A court will hear the lawsuit against the NCAA by the family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno challenging sanctions imposed against the university in the wake of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child molestation scandal.
In response to alleged mishandling of information by Paterno and various other administrators, the NCAA banned Penn State football from bowl eligibility for four years and decreased its amount of scholarship offers.
The school was ordered to pay $60 million in proceeds to child abuse endowments and the NCAA vacated all of Paterno's 111 wins between 1998 and 2011, ending his legacy as the winningest coach in college football history.
The family contends the NCAA acted beyond its authority in imposing sanctions regarding criminal matters on the school's athletic program. Judge John Leete had scheduled the Tuesday hearing in August to decide whether the case should be thrown out. The NCAA has objected to the lawsuit, claiming the Paterno estate's complaints were misdirected.
"Plaintiffs resort to tortured interpretations of the NCAA bylaws and the case law in an effort to obscure two inescapable facts: they are the wrong plaintiffs and they have sued the wrong defendants," the NCAA wrote in a September court filing.
The court's decision comes one day after Penn State announced it had issued $59.7 million in settlements to 26 victims claiming they had been sexually abused by former assistant football coach Sandusky. The school did not disclose individual settlement amounts.
Sandusky is currently serving a 30-to-60-year prison term on 45 counts of sexual abuse. Former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley are awaiting trial for allegedly covering up Sandusky's pedophilia.