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.
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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.