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  • Paterno Legacy [review of Jay's book]

    08/06/2014 7:34:38 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 212 replies
    philly.com ^ | 8-6-14 | Stan Hochman
    IN HINDSIGHT, Joe Paterno wrote, the day after he got fired with a phone call, he wished he had done more. He had not committed a crime, he had not witnessed a crime, he had reported what sounded like a crime to his superiors. The haters jumped all over that sentence, like it was some kind of a confession that the legendary Penn State football coach had somehow enabled Jerry Sandusky to sexually abuse those kids, while he looked the other way. The haters spent a lot less time debating the note he scribbled on a pad before going to...
  • Freeh Report,NCAA and news media to go on trial in Paterno law suit.

    01/11/2014 7:03:16 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    Tom in Paine ^ | January 8, 2014 | Marc Rubin
    One of the most egregious and well documented cases of news media dishonesty, libel, cowardice and greed along with official misconduct by the NCAA and others, will finally go on trial in a court of law where facts and rules of evidence, not media dishonesty,a mob mentality, distortions or ratings, web hits and newsstand sales at the expense of a man's reputation, will be the standard on which facts will be presented and judged. On Tuesday a judge ruled that the Paterno family's law suit against the NCAA can continue. The issue had always been, would the judge find that...
  • Paterno family lawsuit against NCAA goes before judge

    10/30/2013 4:55:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 14 replies
    cbsnews ^ | October 29, 2013 | AP
    BELLEFONTE, PA. A Pennsylvania judge said Tuesday he would decide later whether to allow a lawsuit against the NCAA filed by the family of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and others to go forward. After hearing more than three hours of arguments, Judge John B. Leete said he planned to issue a written opinion but did not say when. A lawyer for college sports' governing body urged him to throw out the complaint. The lawsuit and the court are "a poor forum for the venting of frustration, and the NCAA should not be made the scapegoat for the...
  • NCAA calls lawsuit 'misdirected' [Paterno family lawsuit should be tossed]

    09/28/2013 8:04:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 67 replies
    ESPN/AP ^ | Sept. 26, 2013
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A lawsuit against the NCAA by the family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and others is fatally flawed and should be thrown out, the organization said in a court filing Thursday. The filing in Centre County court said the suit contains "sundry misdirected complaints" and argued that the plaintiffs don't have standing to challenge the consent agreement between the NCAA and Penn State over the child molestation scandal involving ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. "Plaintiffs resort to tortured interpretations of the NCAA bylaws and the case law in an effort to obscure two inescapable facts:...
  • Jerry Sandusky prosecutor: No evidence Joe Paterno participated in criminal cover-up at Penn State

    09/03/2013 9:21:06 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 39 replies
    Harrisburg Patriot ^ | 9-3-13 | Charles Thompson
    Another key figure in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case weighed in Tuesday with his take on whether former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was an active participant in efforts to cover up Sandusky's sex crimes. In an interview recorded for CBS 60 Minutes Sports, former Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina said flatly: "I did not find that evidence." That was after Fina stated that he did come to believe, as the state's probe of Sandusky progressed, that former Penn State president Graham Spanier and several of his top aides had tried to interfere with the...
  • Media Mash: John Ziegler's Interviews with NBC, CNN, and TMZ

    03/27/2013 8:19:13 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 4 replies
    notpsu ^ | March 26, 2013 | Ray Blehar
    After 14 months of focusing on Joe Paterno and PSU's alleged failures, when Ziegler attempts to finally defend Paterno, the media shifts their focus to the real culprit of the scandal -- Jerry Sandusky. Also, not testifying at trial is the new standard of guilt in America. If you had any false hopes that the media would be willing to give Joe Paterno and PSU a fair hearing about the Sandusky Scandal, yesterday should have crushed those hopes. John Ziegler appeared on The Today Show and on CNN's Piers Morgan. He also did several radio and phone interviews, of which...
  • Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has cost Penn State University $41 million

