Gov. Tom Corbett announced yesterday he, as Governor, is suing the NCAA for its sanctions against the Penn State football program and the University. With questionable and shaky legal standing, the suit alleges antitrust violations in the manner in which the collegiate athletic association chose to impose draconian sanctions against a program which it acknowledged did no wrong, broke no NCAA rules.
Legal experts question the Governor’s legal standing to file such a lawsuit. Current Attorney General Linda Kelly abdicated her job and delegated to the Governor’s Office the authority to file this suit. Why didn’t the state Attorney General just file it? Politics. Gov. Gasbag, watching steadily dreary poll numbers largely driven by his ill advised involvement in firing legendary coach Joe Paterno, desperately needs to reverse course, he has to initiate a cut back tot he open field before his re-election is doomed to the locker room.
Incoming AG Kathleen Kane ran on a platform of investigating Corbett’s role in the three year investigation of Jerry Sandusky and wants to discover if he dragged his feet allowing a serial child molester to remain on the street because he didn’t want unfortunate political blowback while running for Governor. Corbett then led the Board of Trustees decision to fire JoePa making him one of the evil tyrants in the story to Penn State football fans. There are a few of them in the Commonwealth and the Guv stands no chance of re-election unless he does some serious damage control. This lawsuit is driven completely by politics and not by law. It is likely to be dismissed before November 2014 making him look even more desperate I predict a sack for loss or worse, a blocked kick for an opposition touchdown.