State Sen. Jake Corman thinks it would be a mistake for the NCAA to send any money from Penn State’s $60 million fine outside the state, the senator penned in a letter to the NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday.
“I write to advocate that the entirety of this $60 million fine (and not just a portion) be allocated and disseminated in-state to exclusively Pennsylvania entities, organizations and programs aimed at the detected, prevention, and treatment of child abuse,” Corman, R-Benner Township, wrote.
Corman, a Penn State graduate, said the fine is the NCAA’s judgment that the university should be held accountable for the abuse against victims. The victims in the Jerry Sandusky case were from Centre, Clinton, Clearfield and Mifflin counties.
“Following that logic, it seems perfectly reasonable that the fine collected would be distributed to Pennsylvania charities and other worthwhile causes,” wrote Corman, the chairman of the Senate’s appropriations committee, who said the issue is a priority of his.
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Corman said he would travel to Indianapolis, where the NCAA is based, to meet with Emmert and discuss how he thinks the money should be distributed.
Corman gave Emmert 10 days to get back to him.
Local officials have said they think the money should stay inside Pennsylvania to help in advocacy and prevention.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller has said she would like to see money from the fine be used to start children advocacy centers, which are places where child victims or witnesses to crimes are interviewed by experts with a goal of minimizing further trauma. A center here is in the works.
Centre County Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Anne Ard has said the money would go along way to support prevention services, which are underfunded.
The fine was among the punishments doled out to Penn State after the release of the Freeh report this summer, which also included a post-season bowl ban for the football team, a reduction in football scholarships and vacating 112 wins for the Nittany Lions from 1998 to 2011.
The university will loan the athletic department the money, which will be paid back over 30 years.