    03/13/2013 6:39:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 12, 2013 | AP
    <p>Some vocal alumni had called on university leadership to release itemized costs, in part to promote transparency....</p> <p>Those critics had also asked the university to release the letter of agreement, or "engagement letter" with Freeh, that outlined the scope and responsibilities of the former FBI director in leading the internal investigation into the scandal....</p>
  • Penn State trustees: ‘We’re trying to get where we need to be’ [PSU alumni still on attack]

    03/10/2013 8:32:44 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 173 replies
    Centre Daily [State College, PA] ^ | March 10, 2013 | Mike Dawson
    STATE COLLEGE — Penn State trustee Paul Suhey admits relieving Joe Paterno of his head coaching duties in November 2011 over a late-night phone call was not the right tact. Stephanie Deviney, another trustee, is certain the whole board feels that way. “We apologize, we screwed it up as far as how we delivered the message,” Suhey said Friday in an interview. “Our decision, we’re not going to go back on. But we messed that up big time. “People are still so hurt by that, and you know, damn it, we screwed it up.” The Paterno decision will go down...
  • Joe Paterno Really Didn't Know

    This excerpt from the Clemente Report is very disturbing. For anyone who refuses to believe that Joe didn't know - I think this story will change their minds. Would anyone blame this Mom, like they blame Joe? Would she be fired? Would she be cast as a horrible, evil person? Should all of her life's good work be erased because of this episode? Was she demonized like Joe has been? And this molestation happened literally right in front of her eyes. Please watch the video, read the Clemente report, THEN please post your comments and let us know what you...
  • Joe Paterno family releases report

    02/10/2013 7:10:13 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 260 replies
    Espn.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Espn.com
    A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family calls the July 2012 Freeh report that was accepted by Penn State trustees before unprecedented sanctions were levied by the NCAA against the school's football program a "total failure" that is "full of fallacies, unsupported personal opinions, false allegations and biased assertions." The Paterno family report, which targets nearly every conclusion and assertion the Freeh report made about Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, states that while former FBI director Louis J. Freeh has had an honorable past and good reputation, his investigation -- especially as it...
  • Joe Paterno's widow to appear on Katie Couric's talk show

    02/05/2013 6:24:16 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 126 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2-5-13 | Chuck Schilken
    Joe Paterno's widow is to give her first interview since the Jerry Sandusky scandal and her husband's subsequent death, appearing on Katie Couric's daytime talk show in an episode scheduled to air Monday. Sue Paterno, who was married to the legendary Penn State football coach for 50 years, is scheduled to talk with Couric in studio for the nationally syndicated show "Katie." The two have already gotten together at Paterno's home in State College, Pa. Joe Paterno was head coach of the Nittany Lions for almost as long as he was married, from 1966 into 2011. He led the team...
  • Paterno's Final Gift to Penn State: The 2012 Senior Class

    11/26/2012 11:09:48 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 57 replies
    Black Shoes Diary ^ | 11-26-12 | Keith Platt
    Much has been written, and will be written, about the tremendous job Coach Bill O'Brien did in guiding Penn State's football team, the university and all of Nittany Nation this season and it will all be well deserved. Similarly, Michael Mauti, Michael Zordich, Matt McGloin and others will be lauded as the embodiment of leadership and excellence and, like the accolades given to O'Brien, it will be well deserved. However, there is another person to whom we owe a bit of gratitude for the great season that was 2012 and that is the late Joe Paterno. When recruiting young...
  • Franco Harris interview w/ Bob Costas on Joe Paterno

    11/18/2012 11:18:03 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 5 replies
    nbc sports ^ | 11/18/12 | Bob Costas
    Video link to an interview w/ Costas and Franco Harris. They also did another interview at the same link on the Immaculate Reception. Franco tells it like it is. Costas has softened on Joe because he actually read the freeh report. Good interview and good representation from Franco (who is not known for his public speaking).
  • Penn St. riot ends aspiring Army officer's dream

