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Spanier suing Freeh for libel

Graham Spanier believes he was miscast by what he feels were mistruths in last year's Freeh Report, and is now suing the man responsible.

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Corbett's suit against NCAA tossed out

Tom Corbett's antritust suit did not hold up to closer inspection, and on Thursday it was tossed out.

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Sandusky talks McQueary, Paterno

Sandusky did not testify during his trial, but he recently spoke out to documentary filmmaker John Ziegler.

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Sandusky's lawyers to file appeal in higher court

The former Penn State assistant coach was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse last year.

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NCAA sues Pennsylvania governor

There's another suit in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, with the NCAA saying Pennsylvania can't pass a law requiring it to spend money in the state.

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200 pages of nothing

The Paterno Report mostly serves as a hagiography of the former coach and an opening shot in the civil suits that will soon be filed against his estate. An actual lawyer explains how the report will only serve to embolden Paterno's defenders while failing to illuminate any of the facts surrounding the Sandusky cover-up.

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Paterno family's Freeh Report response released

Report claims the Freeh Report was "fundamentally flawed" and rushed to improper conclusions.

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Paterno family to counter Freeh Report

The report, which rebuts many of the Freeh Report's findings, will be released on Sunday morning on ESPN's Outside The Lines.

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Sandusky's lawyers arguing for new trial

Sandusky's lawyers say they did not have ample time to digest all of the information presented to them by the prosecution during last summer's trial.

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Corbett's Penn State lawsuit is bull****

Pennsylvania's governor sued the NCAA for its actions against Penn State. While nobody thinks the NCAA deserves to be sued more than we do, a little digging reveals that this lawsuit is nothing more than a meritless political stunt.

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Pennsylvania governor suing NCAA

Governor claims Pennsylvania's citizens and businesses were harmed by sanctions.

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Pennsylvania suing NCAA

The state of Pennsylvania is planning to challenge the NCAA sanctions placed on Penn State, says a report by SI.com's Pete Thamel.

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8 Sandusky charges for former PSU prez

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier will be charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in the Jerry Sandusky case, stemming from evidence in the Freeh Report that he knew of Sandusky's sexual abuse.

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Penn State enters "good faith" settlement talks

Penn State has begun settlement negotiations with the victims of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, which are said to be proceeding in "good faith"

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'Victim 1' in Sandusky case reveals identity

One of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse victims has come forward and revealed his identity.

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Will Jerry Sandusky die in jail?

It has been a busy few weeks in State College as Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 years in prison and Mike McQueary sued the school for firing and defaming him. Noted lawyer Bobby Big Wheel explains each.

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Sandusky's victims speak before sentencing

Before the Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison his victims spoke.

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Jerry Sandusky releases audio statement

Jerry Sandusky maintained his innocence in a audio statement released from prison on Monday.

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Mike McQueary reportedly sues Penn State

Mike McQueary, the former Penn State assistant who was a key witness in the child sexual abuse case against Jerry Sandusky, has filed a lawsuit against Penn State, reports NBC News.

McQueary was already reported as intending to sue the university, so this was expected. The details of the lawsuit are unknown, although the assumption is that it is a whistleblower suit: McQueary, who was on staff as a wide receivers coach at Penn State when news of the scandal broke, was not retained in that role when his contract expired in the spring. While many other former Penn State employees and administrators had their legal fees paid for by the school, McQueary has received no such considerations. Pennsylvania's whistleblower law would prevent the school from firing him for reporting misconduct.

The 37-year-old played quarterback under Joe Paterno and Sandusky, and was hired to the staff in 2004, two years after he claimed he witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a child in a Penn State locker room. After his name became associated with the scandal, he was put on indefinite paid administrative leave from his role as an assistant coach due to threats against him. McQueary was the only direct witness to Sandusky's crimes to come forth and testify in court.

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Jerry Sandusky Investigation Report Returns, Is Still Horrifying

Do you remember the very worst rumor you ever heard about Jerry Sandusky? The one from months ago about an alleged investigation into whether or not the convicted sex offender wasn't the only person abusing his victims?

According to two new reports, it's a real investigation, being conducted by the FBI and another division of the federal government and focusing on the boys Sandusky encountered via the Second Mile charity. CBS News reports U.S. Postal Service investigators are looking into whether Sandusky was sharing child pornography with others, and then there's this from Radar Online:

"Investigators have interviewed at least one man who claims to have knowledge of Sandusky and a very prominent man, with strong ties to Penn State, both sexually abusing a boy," a source familiar with the situation told RadarOnline.com.

Criminal investigators from the United States Postal Inspectors are involved because sexual material involving underage boys may have been transmitted through the mail. The source says that the postal service seems to be leading this investigation, although Radar has not confirmed that information.

