State Sen. Jake Corman fired back Friday against the NCAA’s challenge of a freshly signed state law that seeks to keep the $60 million Penn State fine in the commonwealth.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Wednesday the Corman-authored bill that requires Penn State to pay the fine money into an endowment to be used in child sex abuse prevention programs within the state’s borders.
The NCAA filed a federal lawsuit before Corbett’s signature was dry. In the suit, the NCAA argues that the new law violates the Constitution by attempting to disrupt interstate commerce and confiscate funds intended for child sex abuse victims nationwide.
On Friday, Corman said the NCAA’s suit will delay Penn State fine money from reaching programs and services that help child abuse victims.
Corman, R-Benner Township, criticized the NCAA’s interpretation of the new law and suggested that state-related and public universities should call “for a change in the NCAA leadership and operational standards.”
Here is Corman’s full statement:
“The recent NCAA litigation challenging Act 1 will delay the Penn State fine money from positively impacting programs and services that assist child abuse victims in Pennsylvania. In arguing that Pennsylvania has no role in the policy decisions of a state related institution, the NCAA has gone well beyond its bylaws and believes it can operate as an unchecked governing body.
“Act 1 was carefully crafted to not impair the consent decree between Penn State University and the NCAA, and the law is constitutional.
“The NCAA has clearly misrepresented Penn State University as a private institution, as well as the parameters set forth in the consent decree.
“NCAA President Mark Emmert’s statement that Act 1 is nothing more than an attempt to benefit the ‘home team’ is not only inaccurate but also exemplifies the organization’s delusional understanding of the law. Penn State University receives no gain from Act 1 — the only people who will benefit are Pennsylvania’s sexual abuse victims. As the money is being derived from a (c)ommonwealth-supported institution of higher education and being generated by state residents, the fine money should be distributed in Pennsylvania.
“In light of the court challenge and Mark Emmert’s statements, state-related and public universities which are members of the NCAA should call for a change in the NCAA leadership and operational standards. The NCAA federal lawsuit is an unfortunate power grab by the NCAA, who appears to be more concerned with its national reputation than actually using the $60 million for those who need it the most.”