Wick Sollers, attorney for the Paterno family sent a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert today stating that the Joseph V. Paterno estate intends to appeal the NCAA decree against Penn State. He continued, writing that 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 other involved, as a result of the unprecedented actions taken 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.”
This is something we should have expected from the Paterno family, inasmuch as it has responded to every significant development in the Sandusky Scandal. The question in this Turkey’s mind is whether they have any standing at all to appeal anything as a non-signer to an agreement between Penn State and the NCAA. Is it possible that the Paterno family is sowing the seeds for an eventual civil lawsuit against the University and the NCAA? I have to wonder whether this is going anywhere.
Read the story by Anne Danahy of the Centre Daily Times.