PSU fine should benefit the state’s child abuse programs

Gov. Corbett has filed a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of the NCAA’s sanctions against the Penn State University football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

We don’t know how that’s going to turn out.

But we know this:

The proposal by Republican Sen. Jake Corman for a new law to keep Penn State’s $60 million NCAA fine for the scandal within the state is right on track.

Much of the money to pay the fine was generated within Pennsylvania.

So Corbett, who represents State College, reasons that the child abuse grants it is earmarked for should be distributed for the good of Pennsylvania.

The NCAA exists to create a level playing field of competition among the student-athletes of member institutions. In its punishment of Penn State, the NCAA stretch its enforcement reach by punishing on-field student-athletes who had nothing to do with the child molestation scandal.

While the NCAA can rightfully argue a lack of institutional control caused the shameful problem and it’s done plenty of punishing of Penn State under that heading some would say too much.

If the organization wants to show its credibility of the issue, it should allow the state of Pennsylvania’s child abuse programs to benefit from the fine revenues.

We would hope the Legislature would put some bipartisan teeth behind Corman’s proposal by approving it with force.