A state Senator from Centre County, whose district includes Penn State University, has introduced a bill in Harrisburg that would require the money from fines assessed against state-supported colleges and universities to be used for programs inside Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, other lawmakers from the state have spoken out against the recent sanctions against Penn State and the explanations by the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning the use of the $60 million fines levied against the school.
Senator Jake Corman’s legislation follows the levying of the hefty fine by the NCAA against Penn State for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse allegations. Sandusky has been sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of ten boys.
The NCAA has stated that “at least 25 percent” of the fine money would be spent in Pennsylvania. Penn State has already made the first of five $12 million dollar payments on the fine. That money remains in an escrow account. Corman says he plans to ask a court to prevent the money from being used outside the state.
Corman’s bill would apply to all state-supported colleges and universities that enter into consent decrees involving fines of at least $10 million.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said Thursday the NCAA has overstepped its authority, and called the fine and its accompanying forfeitures of wins, scholarships and bowl game eligibility “harsh, unjustified and unprecedented punishment.” Corbett’s statements came about a week after Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent called NCAA president Mark Emmert’s handling of the matter “unacceptable and unsatisfactory.”