Judge orders NCAA release emails in Joe Paterno defamation case

While former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars, the scandal surrounding the Nittany Lions’ football team does not seem to be going away anytime soon.

A lawsuit against the school is moving forward and in favor of former coach Joe Paterno.

It was announced on Tuesday that Potter County judge John Leete ordered the NCAA to provide emails to the court as it pertains to Paterno and the defamation case set against the Association. The lawusit, which was filed three years ago, claims the NCAA slandered Paterno and two former assistants, Joe’s son, Jay Paterno, and Bill Kenney.

The plaintiffs in the case claim that the NCAA’s decree, which “stated the school must agree to a four-year bowl ban, a $60-million fine to fund anti-child abuse efforts, eliminating 112 wins, erasing Paterno’s status as winningest coach, and a temporary reduction in football scholarships,” hurt their chances of getting another coaching job elsewhere.

While the NCAA has since reinstated Paterno’s wins, it doesn’t seem like enough for the family as they want some kind of restitution in the case.

It will be interesting to see what happens with this lawsuit going forward.

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