    08/27/2012 8:47:27 AM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 46 replies
    Comcast via AP ^ | 27 August-2012 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Stints in jail. Hefty fines and restitution. Clouded futures. The consequences of their bad behavior have been steep for the Penn State students who took to the streets and rioted in the chaotic aftermath of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno's firing last November. Perhaps none have learned a harder lesson than Justin Strine, a young man from central Pennsylvania whose planned career as an Army officer is over before it began — the casualty of his own split-second decision to put his hands on a news van, and a judicial system that considered him as guilty as classmates who...
  • Book: Sandusky report terms incomprehensible to Paterno

    08/18/2012 5:29:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 86 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 17, 2012
    Joe Paterno had to be prodded by his family to read the grand jury report regarding Jerry Sandusky and did not understand some of its graphic terminology, according to a new book. The book, Paterno by Joe Posnanski, was purchased Friday by the Associated Press in advance of its release next week. In the book, Posnanski describes a scene at Paterno's home, two days after Sandusky had been charged with child sex abuse last November. Paterno's family and a close adviser were trying to explain to the Penn State coach that there was a growing sentiment Paterno must have known...
  • Penn State trustees file appeal

    08/06/2012 5:57:20 PM PDT · by Third Person · 135 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 6th, 2012 | Don Van Natta
    A Penn State board of trustee member filed an appeal Monday afternoon with the NCAA over sanctions levied against the university after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. Three other trustees joined the appeal, which states that the consent decree university president Rodney Erickson signed with the NCAA agreeing to the sanctions is "null and void" because Erickson "lacked the legal authority" to enter into such an agreement without the board's approval. Trustees and a person with first-hand knowledge of the discussions said the move is a precursor to a federal lawsuit asking a judge to invalidate the sanctions, because...
  • PSU trustee intends to appeal to NCAA sanctions

    08/06/2012 3:50:31 PM PDT · by safetysign · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 08/06/2012 | staff
    A Penn State trustee has told the NCAA that he intends to appeal college sports governing body's strict sanctions on the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
  • Paterno family intends to appeal NCAA sanctions (not possible)

    08/04/2012 9:48:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/03/12 | GENARO C. ARMAS
    Paterno family intends to appeal NCAA sanctionsBy GENARO C. ARMAS (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 18 hours ago STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Joe Paterno's family said it planned to appeal the sanctions imposed by the NCAA against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The governing body's response: Don't bother. Family lawyer Wick Sollers in a letter sent Friday to the NCAA said the Paternos would like to appeal the ''enormous damage'' done to Penn State, the community, athletes and the late Hall of Fame coach. He died in January at age 85....
  • Even Freeh Group member realizes NCAA wrongly punished Penn St.

    07/27/2012 12:47:44 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 100 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 7-27-12 | Ben Kercheval
    Gotham City (wrongly) believed in Harvey Dent. Likewise, there are people who (wrongly) believed in NCAA president Mark Emmert. The heavy sanctions levied by Emmert against Penn State in the aftermath of the Freeh report was a result of public pressure, the justification to satisfy our culture’s bloodlust and demand for instant gratification. Someone needed to get clobbered at Penn State; it didn’t matter who. The report, a multi-million dollar project spanning eight months investigating Penn State’s (in)action into the Jerry Sandusky allegations, was designed to unearth exactly when and where university officials went wrong, as well as act as...
  • Tim Buckley headed to NC State. (Penn State player solidarity ends )

    07/30/2012 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 7 replies
    ESPN.com news services ^ | July 30, 2012 | Staff
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Backup Penn State safety Tim Buckley has become the first player to transfer from Penn State in the wake of NCAA sanctions, while the future of a more prominent player, star tailback Silas Redd, remains in question.
  • Former Penn State President Graham Spanier ... lands security job with federal government

    07/26/2012 6:15:12 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 49 replies
    Mass Live ^ | 07/25/2012 | The Sporting News
    In yet another shocking development in the Penn State story, ousted president Graham Spanier will soon begin working with the federal government on projects related to national security, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., first reported. In an email written to the paper, Spanier said: “For the next several months, as I transition to my post-presidential plans, I will be working on a special project for the U.S. government relating (to) national security.
  • Jerry Sandusky Shower Victim Comes Forward, Says He Will Sue

