‘No Tax Money for PSU Fine:' Corbett

Pa. governor says he’s relieved NCAA stopped short of shutting down PSU football program

Gov. Tom Corbett (R) says he wants assurances that Penn State won't spend any tax dollars on the $60 million fine levied by the NCAA.

Corbett issued a statement Monday saying he's relieved that the association did not shut down Penn State's football program as part of sanctions it imposed for the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky's conviction on child sex-abuse charges.

Corbett blamed “the appalling actions of a few people” for damaging the university's reputation but said officials have to accept the sanctions, which also include a four-year ban on post-season play and the erasure of 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories.

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The governor said Penn State is “more than football” and expressed confidence the university will regain its reputation as a “world-class” institution.

As governor, Corbett is an ex officio member of the PSU Board of Trustees.

Speaking Monday at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D) says the NCAA sanctions against Penn are tough but necessary.

Casey also says he supports the decision to remove the statue of longtime football coach Joe Paterno as the university tries to “turn the page” and get past the scandal.

The Democratic Pa. senior senator is running for re-election against Republican Tom Smith in the Decision 2012 Nov. 6 general election.

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