As the page was turned to 2013, and Penn State fans looked forward to what we all hoped to be a much happier year, the ghosts of 2012 again reared their heads. As was first reported Tuesday morning by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is expected to file a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court Wednesday morning, challenging the NCAA’s sanctions against the Penn State football program. Specifics regarding the nature of the lawsuit have not been made public, but Thamel’s report indicated that Corbett will be challenging more than just the distribution of the $60 million fine. The disbursement of that fine money has been the subject of debate within the Pennsylvania State Legislature recently. There has been no indication that Penn State has any involvement with this action. Ironically, Corbett will still be announcing the lawsuit on campus at PSU’s Nittany Lion Inn.
It will be interesting to see where this goes, if for no other reason than public enemies #1, and 1A for a number of Penn State fans and supporters, Corbett and NCAA President Mark Emmert, will become the faces of this new round of fallout from the Sandusky Scandal. The NCAA has yet to comment, and Corbett’s office has only said they will address the “illegal sanctions”.
All of this comes at a unique time for Penn State, as they attempt to build off the positive momentum from this past season. Not only will any legal action bring the University back into media spotlight, despite their lack of direct involvement in the suit, but this also comes as rumors swirl about the future of Bill O’Brien. Numerous reports have O’Brien as a candidate for several of the 7 current NFL openings, although there has yet to be any indication O’Brien has interviewed, or intends to.
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