    07/26/2012 2:16:52 PM PDT · by Politicalmom · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/26/12 | COLLEEN CURRY
    The man who was seen being sexually assaulted in the Penn State showers by Jerry Sandusky in 2001 has come forward and identified himself to attorneys, who say that he plans to sue the university. A man claiming to be Victim 2, whom assistant coach Mike McQueary saw being molested in the shower by Sandusky, is being represented by four attorneys, including Joel Feller and Matt Casey of Philadelphia and Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin of State College, according to a statement released by the attorneys today. The man's name is not being released to the public, but his attorneys...
  • Jerry Sandusky case: Lawyers say they've found Victim 2, the boy Mike McQueary saw being molested

    Victim 2, the boy who was, until now, known to exist only because Mike McQueary saw him being molested by Jerry Sandusky in a Penn State shower in 2001, has come forward to two State College lawyers. Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici, two lawyers who launched their own investigation into Sandusky's activities over the last four decades -- and the reactions of people around him -- say that Victim 2 has identified himself to them. As part of the investigation, they acquired voicemails from Sandusky to the man, and released those on www. rossfellercasey.com, the website of the Philadelphia law...
  • The Sins of The Father (Paterno)

    07/24/2012 2:38:22 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 32 replies
    espn.go.com ^ | July 13, 2012 | Rick Reilly
    What a fool I was. In 1986, I spent a week in State College, Pa., researching a 10-page Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year piece on Joe Paterno. It was supposed to be a secret, but one night the phone in my hotel room rang. It was a Penn State professor, calling out of the blue. "Are you here to take part in hagiography?" he said. "What's hagiography?" I asked. "The study of saints," he said. "You're going to be just like the rest, aren't you? You're going to make Paterno out to be a saint. You don't know him....
  • Obama reaches out to Paterno family(Jay Paterno was big Obama supporter)

    07/23/2012 10:09:01 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 42 replies
    ESPN ^ | 1/23/12 | Ivan Maisel
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jay Paterno, then the Penn State quarterbacks coach, worked for Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign before the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania in 2008. Paterno helped organize a campus rally and introduced Obama to a big crowd on the sloping lawn in front of Old Main, the university administration building. Obama lost the primary to Sen. Hilary Clinton but won Centre County. Nearly a year ago, on Feb. 2, 2011, President Obama came to Penn State and met Jay’s parents, Nittany Lion head coach Joe Paterno and his wife Sue. On Monday, the day after Joe Paterno succumbed...
  • Penn State football slammed with NCAA sanctions

    07/23/2012 10:50:35 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 176 replies
    ESPN ^ | July 23, 2012, 11:30 AM ET | Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Penn State football was all but leveled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent uncounted years molesting children, sometimes on university property. The sanctions by the governing body of college sports, which capped eight months of turmoil on the central Pennsylvania campus, stopped short of delivering the "death penalty" of shutting down the sport. But the NCAA hit Penn State with $60 million in fines, ordered it out of the postseason for four years,...
  • Penn State Sanction

    07/23/2012 8:06:58 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 105 replies
    ESPN ^ | 07/23/12 | Me
    Don't think there is a story yet, but here is the sanctions: 60 Million Fine Loss of ten schollies per year with current schollies able to transfer immediately 4 year post season ban
  • Johnson and Taylor: Penn State, Duke and Integrity

    07/23/2012 7:50:30 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 18, 2012 | Johnson and Taylor
    . . . [Duke President Richard] Brodhead’s initial public statement said that people must uphold the presumption of innocence. But at a private meeting that included faculty members who signed the ad, he was excoriated for that statement . . . In a subsequent open letter to the Duke community, Mr. Brodhead canceled the lacrosse season, accepted the coach's resignation, and added several sentences about the evils of rape and the legacy of racism and misogyny. It made no reference to the lacrosse players' presumption of innocence. . . . In the end, justice was done, to some extent. North...
  • Penn State Football: DE recruit Webb decommits from Penn State [Others to follow?]