Just as before, we can hope nothing this despicable ever actually happened, and that the only individual directly responsible is already in jail.

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Penn State Trustees Could Appeal Sanctions, Then Sue NCAA

It's Penn State NCAA sanctions appeals season, so good news for everyone who likes those. Last week it was the Paterno family appeal, which of course won't be heard by the NCAA. Now a more formal appeal, which also will not budge the NCAA whatsoever, could be on the way from "at least two" Board of Trustees members, Don Van Natta Jr. reports:

Trustees and a person with first-hand knowledge of the discussions said the move is a precursor to a federal lawsuit asking a federal judge to invalidate the sanctions, because trustees expect the NCAA to reject the appeal.

So it's a formality, basically, meant to preserve the school's ability to defend itself in court as it moves forward. As our own legal expert wrote the day after the NCAA ruling came out, the school's agreement to a consent decree introduced total legal mayhem into the proceedings, and the trustees would like to wrangle all that back, if you please.

As revealed earlier by Van Natta, there was considerable discord between the BOT and president Rodney Erickson throughout the process that led to PSU being hit with heavy NCAA penalties.

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Joe Paterno's Family Files Appeal With NCAA Over Sanctions

Lawyers representing Joe Paterno's family have sent a letter to the NCAA appealing the governing body's sanctions against Penn State football, and specifically the appearance of Paterno's name as a responsible party in the Freeh Report. The NCAA used the Freeh Report as its entire Penn State investigation.

Onward State has the letter, and, well, the Paterno family is certainly right about at least one thing (even though nobody's ever heard of a former coach's family personally appealing NCAA sanctions):

As will become evident in a thorough and impartial review, the NCAA acted hastily and without any regard for due process. Furthermore, the NCAA and Penn State's Board Chair and President entirely ignored the fact that the Freeh Report, on which these extraordinary penalties are based, is deeply flawed because it is incomplete, rife with unsupported opinions and unquestionably one-sided. The NCAA and Penn State's leadership, by accepting and adopting the conclusions of the Freeh report, have maligned all of the above without soliciting contrary opinions or challenging a single finding of the Freeh report. Given the extraordinary penalty handed out, prudence and justice require that scrupulous adherence to due process be observed and not completely ignored.

Whatever opinion one might have of the Freeh Report, it's hard to ignore that the NCAA sidestepped everything about due process that makes due process critical. I'm as tired of reading Paterno family declarations as you are, but they're absolutely correct there.

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Advice For Penn State's Bill O'Brien: Quit

A new "Bomani & Jones" to lend Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien some moral support, and perhaps more importantly, some advice: Quit that job. Fast.

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Penn State Penalties Give Bill O'Brien Contract Extension

As a result of the penalties the NCAA levied against Penn State and its football program on Monday, the school's head football coach "earned" some added job security.

Because Penn State faces a four-year postseason ban, Bill O'Brien is actually guaranteed a contract extension.

It's an odd by-product of the penalties the university and Nittany Lions football program are facing, but it's also something we learned Wednesday morning on ESPN's Mike & Mike In the Morning radio show.

O'Brien told Mike & Mike that his contract with the school includes an "an addendum that said that years would be added to my contract if there were sanctions."

Because it's a four-year postseason ban, and O'Brien's contract is for five years, the fine print extends the contract to nine years if O'Brien is willing to commit himself to a football program that, let's be honest, will likely incur a significantly depreciating value.

Quite the interesting development, no?

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Penn State Could Have Faced 4-Year Death Penalty

There was much speculation as to what could have happened to Penn State had they not accepted the sanctions levied by the NCAA on Monday morning.

Wednesday, we learned that the school's alternative would have been a four-year death penalty, which would have ostensibly eviscerated Penn State football from Saturday afternoons until 2016.

University president Rodney Erickson told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that NCAA president Mark Emmert told Erickson if he did not accept the penalties as a result of the Freeh Report, that the NCAA would have launched their own formal investigation that would have likely resulted in far more damaging penalties for the university and its football program.

Basically, the message from Emmert to Erickson was accept your fate now or wait a few months and face something far more crippling.

The decision to accept the penalties announced Monday came following "intense" internal discussions following a July 17 phone call between the school and the NCAA.

The "death penalty" would have been something that could have had a far greater economic impact to the university and community that what the school is currently facing, and that was the determining factor in Erickson's decision.

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The Lost Decade: Penn State Football's Next 10 Seasons

The NCAA's dismantling of Penn State football is going to affect the program for years. It's gonna get bleak, and it's gonna stay that way for a long time.

