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Letter asks for appeal of sanctions

Updated: August 5, 2012, 11:44 AM ET
By Don Van Natta | ESPN.com

The family of Joe Paterno on Friday demanded an appeal of the NCAA's unprecedented sanctions against Penn State for its leaders' role in concealing the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, according to a copy of the letter sent to the NCAA and obtained by "Outside the Lines."

In the letter, the Paterno family lawyers requested the NCAA hold an "open hearing" before its Infractions Appeals Committee of the package of sanctions accepted by Penn State on July 23. The historic sanctions, ...

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