NCAA loses bid to avoid Penn State sanctions trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court has turned down a request from the NCAA to prevent a January trial over the legality of penalties imposed on Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the request made by the NCAA after a lower court decided to focus on the 2012 consent decree that included a $60 million fine.

Justice Max Baer wrote that the NCAA wasn’t entitled to what it was seeking because the judge didn’t exceed her legal jurisdiction.

The NCAA had argued that the judge improperly expanded the underlying case, in which two state officials sought to enforce a state law keeping the $60 million in Pennsylvania.

The NCAA sanctioned Penn State amid the scandal. The former assistant football coach was convicted of child molestation.