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Statement by Wick Sollers

2/5/2014

  February 5, 2014 Contact: Mara Vandlik
703-312-0140
mvandlik@mcginnandcompany.com

 

Statement by Wick Sollers

In response to Judge Leete's ruling in early January on the lawsuit by the Paterno family and others against the NCAA, we have filed an amended complaint with the court today.

The amended complaint differs from the original complaint in two primary respects.

First, in the January ruling, the court ordered the breach of contract claims dismissed without prejudice to amend, accepting the NCAA's argument that Penn State has an interest in the claims and, therefore, that the claims cannot be litigated without the university's participation in the litigation. Accordingly, the amended complaint adds Penn State as a nominal defendant on the contract claim only. To be clear, we do not seek any monetary damages from Penn State, nor do we ask that the court order Penn State to take any action. We ask only for a declaration that the plaintiffs have rights under the NCAA rules that were violated, and that the Consent Decree imposed by the NCAA is null and void.

Second, the amended complaint also responds to the Court's request for more detailed allegations regarding the lost job opportunities suffered by Coach Jay Paterno and Coach Bill Kenney as a result of the Consent Decree imposed by the NCAA and the statements made by the NCAA in relation to the decree. These coaches are well respected in their field and would have had numerous job opportunities had not the NCAA falsely accused them of wrongdoing. The amended complaint describes the interest that other universities, NFL teams and sports networks expressed in the two coaches prior to the imposition of the consent decree.

We were very encouraged by the Court's ruling in January. This lawsuit is extremely important to everyone who wants to know the truth about the mishandling of the Sandusky matter by the NCAA and the University. In short order we expect to gain access to the documents and records in this case and begin deposing the key parties. We welcome the opportunity to explore the record in a full, fair and transparent manner.

 

 

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