HARRISBURG - A state senator sued the NCAA on Friday over its use of the $60 million fine that Pennsylvania State University is paying for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal, two days after the governor filed an antitrust lawsuit against the organization.
Jake Corman (R., Centre), who represents the area where Penn State's campus is located and chairs the Appropriations Committee, contends that the NCAA's plans to spend the $60 million are an illegal violation of his oversight role on state government spending.
"Even though the NCAA intends to wrest such a large sum of Pennsylvania public funds, it has refused to submit to any control by Pennsylvania elected officials and refused to commit more than 25 percent of those public funds to Pennsylvania causes," Corman's lawsuit said.
Budget figures show the state contributed $214 million this year to Penn State's $4.3 billion budget.
NCAA spokeswoman Emily Potter declined to comment on Corman's suit.
On Wednesday, Gov. Corbett sued in federal court in an effort to have all of the Sandusky-related NCAA penalties thrown out, including the $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, and a reduction in football scholarships. The NCAA called that action meritless.
Friday also featured further legal maneuvering by a pair of Penn State administrators accused of covering up abuse allegations against Sandusky and an order restricting the use of electronic devices at a hearing next week in Sandusky's criminal case.
The county court filings by former Penn State administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley focus on the actions of Cynthia Baldwin, Penn State's former chief counsel. The pair of filings further explore their previously stated claim that their rights were violated when Baldwin accompanied them to grand jury appearances two years ago.
At issue is whether Baldwin was acting as their lawyer or solely on behalf of the university.
Curley is on leave to serve out the last year of his contract as athletic director, while Schultz has retired as the school's vice president for business and finance.
Judge John Cleland's ruling regarding electronics was justified, he wrote, because a "disheartening number of reporters" violated his order that no communications be made from inside the courtroom during Sandusky's sentencing in October.
The post-sentencing motions hearing Thursday in Bellefonte centers on a claim by Sandusky that his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare for trial. Cleland has issued a transportation order so Sandusky can attend.
Sandusky, who spent decades as an assistant football coach under Joe Paterno, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted in June of 45 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys. He maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals.