A group of former Penn State football players plans to appeal the harsh sanctions the NCAA imposed against the program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The group includes former quarterback Michael Robinson, Anwar Phillips, Josh Gaines, Shamar Finney, Richard Gardner, Gerald Cadogen, Anthony Adams, Justin Kurpeikis, and assistant coach Bill Kenney.
In the letter sent to the NCAA, they claim the NCAA denied due process in arriving at the sanctions, using the Freeh Report instead of conducting their own investigation, and that the sanctions themselves were permanently harmful to them.
"By these unsupported findings, the Appellants have been forever branded as somehow contributing to a 'culture' on campus that enabled these unlawful acts against children to continue. Meaning no disrespect to the victims of abuse, these findings are unfair and they are wrong."
The NCAA decision to vacate Penn State records between 1998-2011 seems to be a particular concern of the appellants. "This sanction is unreasonable, excessive, unprecedented, and constitutes an indignity to the men who honorably fulfilled thier responsibilities as student-athletes and coaches at Penn State under Joe Paterno during this time period."