Alumni-elected trustees have asked Pennsylvania State University’s board chair to hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday to consider having the university join a lawsuit against the NCAA.
“With the trial set to begin in early January, we believe the board must delay no longer…” said trustee Robert C. Jubelirer in a statement.
The lawsuit filed by Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord seeks to void the consent decree between the university and the NCAA, which led to sanctions including loss of bowl games and scholarships, a $60 million fine and the eradication of football victories. Through the suit, emails were released showing that NCAA officials doubted their authority to impose the sanctions and “bluffed.”
“…I find the NCAA’s self-proclaimed bluff of Penn State into accepting football sanctions in 2012 to be deeply disturbing,” trustee Barbara Doran said in a statement. “It is time to act.”
There was no immediate response from a university spokesman on whether the meeting would be held. Alumni trustees have asked that the public session take place at the Penn Stater Conference Center.