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Paterno family blasts Penn State ruling

INDIANAPOLIS — The family of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno said the NCAA’s sanctions defame his legacy and were a panicked response to the scandal that led to them.

The statement was released Monday by Paterno’s family. It said school president Rodney Erickson, acting athletic director David Joyner and the entire Board of Trustees failed by not seeking a full hearing before the NCAA’s infractions committee.

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