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With Pennsylvania’s crumbling infrastructure, underfunded public school districts in urban areas, or the privatization of the best lottery system in the country all being leading candidates for “priority agenda issues” for 2013, Governor Corbett – the man who is responsible for firing Joe Paterno – has gone into self-preservation mode by suing the NCAA for sanctions against Penn State University – a move that the university does not even support.  Some of us can make a point that the Governor’s lawsuit against the NCAA’s sanctions on the Penn State football program violate some sort of anti-trust agreement, but his actions are nothing more than a gimick to salvage votes from Penn State Alumni and – more importantly – to deflect attention away from a scandal he had a role in creating.

Earlier this morning, our dearest governor made an appearance on CNN confirming that he waited to sue the NCAA until after the football season so those playing football or associated with the program wouldn’t be distracted.  As you will see in the video below, Governor Corbett has decided to take a “thanks but no thanks” approach to the NCAA sanctions when he originally supported the punishments last summer, but since then there has been an obvious change of heart, which is not supported by the university.  In the video, the governor explained that the NCAA didn’t go through the regular process when it came down to handing out the punishment, but the governor and those at Penn State should be thankful that the program didn’t get the “death penalty.”

The reasons that the governor is suing the NCAA is pretty obvious.  The governor wants to polish his unpopular statewide image by any means necessary, even if it means exploiting a scandal that he help set in motion.  As we have reported, the governor had received close to $650,000 in political bribes from Second Mile board members when he was campaigning for governor in 2009, which was the time when he was originally given the Jerry Sandusky case.  With this exploitative and callous decision, one can only hope that newly elected Attorney General Kathleen Kane will keep to her promise and investigate Governor Corbett for his role in this case.

Originally posted to S Kitchen on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:48 PM PST.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania.

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  •  Even this CYA maneuver won't save him from the (8+ / 0-)

    wrath of the people in State College.  Too little too late.  He has cut funding for education and infrastructure while handing out tax incentives for corporations to frack the entire state.  He has been terrible to the point of incompetence.  As a PA. resident I will NEVER vote for him, even if the Democratic candidate is comatose!

  •  In addition to Kane, another Pa. Democratic woman, (5+ / 0-)

    Allyson Schwartz, may uncerimoniously see him out of the governor's mansion in less then two years.

    Delenda est filibuster!

    by TofG on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:03:39 PM PST

  •  There have been a handful of earlier diaries (3+ / 0-)
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    on this topic.

    I think the Gov is doing the right thing. I have always thought that the NCAA overstepped its charter with the fines. Those remedies are for the civil and criminal courts to determine, not the NCAA. I hope he wins and the NCAA fines are rescinded. The state and the university will need the money for the civil lawsuits.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:03:45 PM PST

    •  Because hey, who cares about the kids. And (1+ / 0-)
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      Separately, what other membership organization does NOT have the right to discipline or kick out members?

      This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

      by AllisonInSeattle on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:41:09 PM PST

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      •  Allison - I certainly didn't make that case (0+ / 0-)

        In my view the NCAA has the right to reduce scholarships, prohibit post season play, bar certain individuals from coaching at NCAA schools to name a few. Very specifically my point was they have no authority to impose fines on a school where there are active civil and criminal cases in process to provide remedies for the wrongful acts. They overstepped the authority of the NCAA charter by imposing fines.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:09:20 PM PST

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      •  Sorry, but this is nonsense. (1+ / 0-)
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        And this line of argument was nonsense when the scandal broke. But plain and simple, this case is completely outside the purview of the NCAA. Sure, they don't think so, but that's hardly a compelling argument.

        The NCAA's discipline mandate covers two areas - amateurism and competitive advantage.

        The NCAA's action was wholly without merit, and had Penn State decided to sue when the penalties were handed down, it's likely they would have lost this case in a huge way.

        It's an unpopular opinion, but it's the right one. Penn State was (and is) going to get taken to the woodshed in the court of law - which is the proper venue for this case. The NCAA's involving itself amounts to either grandstanding or a preemptive attempt to avoid scrutiny from an overzealous congresscritter during an election year.

        Asking "what about the kids" is an appeal to our visceral side, and is in no way a valid response to the argument that this was not in any way, shape, or form, a matter for the NCAA to be involved with.

        The NCAA opened itself up to a lawsuit bigtime - while I'm sure that Penn State accepted the penalties in an effort to make this "go away" - Corbett is right to sue.

        The NCAA engaged in the most egregious case of overreach I have ever seen in this case. Penn State will get what is coming to it - because the wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they grind surely.

        Because this community is worth staying and fighting for.

        by Great Lakes Liberal on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:25:22 PM PST

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    •  See Tarkanian v. NCAA (0+ / 0-)

      Due Process and other legal remedies don't apply to the exclusively private NCAA. Moreover, the governor serves on the Board of Trustees for PSU. I don't recall him objecting when PSU agreed to the sanctions.

      Now, if somehow Corbett wins, would the NCAA reinstitute the death penalty which would have been administered to PSU HAD the university declined to agree to the sanctions.

  •  He is being criticized and questioned by the PA (9+ / 0-)

    media and others for filing this lawsuit right before Kathleen Kane is sworn into office as the new AG. We think it is because she promised to investigate Corbett's role in the Sandusky matter. She is wondering why it took him more than 2 years to arrest Sandusky and to turn over the investigation to a new AG when he became Governor. She fears, as do a lot of us , that Corbett could have arrested Sandusky and had enough evidence to arrest him in 2009 and waited. We suspect, if this is true, that he sat on this investigation in order to keep the donations and endorsements coming from Penn State Alum and Joe Paterno. Joe was a strong Republican who endorsed Corbett and donated heavily to his campaign as did his son, Scott Paterno.  ( Jay Paterno is a Democrat but some of Joe;s other kids and his wife are Republican donors and supporters ).,..as are some of his former players and coaches.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:09:09 PM PST

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