NCAA's lawyers go on offensive in Paterno lawsuit

Posted: 10:19 PM EDT Sep 26, 2013
Joe Paterno

The NCAA said a lawsuit against it by the family of late Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno and others is fatally flawed and should be thrown out.

The lawsuit contains "sundry misdirected complaints," according to an NCAA filing Thursday in Centre County court.

It argues the plaintiffs don't have standing to challenge the consent agreement between the NCAA and Penn State over the child molestation scandal involving ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Paterno's estate and Penn State trustees, faculty, former players and former coaches are "the wrong plaintiffs" and "have sued the wrong defendant," according to the suit.

Paterno's estate was unable to say how its commercial interest in his reputation's lost value, NCAA lawyers said.

A filing by the plaintiffs had said the scandal branded Penn State coaches with a "scarlet letter."

Sandusky was convicted of abuse but said he's innocent.