August 4, 2012 – The family of Joe Paterno said it was planning to appeal the NCAA sanctions that have been imposed against Penn State for the sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA’s governing body said the sanctions that were imposed were not open to appeal.
Wick Sollers the lawyer for the Paternos sent a letter to the NCAA on Friday that said the family wanted to appeal the sanctions that had caused great damage to the university, community, athletes and the late coach, who died this past January at the age of 85.
The plan by the Paternos was rejected by the NCAA very quickly. The penalties that the NCAA handed down in July included scholarship cuts, a ban on bowl games for four years and the vacating of 111 team victories between 1998 and 2011. That meant Paterno was no longer college football’s coach with the most victories.
The family, in their letter, said the NCAA had acted in a hastily fashion and did not use due process. They said the NCAA only used the internal investigation completed by the school without any other review.
The NCAA announced its sanctions in late July, which included a fine in the amount of $60 million. The sanctions were accepted by Penn State and signed off on by the school’s president. He said later that he did not see a better option of the school.