STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno’s family said it planned to appeal the sanctions imposed by the NCAA against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The governing body’s response: Don’t bother.
Family lawyer Wick Sollers in a letter sent Friday to the NCAA said the Paternos would like to appeal the “enormous damage” done to Penn State, the community, athletes and the late Hall of Fame coach. He died in January at age 85.
But the NCAA quickly rejected their plan. “The Penn State sanctions are not subject to appeal,” spokesman Bob Williams said.
The landmark penalties handed down in July included a four-year bowl ban, scholarship cuts and 111 vacated wins from 1998-2011, meaning Paterno no longer has the most coaching victories in major college football.
The family said the NCAA acted hastily and without regard for due process, and that it accepted the results of the school’s internal investigation without further review.
GEORGIA TECH: Opened preseason practice with 27 newcomers, including 17 scholarship freshmen, going through drills with coach Paul Johnson for the first time.
Johnson said the newcomers’ “heads were spinning a little bit” as they tried to keep pace in Friday’s workout, which lasted two hours.
Johnson said senior quarterback Tevin Washington is the heavy favorite to open the season as the starter. Johnson said “it would take something out of the ordinary” for Washington to lose his job.
Georgia Tech will have its fan day and media day today.
PENN STATE: Offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki will transfer to Illinois.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Nowicki will be the eighth player to leave Penn State following NCAA sanctions imposed in July after the Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly insists there is no favorite to start at quarterback as the Irish open preseason camp today.
Incumbent Tommy Rees is suspended for the Sept. 1 opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, and is just one of four candidates Kelly will consider over the next few weeks.
BOISE STATE: Receiver Geraldo Boldewijn will miss the first four games of the season for violating NCAA rules for players getting extra benefits.
Team officials said that Boldewijn accepted help from his high school host family when he booked a plane trip home to the Netherlands last December.
Boldewijn has repaid the family for the flight.