Pa. treasurer seeks to put NCAA lawsuit on hold

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord has asked a federal court to put on hold a lawsuit filed by the NCAA over sanctions it imposed on Penn State University following the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.

McCord on Thursday filed a motion to dismiss which asks the U.S. Middle District Court of Pennsylvania to abstain from considering the NCAA lawsuit until other pending state and federal court proceedings are resolved.

The NCAA filed its lawsuit to challenge a new state law that requires the $60 million in fines against Penn State be spent on sex abuse victim and prevention programs within Pennsylvania.

McCord said any consideration of the matter should wait until after the courts rule on the federal antitrust lawsuit filed by Governor Tom Corbett, which seeks to have all NCAA sanctions against Penn State thrown out, and a second pending lawsuit filed by Sen. Jake Corman, a Republican whose district includes State College.

Corman sued the NCAA to keep the fine monies in Pennsylvania and authored the legislation to prevent the governing body of college sports from distributing the money nationwide.

McCord, who is among the state officials named in the NCAA lawsuit, said the association of collegiate athletic programs grossly overstepped its authority and has no right to take control of non-athletic spending by a school that is supported by Pennsylvania taxpayers.

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