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Unprecedented: Penn State Admits Culpability, Leading To Legal Mayhem

In order to see the NCAA deliver a quick death, Penn State 'fessed up to the entire scandal as documented in the Freeh report. What's this mean for the coming wave of civil lawsuits and other legal matters?

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Penn State Punishment: The NCAA Finally Gets Something Right

The NCAA handed down a historic punishment to Penn State football on Monday, a package of sanctions that leaves Joe Paterno's former program crippled for the immediate and distant future. And that's okay.

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Penn State Sanctions: Big Ten Tacks On Bowl Money, Title Game Penalties

The NCAA's list of punishments for Penn State wasn't the end of it for the Nittany Lions, who've also received an assortment of penalties from their own conference. The Big Ten announced it'll match the NCAA's four-year bowl ban with a four-year conference championship ban -- not that PSU's going to the Big Ten title game any time soon -- and will redistribute Penn State's cut of Big Ten bowl revenue for the same period to children's charities. That should amount to something like $13 million.

Jim Delany also said the Big Ten is unlikely to prevent PSU players from leaving for other Big Ten schools.

Thus, the total damage after both the NCAA and Big Ten have picked Penn State to the bone:

  • 10 incoming scholarships lost first year, 20 scholarship deduction for four years (More on the scholarship losses here)
  • Penn State players can transfer immediately without penalty (More on transfers here)
  • Loss of about $13 million in Big Ten bowl money, also to children's charities
  • Four-year bowl ban and Big Ten Championship Game ban
  • $60 million fine over five years, with the fine going to an endowment for children's charities
  • Vacation of all wins from 1998 through 2011 (meaning Joe Paterno now ranks seventh among all D1 coaches in wins)
  • Five years NCAA probation
  • The NCAA-enforced creation of various oversight positions

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The NCAA's thirst for blood

A four-year bowl ban, a $60 million fine, and 14 years of vacated wins leaves Penn State a ruined football program. The NCAA had the rare opportunity to rain punishment on a team, and they didn't waste it. That and more in today's Monday Morning Jones.

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Penn State Sanctions: Coach Bill O'Brien Reacts To Heavy Punishment

New Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien left a Super Bowl job with the New England Patriots in order to take over for Joe Paterno in State College, taking on perhaps the most pressurized gig in college football history. Considering both the weight of Paterno's legacy and the stigma and looming penalties against PSU, O'Brien knew he was walking into a fearsome challenge.

Monday, O'Brien issued his first statement after NCAA president Mark Emmert unveiled a custom suite of sanctions -- O'Brien, you'll recall, had nothing to do with the Jerry Sandusky coverup, yet still has to pay a mighty, mighty price.

Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.

I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university.

Also, athletic director David Joyner, who played no role in the Sandusky coverup either, commented on the sanctions:

The Freeh Report concluded that individuals at Penn State University entrusted to positions of authority, shunned their basic responsibility to protect children, and innocent children suffered as a result. Our hearts go out to the victims of this abuse and their families.

Today Penn State takes another step forward in changing the culture at the institution as we accept the penalties of the NCAA for the failure of leadership that occurred on our campus. We are deeply disappointed that some of our leaders could have turned a blind eye to such abuse, and agree that the culture at Penn State must change. As we move forward, today's student athletes have a challenging road ahead. But they will do the right thing, as they have always done. I am confident all of our head coaches will come together to make the change necessary to drive our university forward. Penn State will continue to fully support its established athletic programs, which provide opportunities for over 800 student athletes.

Working together, the path ahead will not be easy. But it is necessary, just, and will bring a better future. Our faculty, staff, students, athletes, and parents will work together as Penn State begins this new chapter. Though this cooperation and collaboration, Penn State will become a national model for compliance, ethics, and embodiment of the student athlete credo.

New president Rodney Erickson released a statement as well.

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NCAA beats up corpse

NCAA president Mark Emmert's decision to absorb power accomplished nothing, but let's all marvel at the wreckage he's left of Penn State football anyway.

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Penn State Football Recruiting: Impact Of NCAA Sanctions

The NCAA hit Penn State harder than the death penalty, and Nittany Lions recruiting is unlikely to recover for at least a decade.

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Penn State Football Roster Likely Gutted By Transfers After NCAA Sanctions

When SMU was hit with the death penalty in the '80s, it was actually only a one-year thing. The Mustangs missed two years of football because they couldn't field enough players the second year due to other punishments. We might see something similar happen to Penn State after the NCAA's heavy, heavy penalties were announced Monday morning.

The NCAA says it's considering allowing schools to tack PSU transfers on top of their own current scholarship counts without any penalty, meaning other teams could essentially get players who don't count against the "salary cap," so to speak. Meaning even Alabama could take on Penn State players.

