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Paterno family proceeds with NCAA lawsuit

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:05 a.m. CDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The family of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno — along with several university trustees, former players and others connected to the school — plan to sue the NCAA over the landmark sanctions against the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The 40-page suit to be filed Thursday will name the NCAA, president Mark Emmert and Oregon State president Edward Ray — who was chair of the NCAA’s executive committee as defendants, according to a statement released by attorney Wick Sollers and other family representatives late Wednesday night.

Paterno’s son, Jay Paterno, and Bill Kenney are two former Paterno assistants taking part in the action against the NCAA, the statement said. Also taking part in the suit are five trustees, four faculty members and nine ex-Penn State players, including Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, according to the statement.