A judge on Monday ordered the NCAA to turn over all documents signed by NCAA President Mark Emmert in 2012 that levied sanctions on Penn State’s football program.
These documents were part of the consent decree, which is a settlement to end an issue between two parties without admission of guilt. Former Penn State president Rodney Erickson signed the decree, which levied crippling sanctions on Penn State’s football program, on behalf of the school.
Under the consent decree, the school was fined $60 million and the football program had to vacate wins from 1998-2011, was put on probation for five years, received a four year postseason ban and had to go from 25 to 15 scholarships for four years.
The sanctions were lifted in 2015, and the NCAA has been fighting since then to protect the documents. A subpoena ended that struggle. Plaintiffs Jay Paterno and William Kenney have been trying to obtain the documents to prove intentional malice by Emmert and the NCAA.
Contained in the documents are communications between NCAA board members and administrators about the consent decree’s repeal. Also contained in the documents are communications between the NCAA and Penn State administrators.