If that happens, the Nittany Lions' roster could be completely picked apart to such a degree that competition could be pointless for the time being. And each player that leaves Penn State only increases the chances of more leaving.

Even before that stipulation was announced as under consideration, coaches across the nation were eying Penn State's roster for potential acquisitions. It might be open season now.

More from the NCAA's release on player transfers:

  • Football student-athletes who transfer will not have to sit out a year of competition. Any incoming or currently enrolled football student-athlete will be immediately eligible upon transfer or initial enrollment at an NCAA institution, provided they are admitted and otherwise eligible per NCAA regulations.
  • Penn State will release any incoming student-athletes from the National Letter of Intent.
  • Permission-to-contact rules will be suspended. Penn State cannot restrict in any way a student-athlete from pursuing a possible transfer. Student-athletes must simply inform Penn State of their interest in discussing transfer options with other schools. Interested schools also must inform Penn State of their intention to open discussions with the student-athlete.
  • Official and unofficial visit rules will be loosened. Any incoming or currently enrolled football student-athletes interested in taking an official or unofficial visit will be permitted to do so during the 2012-13 academic year, no matter how many visits they took during their recruitment. Institutions seeking to provide an official visit to a student who already visited the school as many times as NCAA legislation allows can seek relief from the NCAA on a case-by-case basis.
  • Additionally, the NCAA is considering waiving scholarship limits for programs to which these football student-athletes transfer, provided they reduce proportionately in the next year. For example, the limit is 25 new scholarships per year to a total of 85 scholarships. If the limits are waived in 2012-13 to accommodate one Penn State student-athlete who wishes to transfer to a particular school already at the limits, in 2013-14 the school will be limited to 24 new scholarships and 84 total scholarships.

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Joe Paterno's Wins Vacated: Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson Now Top Coaches

The NCAA chose to vacate all the wins accumulated by Joe Paterno's Penn State team from 1998 (when reports of Jerry Sandusky's child abuse first reached the ears of school officials) through 2011 (when Paterno was fired).

Though that's the least critical of the overwhelming sanctions against Penn State going forward, it does forever alter the record books and gives either Grambling's Eddie Robinson or Florida State's Bobby Bowden the top college football coaching wins record, depending on whether you're a Division I-A purist or not.

  1. Eddie Robinson: 408
  2. Bobby Bowden: 377
  3. Bear Bryant: 323
  4. "Pop" Warner: 319
  5. Amos Alonzo Stagg: 314
  6. Tubby Raymond: 300
  7. Joe Paterno: 298

This is all really, really amazing. If Frank Beamer (251) coaches for five or so more years, he very well could pass Paterno as well.

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Penn State's heavy sanctions announced

The NCAA didn't have to get involved in the Jerry Sandusky coverup tragedy, but it chose to do so anyway. At a 9 a.m. ET press conference, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced his punishments against Penn State -- his punishments, because he used the NCAA's constitution to subvert the NCAA's standard governing process in order to punish Penn State with greater haste.

There's no death penalty, meaning the Nittany Lions will still get to play football this year and onward. But, as reported, the rest of the penalties are so dire that a year off the gridiron might actually be less damaging for PSU's coaches, players, staff, and fans.

Here's the rundown:

  • Four-year postseason ban
  • $60 million fine, to go to an endowment for children's charities
  • 10 incoming scholarships lost first year, 20 scholarship deduction for four years (more or less an entire roster worth of scholarships)
  • Vacation of all wins from 1998 through 2011 (meaning Joe Paterno now ranks seventh among all D1 coaches in wins)
  • Five years probation
  • Penn State players can transfer immediately without penalty

Before the list of sanctions, NCAA executive committee chair Edward Ray called Penn State's coverup "reckless" and defended the NCAA's involvement in the scandal.

"Not only does the NCAA have the authority, we have the responsibility," Ray said.

Penn State isn't out of the woods yet -- not even its football program has its full list of damage at hand. The Big Ten can still choose to punish Penn State in just about any way conceivable, from witholding conference revenue to forbidding trips to the Big Ten Championship Game and so on. Indeed, the Big Ten will announce something one way or the other Monday as well.

The school could choose also to limit its own football program in addition to what's being imposed.

And this is all outside of what's going to be levied against the university itself by the Department of Education and perhaps other government agencies, which could make the worst the NCAA can do look like nothing by comparison.

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Watch Penn State's NCAA Press Conference Live Online

NCAA president Mark Emmert will announce his sanctions against Penn State football at 9 a.m. ET. Those sanctions are unknown at this point, but are believed to include an eight-digit fine, heavy scholarship losses, and a multiple-year bowl ban.

