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Governor to sue NCAA over PSU sanctions

Sorry we didn't post this yesterday, but it was a busy day full of New Year's Day bowl games. Anyway, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to file suit against the NCAA Wednesday over the harsh sanctions levied at Penn State for its role in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

The Republican governor has a news conference scheduled for later Wednesday on the Penn State campus to announce the filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg. The Associated Press reports that it will be an antitrust lawsuit.

SI.com's Pete Thamel first reported this story and wrote that Penn State itself will not be a party to the lawsuit. That makes sense, because the school has worked alongside of and cooperated with the NCAA.

Will this suit gain any traction, and will it lead to the lessening of sanctions against the Nittany Lions? It's hard to see how that will happen since Penn State leaders signed off on the NCAA action. This smells more like politics. Pennsylvania has a new attorney general about to take office who promised in her campaign to investigate state prosecutors' role in the Sandusky scandal. Corbett was the attorney general before becoming governor in January 2011.

We'll have more on this story as it develops. With this and Bill O'Brien's apparent courtship from NFL teams, it's a busy week at Penn State.