Penn State Scandal: Joe Paterno's Family Files Appeal To NCAA For School Sanctions

The Penn State scandal refuses to go away, even weeks after the NCAA handed down severe sanctions to the Nittany Lions' football program in the wake of the Jerry Sanduski sex scandal and subsequent coverup. In an unprecedented move on Friday afternoon, the family of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno appealed the sanctions the NCAA place upon the school.

The appeal is based on Paterno as an "involved individual" after the coach was named in the NCAA consent decree and the Freeh report.

Here's the opening paragraph of the letter, which can be found in its entirety at Onward State.

On behalf of my clients, the Paterno family, who are the living representatives of Joseph V. Paterno and his estate, we file this notice of intent to appeal the NCAA’s consent decree entered against The Pennsylvania State University. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 32.10.1, the Paterno Family notes that the consent decree was publicly released on July 23, 2012. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaws 32.1.5 and 32.10.1.2, Mr. Paterno qualifies as an involved individual because he is named in the NCAA’s consent decree as well as the Freeh report, which provided the alleged factual basis for the consent decree. Finally, pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 32.10.1, the Paterno family requests the opportunity to submit its appeal in writing, and it requests an in-person oral argument before the Infractions Appeals Committee.

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