UNIVERSITY PARK - When the NCAA hit Penn State with sanctions in July in the wake of teh Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal, former Nittany Lions linebacker Tim Sweeney spoke defiantly against the punishments.
Now, Sweeney is backing the state of Pennsylvania's lawsuit, despite delayed timing.
"I think it takes a while to get your ducks in a row," Sweeney says. "And the Governor and his staff have mentioned the damages. We were not sold out every game. You and I know T-shirt owners in town and we know their stores are struggling and restaurants and what have you. The governor stating that, that's all fact."
When it comes to the image of the Nittany Lions football program, Sweeney says he does not think the lawsuit against the NCAA will undo any damage Penn State suffered because of the Sandusky scandal.
Instead he looks to production on the field to show the resilience of Penn State football.
"I'm proud of our football program under Joe Paterno," Sweeney says. "And I'm equally proud of Bill O'Brien, his staff, the current players and the graduating seniors on what they did this past season to step up and have such a great season, despite unprecedented sanctions."
Sweeney says the teammates he's spoken with are also in favor of the state's lawsuit.