Nov 23, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Jordan Lucas (9) and safety Malcolm Willis (1) run onto the field prior to the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Beaver Stadium. Nebraska defeated Penn State 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Penn State Football: Pennsylvania court questions validity of NCAA sanctions

While the Penn State Nittany Lions are getting ready to start a new era with James Franklin at the helm, the fact remains that the school is still under sanctions stemming from the infamous Jerry Sandusky incident. Although they did recently have them reduced slightly with the reinstatement of some scholarships, they are still restricted from bowl games.

Nonetheless, from the very beginning, the decision to punish the football program has been called into question, and as Dennis Dodds at CBS reports, a Pennsylvania court on Wednesday was a little skeptical as well.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court said the NCAA might not have had the legal right to force Penn State to agree to the decree in 2012 that stopped just short of a death penalty for the football program. That decree resulted from the NCAA’s unprecedented involvement in the outcome of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

When the NCAA levied the heavy penalties against Penn State a few years ago, a lot of fans wondered if the NCAA had overstepped their bounds.

But, with all due respect to the fans’ opinions, it holds a bit more weight when a state court is the one asking the questions.

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