NCAA's lawyers go on offensive in Paterno family lawsuit

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 26, 2013 6:29 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The NCAA says a lawsuit against it by the family of the late Joe Paterno and others is fatally flawed and should be thrown out of court.

The filing in Centre County court says the lawsuit consisted of ``sundry misdirected complaints.''

It argues the plaintiffs don't have standing to challenge the consent agreement between the organization and Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case.  

The 56-page document says the estate, trustees, faculty, former players and former coaches ``are the wrong plaintiffs and they have sued the wrong defendant.'' 

The NCAA also says Paterno's estate wasn't able to say how its commercial interest in his reputation lost value. 

A filing by the plaintiffs earlier this month said the scandal branded Penn State coaches with a ``scarlet letter.''

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