The Paterno Family is, Incredibly, Appealing NCAA Sanctions Against Penn State (And, You Know, Their Father’s Wins Record)

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In case you thought you were going to escape into the weekend without the Paterno family issuing some sort of mindless prose, you were wrong. Very wrong.

The Paterno family lawyer, J. Sedwick Sollers III (uhh), has filed an appeal on behalf of his clients to challenge NCAA sanctions against Penn State.

No, really. They're doing that.

Penn State willingly accepted the harsh punishment handed down by the incredibly hypocritical governing body of college sports, but that hasn’t stopped Scott and Jay Paterno et al. from fighting for… um, what exactly are the fighting for again? 

Their argument goes something like this: Citing obscure NCAA bylaws that, apparently, allow “involved individuals” to appeal infraction committee findings, the Paternos, on behalf of Joe, are formally appealing Penn State’s signed consent decree with the NCAA on the grounds that there was a rush to judgment and no due process and yada yada yada. 

An excerpt:

The estate undertakes this appeal to redress the enormous damage done to Penn State, the State College community, former, current and future student and student athletes, Joe Paterno and certain others involved, as a result of the unprecedented actions taken by the NCAA.

As will become evident in a thorough and impartial review, the NCAA acted hastily and without any regard for due process. Furthermore, the NCAA and Penn State's Board Chair and President entirely ignored the fact that the Freeh Report, on which these extraordinary penalties are based, is deeply flawed because it is incomplete, rife with unsupported opinions and unquestionably one-sided. The NCAA and Penn State's leadership, by accepting and adopting the conclusions of the Freeh report, have maligned all of the above without soliciting contrary opinions or challenging a single finding of the Freeh report. Given the extraordinary penalty handed out, prudence and justice require that scrupulous adherence to due process be observed and not completely ignored.

 

Yeah, they really need to go away.

Read the full letter they sent to the NCAA after the jump.

via State College.com

To Whom It May Concern:

On behalf of my clients, the Paterno family, who are the living representatives of Joseph V. Paterno and his estate, we file this notice of intent to appeal the NCAA's consent decree entered against The Pennsylvania State University. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 32.10.1, the Paterno Family notes that the consent decree was publicly released on July 23, 2012. Pursuant to NCAA Bylaws 32.1.5 and 32.10.1.2, Mr. Paterno qualifies as an involved individual because he is named in the NCAA's consent decree as well as the Freeh report, which provided the alleged factual basis for the consent decree. Finally, pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 32.10.1, the Paterno family requests the opportunity to submit its appeal in writing, and it requests an in-person oral argument before the Infractions Appeals Committee.

The estate undertakes this appeal to redress the enormous damage done to Penn State, the State College community, former, current and future student and student athletes, Joe Paterno and certain others involved, as a result of the unprecedented actions taken by the NCAA.

As will become evident in a thorough and impartial review, the NCAA acted hastily and without any regard for due process. Furthermore, the NCAA and Penn State's Board Chair and President entirely ignored the fact that the Freeh Report, on which these extraordinary penalties are based, is deeply flawed because it is incomplete, rife with unsupported opinions and unquestionably one-sided. The NCAA and Penn State's leadership, by accepting and adopting the conclusions of the Freeh report, have maligned all of the above without soliciting contrary opinions or challenging a single finding of the Freeh report. Given the extraordinary penalty handed out, prudence and justice require that scrupulous adherence to due process be observed and not completely ignored.

Both the University leadership and the NCAA have said that they had to take extreme and immediate measures to demonstrate respect for the victims and minimize the chance of any similar misconduct from occurring again. These goals are the right ones, and they embody objectives we fully endorse. But those objectives cannot be achieved by a truncated process that wrongly assigns blame by substituting opinion for fact.

If there is culpabability in this case, a hearing will help expose it. Due process will not hide the truth and will only illuminate the facts and allow for thoughtful, substantiated conclusions, not extreme and unfounded opinions, such as those offered in the Freeh Report and relied upon by the NCAA.

This matter may be the most important disciplinary action in the history of the NCAA, and it has been handled in a fundamentally inappropriate and unprecedented manner. To severely punish a University and its community and to condemn a great educator, philanthropist and coach without any public review or hearing is unfair on its face and a violation of NCAA guidelines.

Accordingly, we submit this appeal in pursuit, finally, of due process. A fair hearing on the merits is in the interests of justice and fairness for all involved.

We look forward to your acknowledgement of receipt of this timely appeal. In your acknowledgement, we would appreciate confirmation of the exact date triggering the 30-day period for us to submit a written response in support of our appeal.

Respectfully,

J. Sedwick Sollers III

 

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13 Responses

  1. You can’t keep saying “they need to go away” if you keep giving them all this coverage. Ass Clown.

  2. how great would it be if the NCAA gave them their hearing, and decided to go with the death penalty instead

  3. “To Whom It May Concern…”
    So the dipshit lawyer didn’t even know who to send the letter to?!
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL, THAT IS FANTASTIC.
    Would like for the Paternos to stfu forever onward.

  4. As if the NCAA will pay one second’s worth of attention to the Paterno clan and their clownish, neverending need for attention. This is beyond pathetic.

  5. Good for them. All u assclowns didnt even read the Freeh report, the report done by an ex FBI head who is now himself being investigated. Yeah Id say due process should be done. The Board is trying to get everything done and over with before more damning items get uncovered.

  6. This article show a huge lack of intelligence. Kyle, you are a better writer then this. You keep bringing up that due process means nothing. It is our 5th amendment right and something that is done by law to give someone the chance to prove their innocence. If you truly did read the Freeh Report then you would now there is no evidence that Joe Paterno or most other people were purposely covering up this whole situation. There is only proof of ignorance. That is the point of the appeal and of why many people are upset about these unfair sanctions.

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