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Paterno family plans new suit against NCAA

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Representatives of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's family will file a new lawsuit against the NCAA that will be announced Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network's "Costas Tonight"

Network spokesman Adam Friefeld told PennLive.com that Wick Sollers, the family's attorney; former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh and Paterno family spokesman Dan McGinn will appear on the show hosted by sportscaster Bob Costas. Details of the new suit will be revealed during the broadcast.

The NCAA already is facing a federal antitrust lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and also a suit filed by a state senator to mandate that the NCAA keep $60 million in fines from the Penn State sanctions within the state.

The Paterno family initially disputed the findings of the Freeh report last summer that resulted in sanctions against the Penn State football program stemming from the sexual-abuse case against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The Freeh report determined that Paterno and schools officials weren't forthcoming with details about Sandusky, who was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The sanctions included a $60 million fine, 111 vacated wins, scholarship reductions and a four-year bowl ban that Penn State decided not to appeal to the NCAA. But university trustees later announced that the university intended to appeal.
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