You can watch it all online live at CBS or ESPN3.

PSU is not expected to receive the item popularly referred to as "the death penalty," which is the forced shuttering of the football program from NCAA competition for a year or more.

Debate will rage throughout the day as to whether Emmert made the right decision by using Penn State's own Freeh Report as its entire investigation and by usurping the NCAA's standard investigation process in order to grant himself the power to levy his own penalties against Penn State.

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Penn State's NCAA Punishment To Be 'Crippling,' Could Change College Sports

Based on reports coming out about what the NCAA's going to do to Penn State, the widely repeated "unprecedented" portion of the punishment won't exactly refer to the nature of the penalties, but rather how they were arrived at. As Charles Robinson reports, "a 'multiple-year' bowl ban and 'crippling' scholarship losses" are included, but it's NCAA president Mark Emmert's unilateral wielding of sanctions that's the truly ground-breaking element.

Technically, it's not the NCAA that's punishing Penn State. It's the NCAA president. This indeed changes things and will set up some very weird discussions the next time a school gets in trouble.

Typically, NCAA investigations take many months and involve several give-and-take phases in which the school argues its case, is informed of its charges and so forth. By comparison, Miami's NCAA investigation has been going on for months longer than Penn State's has and appears far from over.

In this instance, Emmert's skipping much of the process and using Penn State's own commissioned report by Louis Freeh as all the evidence he needs, Robinson reports. Emmert's granted himself this power by way of the NCAA's constitution and its board of directors, which has signed off on the move.

If Penn State hadn't chosen to pay for its own investigation into itself, the NCAA would have to do its own detective work here, meaning PSU sped up the process, quite possibly by years. And that report was hardly exhaustive -- it certainly was revealing but wasn't a legal document. Basing the entire thing on a report the school released on its own does not feel rock solid by any means, even considering the conclusion we're meant to take from that report is that all the true bad actors are gone.

Now we have a man consolidating a never-before-seen amount of institutional power for himself in order to punish a school for letting a man have too much power, days after we all laughed at the Big Ten for wanting to do the same. This is going to change things.

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Removing Joe Paterno's Statue 'Does Not Serve Victims,' Says Coach's Family

If an event has happened in the Penn State scandal story, then the family of Joe Paterno has released a statement about it. Sunday morning, the statue of the fallen coach outside Beaver Stadium was removed and placed in storage, and thus a statement followed.

The statement:

Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth. The Freeh report, though it has been accepted by the media as the definitive conclusion on the Sandusky scandal, is the equivalent of an indictment - a charging document written by a prosecutor - and an incomplete and unofficial one at that.

To those who truly want to know the truth about Sandusky, it should matter that Joe Paterno has never had a hearing; that his legal counsel has never been able to interview key witnesses, all of whom are represented by lawyers and therefore unavailable; that there has never been an opportunity to review critical evidence which has not been made public; that selective evidence and the opinion of Mr Freeh is treated as the equivalent of a fair trial. Despite this obviously flawed and one-sided presentation, the University believes it must acquiesce and accept that Joe Paterno has been given a fair and complete hearing. We think the better course would have been for the University to take a strong stand in support of due process so that the complete truth can be uncovered.

It is not the University's responsibility to defend or protect Joe Paterno. But they at least should have acknowledged that important legal cases are still pending and that the record on Joe Paterno, the Board and other key players is far from complete.

The part about victims is certainly true. Other items on the list of things that don't serve Jerry Sandusky's victims include releasing statements, challenging the findings of an internal investigation, defending the legacy of a football coach, promising to retire after a season instead of immediately, or many other decisions that have been made throughout this story.

Or, you know, leaving a statue up instead of taking it down.

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Penn State's NCAA Punishment Reportedly Not The Death Penalty, But Still Severe

Monday morning, the NCAA will announce what it's going to do to Penn State football for the program's serial coverup of a serial rapist. I don't know how you quantify child abuse in terms of bowl money, but we're about to find out.

Joe Schad also reports the NCAA has given president Mark Emmert power he's never had before in order to deal with this case, that Penn State has played no role in determining what the punishments are (however, the Sporting News' Matt Hates reports PSU came up with the punishments and the NCAA accepted), and that the toll could be even worse than having football killed for a season. That would seem to indicate that whatever the punishment is, it will last for many years, more than the typical two or three.

The death penalty is looking more unlikely by the moment, with Dan Wetzel reporting nobody's heard anything about games being canceled.

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NCAA To Announce 'Unprecedented' Penalties For Penn State, According To Report

At nearly the same time Joe Paterno's statue was being removed from outside Beaver Stadium, we learned that the NCAA is preparing to drop the hammer on Penn State University.

