A Penn State trustee cited a need for due process in telling the NCAA yesterday that he intends to appeal college sports governing body's strict sanctions on the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

A Penn State trustee cited a need for due process in telling the NCAA yesterday that he intends to appeal college sports governing body's strict sanctions on the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

Trustee Ryan McCombie said earlier yesterday in a letter to fellow board members that he planned to take the action and sought an NCAA hearing. He invited other trustees to join in the appeal.

McCombie's attorneys later sent the NCAA their intent-to-appeal letter, saying they also represented other trustees.

Several other board members indicated they will join the appeal, said McCombie's attorney, Paul Kelly of the Boston-based firm Jackson Lewis. But Kelly did not provide a number or identify the other members, and said he was still gathering names.

The NCAA last week said the penalties weren't subject to appeal after Joe Paterno's family said they also planned to file one.

• Wisconsin running back Montee Ball wasn't cleared to practice as he recovers from a concussion he suffered when he was beaten up by five men near campus last week.

Police continue to investigate whether an earlier fight involving Wisconsin football players might have triggered the attack on Ball.

• Illinois said redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki completed his transfer from Penn State, making it nine players who have left the Nittany Lions.