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Only a portion of PSU NCAA fine to go to PA programs

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 21, 2012 4:33 AM

Thumbnail image for NittanyLionStatue.jpg(Harrisburg) -- Only a portion of Penn State's record $60 million NCAA fine in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal will remain in Pennsylvania.

The penalty money will be used to create an endowment for programs that treat and prevent child abuse. A quarter of the cash will go to programs in the commonwealth.

State House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody says PA should get a bigger slice, if not the whole pie. "It's Pennsylvania's money. It's Penn State's money," Dermody says. "They are contributing to a fund that we ought to be able to use in Pennsylvania to help victims of child abuse."

College sports' governing body says since child abuse is a national issue, grants should be available in other states as well.

Two of the ten members on the NCAA task force are from Pennsylvania.

In addition to the fine, PSU has to vacate all its football wins back to 1998, give up many scholarships and deal with a four-year bowl ban.

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  • Judy from Lancaster img 2012-09-21 12:40

    While all victims of childhood abuse need care and assistance, this whole fine and process is absurd and victimizes all the Penn State students especially those who have been awarded scholarships. The victimization includes the residents of PA who are footing the bill having had nothing to do with Sandusky's crime. Punishment belongs to the perpetrators...yes plural. They include all the staff and administrators who fell short of protecting Sandusky’s victims or looked to their own self or PSU's interests believing they "did their job." We have become a society that looks for easy ways out instead of holding those accountable in who were supposed to be in authority. These persons should have been fired plus those in football program should have been the ones banned…for life from ever participating in sports as coaches and overseers. The fine belongs on shoulders of those individuals and not PSU and NOT the residents of PA.

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