    07/22/2012 6:41:08 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Centre Daily (State College, PA) ^ | July 21, 2012 | Travis Johnson
    UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class lost one of its commitments on Saturday. New Jersey defensive lineman Greg Webb withdrew his oral pledge to attend Penn State in favor of North Carolina. UNC recruiting sites reported Friday that Webb had reopened his recruiting and planned to visit the Tar Heels’ Chapel Hill campus on Saturday. Webb — a 6-foot-1, 295-pound defensive tackle at Timber Creek High School in Sicklerville, N.J. — indeed visited UNC and committed when his high school teammate Dajuan Drennon also committed to the Tar Heels. A four-star recruit by Rivals.com standards, Webb was one...
  • Statue of famed Penn St. coach Paterno taken down

    07/22/2012 1:21:57 PM PDT · by South40 · 87 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 7/21/2012 | Marc Levy
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The famed statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday as the NCAA announced it would be issuing sanctions against the university whose top officials were accused in a scathing report of burying child sex abuse allegations against a now-convicted retired assistant. Workers lifted the 7-foot-tall statue off its base and used a forklift to move it into Beaver Stadium as the 100 to 150 students watched, some chanting, "We are Penn State."
  • Penn State president orders Paterno statue removal (this morning)

    07/22/2012 6:30:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/22/12
    Penn State president orders Paterno statue removalAssociated Press – 4 mins 2 secs ago STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University will remove the famed statue of Joe Paterno outside its football stadium, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant. The university said Sunday that it will take down the larger-than-life monument in the face of an investigative report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that found the late coach, along with three top Penn State administrators, concealed the abuse claims against Jerry...
  • Penn State To Remove Paterno Statue This Weekend

    07/20/2012 11:12:53 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 78 replies
    WFAN ^ | 7-20-2012 | Kim Jones
    NEW YORK (WFAN) – It seems the fate of Joe Paterno’s statue at Penn State has been sealed. “Am told that Penn State plans to take down the Paterno statue this weekend,” Kim Jones of the NFL Network and WFAN reported via Twitter on Friday. Paterno, fired by the university last year amid the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, died in January. His legacy was further tarnished by a scathing report released last week by former FBI director Louis Freeh. The Freeh report accused the former coach and other university officials of “repeatedly” concealing “critical facts relating to Sandusky’s...
  • Former Board President Steve Garban Is First Penn State Trustee To Resign

    07/19/2012 8:13:08 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    Deadspin ^ | July 19, 2012 | Erik Malinowski
    It's hard to believe that in all the months since the Sandusky scandal broke, and amid all the calls for accountability among Penn State's leadership, that not one member of the university's Board of Trustees had resigned. Now, there comes word from Happy Valley that Steve Garban, who was board president in 2010 and 2011, when everything surrounding this scandal finally came to light, has stepped down after 14 years as a university trustee. In a letter sent today to chairman Karen Peetz, Garban laid out his reasons for stepping down at this time: These past months have been some...
  • Penn St. leaders passed on reform (in 2004 @ Paterno's kitchen table)

    07/18/2012 5:25:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/18/12 | Don Van Natta Jr.
    Penn St. leaders passed on reformBy Don Van Natta Jr. | ESPN.com Updated: July 18, 2012, 12:45 PM ET In November 2004, four of Penn State's leaders, including then-president Graham Spanier, sat down at Joe Paterno's kitchen table on a Sunday morning. The men asked the iconic coach to retire. Paterno said no, and that was that. That same month, seven members of Penn State's board of trustees proposed sweeping reforms that would have strengthened the board's oversight power of Spanier and other campus leaders, including Paterno, according to documents obtained this week by "Outside the Lines." The group told...
  • Students Camping Out To Protect Joe Paterno Statue

    07/18/2012 1:48:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    Morning Freak Show ^ | 7/18/2012 | Freak Show
    A couple of students have started to camp out in tents and watch over the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State. The sign says "Protect the Paterno statue"
  • ‘Death Penalty’ Would Be an Act of Mercy for Penn State Football

