Local News 2-21-13

Emmert Stands By Sanctions, Sues PA

NCAA President Mark Emmert is standing by the sanctions issued to Penn State in July. Emmert responded to a letter from U.S. Representatives Glenn Thompson and Charlie Dent sent earlier this year. According to Statecollege.com, Thompson and Dent requested the NCAA reinstate the 40 football scholarships forfeited by Penn State through the consent degree. Emmert added that the NCAA will not continue to discuss the matter. 

Also yesterday, Emmert and the NCAA filed a lawsuit against the state in response to a bill authorized by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. The bill mandates that all funds from Penn State's $60 million fine remain instate. Emmert says the policy violates the consent decree and interstate trade regulations. 

Harris Wants Change

An outspoken former Penn State football star wants the University to rebuild the wall outside Beaver Stadium celebrating previous on-field achievements. According to the Centre Daily Times, Franco Harris is asking Penn State President Rodney Erickson to rebuild the wall honoring past Nittany Lions where Joe Paterno’s statue once stood. The wall contained a quote from Paterno and plaques marking the accomplishments of each of his teams.