January 16, 2015
There have been many memorable victories in the history of Penn State University, and today’s settlement agreement with the NCAA surely ranks among the most significant. I want to thank Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord for actively pursuing litigation to repeal the unjust NCAA consent decree that imposed draconian sanctions on Penn State University. I would also like to congratulate my fellow alumni, the alumni elected trustees and the Paterno family who fought valiantly against great odds and much resistance to restore Penn State’s reputation.
As a Penn State alumnus, I take great pride in all of the accomplishments of our university. With the repeal of the NCAA consent decree, the successes of our student-athletes and Coach Joe Paterno have rightfully been restored.
The settlement also turns the focus of the Sandusky scandal to its rightful place – improving the lives of victims of child sexual abuse by committing $60 million to the prevention and treatment of child sex abuse. It is my hope that the NCAA steps up financially and further bolsters important child abuse prevention programs and services across the country.
Lastly, I remain fully committed to pursuing serious and meaningful governance reform at Penn State University. Today's announced settlement and repeal of the consent decree further exposes the failed leadership at the NCAA and the governance flaws of the Penn State Board of Trustees. It clearly points to the need for a thorough review of President Mark Emmert's ability remain as the leader of the NCAA and the need for a complete assessment on how the Penn State Board of Trustees handled the imposition of the consent decree.
Senator John T. Yudichak