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.

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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