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“Personally, I think they’re justified doing what they’re doing,” Lydell Mitchell said Friday, referring to the Paterno family and others suing the NCAA.

Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison after being convicted last summer on dozens of criminal counts covering allegations on and off campus.

“We all feel for the victims. No question about it,” Lydell Mitchell said. “But Joe didn’t deserve that. I’ll fight (for that) for a long time.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has also filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over the sanctions. Sen. Mitchell, when asked by reporters in January following a trustees meeting, said pending litigation had no bearing on his progress reports.

Sen. Mitchell’s next report is due this summer. He said in Friday’s update that he would look into a reorganization of university sports medicine and the role of football athletic trainers after the issues were raised in a critical Sports Illustrated story in May.

The story questioned the quality of care and the motivations behind the replacement of the longtime football team doctor, Wayne Sebastianelli, who continues to oversee Penn State sports medicine. O’Brien has vehemently disputed suggestions that he would compromise the health of his players, especially since the sanctions limit Penn State to 65 scholarship players starting in 2014 _ about 20 fewer than the maximum allowed.


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