A source tells CBS News that the NCAA's penalties, aimed at both the school and its football program, will be "unprecedented," with an official announcement coming Monday morning.

The NCAA doesn't usually work this fast, as even last year's Miami case has yet to meet its NCAA resolution, but it would appear the school has taken a deal, perhaps in order to get it over with.

NCAA president Mark Emmert will make the official announcement, which is the result of former FBI Director Louis Freeh's independent report on the child sex abuse scandal and Penn State's response to questions the NCAA posed to the school about institutional control and ethics surrounding the scandal.

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Joe Paterno Statue Reportedly Coming Down This Weekend

If Joe Paterno's statue is going to come down, it could reportedly happen as soon as this weekend.



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Big Ten Not Ruling Out Booting Penn State, According To Report




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Joe Paterno's Family Releases Another Statement, Will Review Freeh Report

The family of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has already released one statement disputing the findings of the Freeh Report, and now it's released another. The family says it has told its lawyers to review all the materials examined by Louis Freeh's group. The statement is definitely correct in at least one regard: the report is not the final word in the case. The Department of Education and other bodies are still investigating the entire Penn State scandal, and we surely still have much left to learn, most of it likely unpleasant.

Following the release of the Grand Jury findings last fall, Joe Paterno called for a thorough, fair and transparent investigation. Like everyone else, Joe was stunned at the charges that were filed against Jerry Sandusky. At the same time, Joe cautioned against a rush to judgment on Penn State and its senior officials and reminded everyone that we owed it to the victims to uncover the full truth.

The announcement of the findings by the Freeh Group is yet another shocking turn of events in this crisis. We are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree with, some of the conclusions and assertions and the process by which they were developed. Mr. Freeh presented his opinions and interpretations as if they were absolute facts. We believe numerous issues in the report, and his commentary, bear further review.

Our interest has been and remains the uncovering of the truth. We have never tried to run from this crisis or shift all responsibility to others. To help prevent this sort of tragedy from happening again at Penn State or any other institution, it is imperative that the full story be told.

After the report was released, we instructed our attorneys and their experts to conduct a comprehensive review of the materials released by the Freeh Group as well as Mr Freeh's presentation and press conference. We have also asked them to go beyond the report and identify additional information that should be analyzed. And we have asked the Freeh Group to preserve all records, notes and other materials related to the investigation and the presentation of their findings as we expect they will be the subject of great interest in the future.

To those who are convinced that the Freeh report is the last word on this matter, that is absolutely not the case. Since various investigations and legal cases are still pending, it is highly likely that additional critical information will emerge. With that said, we want to take this opportunity to reiterate that Joe Paterno did not shield Jerry Sandusky from any investigation or review. The 1998 incident was fully and independently investigated by law enforcement officials. The Freeh report confirms this. It is also a matter of record that Joe Paterno promptly and fully reported the 2001 incident to his superiors. It can certainly be asserted that Joe Paterno could have done more. He acknowledged this himself last fall. But to claim that he knowingly, intentionally protected a pedophile is false.

The process of reviewing the report and other relevant information is going to be a complicated and time consuming exercise. It took the The Freeh Group roughly seven months to conduct more than 400 interviews and review three million documents. We do not expect or intend to duplicate this effort but we are going to be as thorough as reasonably possible. In the meantime, our attorneys have asked that we not make any further comment on this matter until they are ready to provide an update on their progress.

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Joe Paterno Earned That Statue

Joe Paterno was treated like a deity, but he was never perfect, even before the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Still, he deserves that statue on Penn State's campus. Bomani explains that and more in this week's Monday Morning Jones.

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A body count for the sake of a body count

Calling for Penn State to get the death penalty due to the Jerry Sandusky coverup? It might be helpful if we define exactly what the death penalty is and think about the total impact.

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Joe Paterno Statue Will Remain For Now, According To Report

Following the release of the Freeh Report, the fate of the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium has been questioned. Some have called for the removal of the statue, but Saturday the Penn State Board of Trustees decided the statue would remain, according to a report from ESPN.com.

The report says the trustees decided to not remove the statue in an attempt to avoid offending alumni and students.

"You can't let people stampede you into making a rash decision," a trustee said. "The statue represents the good that Joe did. It doesn't represent the bad that he did."

Their decision, however, may not be a permanent one, as according to the report some trustees said they believed the statue should eventually be removed. All agreed it should remain for the time being.

"It has to stay up," said another trustee. "We have to let a number of months pass, and we'll address it again. But there is no way, no way. It's just not coming down."

