Ohio State students are fighting back against a $5.5 billion NCAA investigation into the football program.
The University of Ohio on Tuesday launched an unprecedented legal challenge to the NCAA’s probe into the NCAA, the first such case filed by a university in Ohio in more than two decades.
The NCAA launched its investigation into Ohio State in February after Ohio State student athletes were accused of participating in a culture of sexual misconduct and other violations.
The NCAA concluded in March that the football team had not violated the NCAA rules in any way.
The Ohio State complaint seeks to halt the investigation and compel the NCAA to comply with the federal law that makes the investigation a criminal matter.
The complaint says that the NCAA investigation is unlawful, overbroad and impermissibly burdensome.
It also claims that the investigation is an abuse of process and that the parties to the case, the Ohio State football program, are not entitled to a fair trial under the United States Constitution.
In the lawsuit, Ohio State said that the federal statute authorizing the NCAA inquiry “will not be enforced unless the federal government takes immediate and decisive action to protect Ohio State’s football program and its members.”
The complaint also alleges that the probe is an unconstitutional and illegal attempt to control the University of Cincinnati’s athletic program.
The university has denied the allegations.