    07/17/2012 6:32:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    Time ^ | Tuesday 17 July 2012 | Sean Gregory
    In a PBS interview broadcast Monday night, NCAA president Mark Emmert refused to take “anything off the table” regarding its possible punishment of Penn State University in the wake of the damning Freeh Report. The results of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s investigation, released last week, concluded that top Penn State officials — including former President Graham Spanier and former head coach Joe Paterno — “repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities” in order to “avoid the consequences of bad publicity.” So the so-called “death penalty” for Penn State football is possible. And though that...
  • Jerry Sandusky case: Three men say they were abused in '70s or '80s

    07/16/2012 5:41:05 PM PDT · by FamiliarFace · 10 replies
    PennLive ^ | July 16, 2012 | SARA GANIM
    Sources close to the Jerry Sandusky case say that three men have come forward and told police that they were abused in the 1970s or 1980s by the convicted pedophile. They are the first men to allege abuse before the 1990s, and if found to be credible, would directly attack the 68-year-old's defense argument that a person doesn't become pedophile in his or her 50s. In the early 1970s, when one of the men says he was abused, Jerry Sandusky would have been in his late 20s. Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse against...
  • The sins of the father: Joe Paterno's true legacy

    07/16/2012 3:44:48 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 22 replies
    espn.go.com ^ | 7/13/12 | Rick Reilly
    What a fool I was. In 1986, I spent a week in State College, Pa., researching a 10-page Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year piece on Joe Paterno. It was supposed to be a secret, but one night the phone in my hotel room rang. It was a Penn State professor, calling out of the blue. "Are you here to take part in hagiography?" he said. "What's hagiography?" I asked. "The study of saints," he said. "You're going to be just like the rest, aren't you? You're going to make Paterno out to be a saint. You don't know him....
  • Paterno's family blasts Freeh probe, vows its own

    07/16/2012 9:53:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Phil. Inquirer ^ | 07/16/2012 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Joe Paterno's family on Monday promised its own review day of his handling of sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, days after a highly critical report implicated the late Pennsylvania State University head football coach in a cover-up. Saying it "vehemently disagreed" with the findings of the university's internal investigation, led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, the family insisted Paterno responded as well as he knew how when confronted in 1998 and again in 2001 with accusations involving his former assistant. "The 1998 incident was fully and independently investigated by law enforcement officials," the family said in a statement...
  • Artist paints over Paterno's halo on Pa. mural

    07/15/2012 2:41:27 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — An artist has removed a halo from a mural of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno amid the school's child sex-abuse scandal. Michael Pilato had put a halo over Paterno's image after the beloved coach's death in January, but said he felt he had to remove it Saturday after a report that Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier and others buried allegations of child sex-abuse against ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno's family denies the claim.
  • Sources: Joe Paterno's statue stays

    07/14/2012 3:17:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 102 replies
    ESPN ^ | Saturday, July 14, 2012
    The embattled members of Penn State's Board of Trustees quietly have decided to leave Joe Paterno's statue standing -- at least for now and, some hope, forever, according to sources with firsthand knowledge of the trustees' private discussions this week. The trustees' reluctance to remove the statue is motivated, in part, by a desire not to offend alumni and students who adore the late coach despite the damning findings of his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse cover-up detailed in the Freeh report, the sources said. Some trustees also said in interviews they want to resist being pressured...
  • Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even as Scandal Played Out

    In January 2011, Joe Paterno learned prosecutors were investigating his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually assaulting young boys. Soon, Mr. Paterno had testified before a grand jury, and the rough outlines of what would become a giant scandal had been published in a local newspaper. That same month, Mr. Paterno, the football coach at Penn State, began negotiating with his superiors to amend his contract, with the timing something of a surprise because the contract was not set to expire until the end of 2012, according to university documents and people with knowledge of the discussions. By August,...
  • Penn State to remodel football shower and locker room where Jerry Sandusky abused boys