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Joe Paterno Negotiated Raise, Exit After Learning Of Jerry Sandusky Investigation

Joe Paterno started re-negotiating a new contract with Penn State as he learned that his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was being investigated for the widespread sexual abuse of young boys. According to a report by Jo Becker in The New York Times, Paterno unexpectedly approached his superiors at Penn State and started to work out a new deal in January 2011 -- the same month he gave his testimony in front of a grand jury for the Sandusky case.

Paterno's contract at that time was set to run through 2012, but by August 2011 he came to an agreement on a new contract. According to Becker, Paterno and university president Graham Spanier worked out a deal that stipulated 2011 would be his last season as head coach at PSU. The outline of the deal:

Mr. Paterno was to be paid $3 million at the end of the 2011 season if he agreed it would be his last. Interest-free loans totaling $350,000 that the university had made to Mr. Paterno over the years would be forgiven as part of the retirement package. He would also have the use of the university's private plane and a luxury box at Beaver Stadium for him and his family to use over the next 25 years.

The university's full board of trustees was kept in the dark about the arrangement until November...

In November, the Sandusky scandal had garnered widespread national attention and the pressure to remove Paterno had mounted on the university Board of Trustees. Paterno saw the writing on the wall and quickly issued a statement saying that the Board did not need to act, that he would step down at the end of the 2011 season. Of course, according to Becker, that had already been arranged:

Mr. Paterno quickly issued a statement saying, in effect, that the board need not act, that he would resign at the end of the season. Neither he nor the university revealed that he had effectively agreed to do so already, in return for an expensive financial package.

As the external pressure mounted, the Board would act quickly and fire Paterno. But in the struggle with the family and amid widespread criticism in State College, they would not strip him of any of the retirement benefits previously agreed to:

In the end, the board of trustees - bombarded with hate mail and threatened with a defamation lawsuit by Mr. Paterno's family - gave the family virtually everything it wanted, with a package worth roughly $5.5 million.

Becker writes that the family's fight for money during the ouster of the head coach is another indicator of the power he held in Happy Valley. An attorney for Paterno, Wick Sollers, stated that the university proposed the retirement package in the summer of 2011 and that the perks had long been a part of his contract.

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Penn State, You're About To Get Sued

The Freeh Report confirmed some of our worst fears about Joe Paterno and Penn State's involvement in covering up Jerry Sandusky's decades of child abuse. Now let's have an actual lawyer look at how the victims will go after Penn State and its highest ranking officers.

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Penn State Board On Freeh Report: Joe Paterno's Legacy A 'Sensitive Topic'

The report by former FBI director Louis Freeh on the Jerry Sandusky coverup at Penn State raises a number of very important questions for the future of the university. Though the responsible leadership is all gone, it's up to the current regime to repair something that will probably never be wholly repaired.

Thursday afternoon, the Board of Trustees met with the press to share portions of their plan moving forward. There was a lot of talk about new action items and groups and relationships, along with promises to follow Freeh's recommendations moving forward. The Board will also not be resigning despite having played their own role in the scandal, with Peetz saying, "we should've had our antenna up."

As far as Joe Paterno's legacy goes, Karen Peetz called it a "sensitive topic" that "will continue to need to be discussed with the entire university community." She described his "60 years of service" as being "marred" by the Freeh news, while president Rodney Erickson called "the worst things" Paterno did "inexcusable," but insisted we "measure the man's life" by the many good things he did, and called for "reflection and distance" on assessing Paterno as a whole. This is a far, far cry from the "unconditional support" pledged by former president Graham Spanier.

Peetz described the construction of new oversight committees and such, saying the Board "accepts full responsibility for the failures that occurred" and plans to ensure nothing like this ever happens at "our university community ever again."

"We must become a best-in-class standard in governance," Peetz said. "Above all, we must restore trust in our community. We don't expect it to happen overnight. We will earn it back."

Erickson said, "While in no way lessening our own failings, we're committed to bringing greater awareness to abuse." The school has started a new child protection center at its medical school and is partnering with a local anti-rape group, Erickson said.

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Joe Paterno's Name Removed From Nike Child Care Center After Freeh Report

The future of Joe Paterno's legacy involves a whole lot of questions for a whole lot of people to answer. None will get more attention than the statue of his likeness outside Penn State's football stadium. But for institutions with more of a financial stake in Paterno than a familial one, the choice isn't quite so hard.

Nike, which has such a close relationship with PSU that Phil Knight spoke at Paterno's funeral, has already removed the coach's name from a campus child care building in light of the details of the Freeh Report, which overwhelmingly contend that Paterno worked repeatedly to cover up Jerry Sandusky's rape allegations.

