Via The Patriot-News:
The Paterno family is demanding an appeal of NCAA sanctions levied against the Penn State football program last month, saying the NCAA's disciplinary measures were "handled in a fundamentally inappropriate and unprecedented manner," according to an appeal letter filed by attorney Wick Sollers.
In the letter, Sollers said the NCAA acted "hastily" in doling out punishment based on the findings of an internal investigation conducted by Louis Freeh.
Sollers concluded that the NCAA's objectives to "demonstrate respect for the victims and minimize the chance of any similar misconduct" cannot be accomplished by a "truncated process that wrongly assigns blame."
"To severely punish a University and its community and to condemn a great educator, philanthropist and coach without any public review or hearing is unfair on its face and a violation of NCAA guidelines," Sollers wrote in the letter.
The Paterno family says "a fair hearing on the merits is in the interests of justice and fairness for all involved..."
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