    07/13/2012 5:52:21 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 51 replies
    Lehigh Valley Live ^ | July 13 2012
    Penn State plans to renovate the building where Jerry Sandusky sexually molested boys.University spokesman David La Torre said today that Penn State plans to remodel the football shower and locker room area as a direct result of Sandusky’s crimes. The former defensive coordinator was convicted of assaulting some of his victims in the team shower.La Torre said renovation plans to the Lasch Football Building were drawn up shortly after Sandusky’s arrest in November. ------BREAK------ Reminders of the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal — and the senior school officials accused of covering it up — are all over Penn State’s campus...
  • Everything You Need To Know About Louis Freeh’s Damning Report On Penn State [Updating]

    07/13/2012 1:55:19 PM PDT · by KingOfVagabonds · 11 replies
    Deadspin ^ | 7/12/12 | multiple Deadspin authors
    After a lengthy investigation into years of sexual abuse within the Penn State football program, former FBI director Louis Freeh released a report of his findings today. We're still thumbing through it. It's withering. Here's what we've learned so far: Joe Paterno Knew In 1998 Paterno Gave Jerry Sandusky The Option To Keep Coaching "As Long As He Was The Coach" Paterno Family Statement Blames Everyone But Joe Paterno, Who Is To Blame In 1998, Jerry Sandusky Told State Officials And University Police That "He Had Done This With Other Children In The Past" Janitors Didn't Report Jerry Sandusky's 2000...
  • Penn Sate - vanity

    07/13/2012 12:55:16 PM PDT · by PA BOOKENDS · 125 replies
    I have to say, I’m disappointed and a little concerned by the reaction of some of my freeper friends to the Sandusky / Penn State scandal. Full disclosure: I graduated from PSU in 1970. Am not a member of the Alumni Association, have been back for, maybe, 5 games since 1970. Very much on the periphery of all things Penn State. For the class of ‘70, the JoPa phenomenon (“JoPa” hadn’t even been coined, yet.) hadn’t materialized. Nevertheless, living in Pennsylvania, one could hardly be oblivious to the success of the football team or Paterno’s philosophy. We were happy to...
  • The Penn State Scandal: The Other Side of the Coin

    07/12/2012 2:27:39 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 22 replies
    7/12/2012 | TexasNative2000
    The report which Penn State commissioned regarding the Jerry Sandusky scandal has been released. The findings of the commission, chaired by former FBI Director Louie Freeh, are a scathing indictment of the processes and procedures used by Penn State to deal with the allegations of sexual molestation by a football coach.Little is revealed in the report which was not already generally known, but the tone and breadth of the reporting was startlingly harsh. No one is immune from criticism ranging from the president of the university all the way down to a janitor who witnessed an episode of sexual molestation...
  • Here Is The Official Report Of Louis Freeh’s Investigation Into Penn State

    07/12/2012 6:12:38 AM PDT · by John W · 31 replies
    Deadspin ^ | July 12, 2012 | Dom Cosentino
    II. Findings Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.
  • Joe Paterno Reportedly Played Major Role in Penn State Cover-Up

    06/30/2012 9:25:17 AM PDT · by gop4lyf · 46 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 6/30/12 | Connor Simpson
    CNN have reportedly been informed of the contents of emails between top Penn State officials that allege a cover-up of a 2001 incident involving Jerry Sandusky, and the messages seem to implicate that it was Joe Paterno's idea to not report Sandusky
  • Things Most People Still Don't "Get" About the Jerry Sandusky Scandal

    06/25/2012 9:14:26 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 63 replies
    johnziegler.com ^ | 6-24-12 | John Ziegler
    Editorial by John Ziegler Things Most People Still Don't "Get" About the Jerry Sandusky Scandal 6/24/2012 One of the most interesting phenomenon about the biggest news stories of the modern age is that the larger a story is, the bigger the gap seems to be between what people think they know about what happened and what really occurred (this is how most Americans think Bill Clinton was impeached for having oral sex with an intern) . Having communicated, from a contrarian point of view, with literally hundreds of people about the Jerry Sandusky case, I have been struck by how...
  • Jury selected in Sandusky child sex abuse case has ties to Penn State

    06/07/2012 5:02:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-6-2012 | AP
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. – A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky's fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno's downfall. The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years. Also: a Penn State senior, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor's and...