigation, and used the flawed Freeh Report as the judge and jury, they further prevented an opportunity to get to the real truth, and in turn, punished a generation of Penn State players, students, and supporters who had nothing whatsoever to do with Jerry Sandusky.”

The names of supporters include Todd Blackledge, O.J. McDuffie, Kerry Collins, Franco Harris and Paul Posluszny.

Below is the statement from the Penn State players and coaches:

“On May 30, 2013, twenty people — including five Penn State Trustees, four faculty members, two former coaches, and nine former student-athletes, filed a lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State.

“On the same day, the plaintiffs sent the former Penn State football players a letter explaining their rationale for taking legal action. The letter notes that the plaintiffs intend to fight for Penn State’s honor and that they hope the former student-athletes “will be supportive of these efforts”.

“We, the undersigned, indeed support the plaintiffs’ action in launching their suit.

“Like them, we reject the NCAA’s assertion that a ‘culture of reverence for the football program’ allowed Jerry Sandusky’s crimes to occur. We agree with the plaintiffs that the Freeh Report, which formed the foundation for the sanctions — was fundamentally flawed.

“We stand with our nine brother Lettermen and the other eleven Penn Staters in demanding ‘fairness, due process, truth, and a just outcome.’ Everyone — Sandusky’s victims, Penn Staters, and the public at large — deserves to know the complete truth.”

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