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Pennsylvania reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions

July 28, 2014

Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports' governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State University 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 National Collegiate Athletic Association in Indianapolis.

They're citing an April state court ruling that was critical of the consent decree, which includes a temporary ban on postseason 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 told The Philadelphia Inquirer the organization hasn't received the letter and isn't commenting beyond its previous statements.

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