5 Pa. reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions

Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports’ governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

The five released a letter Monday they sent last week to Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA.

They’re citing an April state court ruling that was critical of the consent decree, which includes a temporary ban on post-season play, a temporary reduction in scholarships, the cancellation of 112 wins and a $60 million fine.

The group is four Republicans — Charlie Dent, Glenn Thompson, Jim Gerlach and Mike Kelly — plus Democrat Mike Doyle. Dent, Doyle and Thompson are Penn State alumni.

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An NCAA spokeswoman tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the organization hasn’t received the letter and isn’t commenting beyond its previous statements.

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