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Paterno family joined by former players in lawsuit

Written by The Associated Press | May 30, 2013 4:01 AM
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(State College) -- The family of late coach Joe Paterno will be joined by former players and others connected to Penn State in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the NCAA's strict sanctions against the football program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Paterno family lawyer Wick Sollers says the 40-page suit will be filed Thursday in state court in Centre County, home of Penn State's main campus.

He says it will question decisions made by the NCAA leadership in levying penalties that include a four-year bowl ban and steep scholarship cuts.

A statement late Wednesday night from Paterno's representatives indicated the lawsuit also would question the findings of a withering report by former FBI director Louis Freeh, whom the university tapped to lead an investigation into the scandal.

The NCAA levied sanctions less than two weeks after Freeh released his report last July.

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