NCAA Disputes Pa. Congressmen On PSU Scholarships
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The NCAA disagrees with two Pennsylvania congressmen who say that taking some football scholarships away from Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal unfairly punishes innocent studentathletes.
Reps. Charlie Dent and Glenn Thompson on Wednesday released the NCAA’s response to their request. They say that NCAA president Mark Emmert is “stonewalling” following their request to restore scholarships.
Emmert in the letter wrote that no Penn State athlete lost a scholarship, and that each athlete remains eligible for a scholarship at Penn State or another school.
The letter also said Emmert couldn’t discuss the scholarship reductions further because the sanctions are subject of a pending litigation.
The congressmen say the reductions were punitive partly because of a “lack of appropriate administrative procedures” by the NCAA in levying sanctions.