Sports attorney: NCAA's sanctions against Penn State overstep bounds

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Jul 24, 2012 1:27 AM

(Montgomery, AL) -- The unprecedented sanctions the NCAA's handed down against Penn State have many fans and alumni wincing. But one sports attorney says he's concerned about the governing body's lack of authority to make such a call that could cripple the Nittany Lions' football program for years to come. Don Jackson of the Alabama-based Sports Group says the NCAA doesn't have the jurisdiction to fine the university $60 million as well as bar it from post-season bowl games for four years. He says the move seemed like a knee-jerk reaction to show how serious it was about penalizing Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. "Reality of the matter is, if you're looking for the deterrent effect, you have criminal laws all over the country that deter this type of conduct, and it really appeared to be nothing more than a public relations response to show that they were on the job here," he says. Jackson says he would like to see the NCAA modify its rules so it can go after criminal behavior in the future. He adds the sanctions against Penn State seem too severe and would unnecessarily punish current students and football players.

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