The statement from Nike CEO Mark Parker, via Darren Rovell:

I have been deeply saddened by the news coming out of this investigation at Penn State. It is a terrible tragedy that children were unprotected from such abhorrent crimes. With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters. My thoughts are with the victims and the Penn State community.

Expect more of this sort of thing to come soon.

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Joe Paterno Should Have Gone To Jail: 6 Takeaways From The Freeh Report

The Freeh Report spared nothing, from the Penn State leadership's handling of allegations against Jerry Sandusky to Joe Paterno's legacy.

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Joe Paterno's Family Releases New Statement After Freeh Report

The legacy of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno took a catastrophic hit Thursday upon the release of the investigative report by former FBI chief Louis Freeh, who found Paterno worked to "actively conceal" sex abuse allegations made against Jerry Sandusky. Paterno and three other PSU leaders "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade," Freeh found.

Paterno's family released a statement in defense of the fallen patriarch shortly after the report came out . The complete statement is below. There's also this:

We are in the process of reviewing the Freeh report and will need some time before we can comment in depth on its findings and conclusions. From the moment this crisis broke, Joe Paterno supported a comprehensive, fair investigation. He always believed, as we do, that the full truth should be uncovered.

From what we have been able to assess at this time, it appears that after reviewing 3 million documents and conducting more than 400 interviews, the underlying facts as summarized in the report are almost entirely consistent with what we understood them to be. The 1998 incident was reported to law enforcement and investigated. Joe Paterno reported what he was told about the 2001 incident to Penn State authorities and he believed it would be fully investigated. The investigation also confirmed that Sandusky's retirement in 1999 was unrelated to these events.

One great risk in this situation is a replaying of events from the last 15 years or so in a way that makes it look obvious what everyone must have known and should have done. The idea that any sane, responsible adult would knowingly cover up for a child predator is impossible to accept. The far more realistic conclusion is that many people didn't fully understand what was happening and underestimated or misinterpreted events. Sandusky was a great deceiver. He fooled everyone -- law enforcement, his family, coaches, players, neighbors, University officials, and everyone at Second Mile.

Joe Paterno wasn't perfect. He made mistakes and he regretted them. He is still the only leader to step forward and say that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. To think, however, that he would have protected Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity is simply not realistic. If Joe Paterno had understood what Sandusky was, a fear of bad publicity would not have factored into his actions.

We appreciate the effort that was put into this investigation. The issue we have with some of the conclusions is that they represent a judgment on motives and intentions and we think this is impossible. We have said from the beginning that Joe Paterno did not know Jerry Sandusky was a child predator. Moreover, Joe Paterno never interfered with any investigation. He immediately and accurately reported the incident he was told about in 2001.

It can be argued that Joe Paterno should have gone further. He should have pushed his superiors to see that they were doing their jobs. We accept this criticism. At the same time, Joe Paterno and everyone else knew that Sandusky had been repeatedly investigated by authorities who approved his multiple adoptions and foster children. Joe Paterno mistakenly believed that investigators, law enforcement officials, University leaders and others would properly and fully investigate any issue and proceed as the facts dictated.

This didn't happen and everyone shares the responsibility.

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Freeh Report: Joe Paterno, Penn State 'Failed To Protect' Children

The Freeh Report on Penn State's response to claims made against Jerry Sandusky in 1998 and 2001 has been released, painting a very unpleasant picture of the decisions made by Joe Paterno and other school leaders.

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Joe Paterno Knew About Jerry Sandusky In 1998, Penn State Freeh Report Alleges

You can go here to read the item commonly known as the Freeh Report in a moment or two, as it's set to be ready for public consumption. Deadspin also has documents believed to be preparation notes from the 10 a.m. ET press conference, which includes the line, "Yes, we believe it does," in response to the question, "Does the evidence support the termination of Coach Paterno?"

Additionally, Freeh released remarks on the occasion of the report's conclusion, detailing its process and highlighting some of the major findings, including Paterno's alleged awareness of the 1998 investigation into Jerry Sandusky's alleged sex abuse:

Working exceptionally hard in a very short amount of time for an investigation of this magnitude, my team conducted over 430 interviews of various individuals that included current and former University employees from various departments across the University, as well as current and past Trustees, former coaches, athletes and others in the community. We also analyzed over 3.5 million emails and other documents. The evidence found by our investigators included critical, contemporaneous correspondence from the times of these events. Our investigative team made independent discovery of critical 1998 and 2001 emails - the most important evidence in this investigation. We also confirmed, through our separate forensic review, that the correct year of the Sandusky sexual assault witnessed by Michael McQueary was 2001, and not 2002 as set forth in the original Grand Jury presentment ...

Some individuals declined to be interviewed. For example, on the advice of counsel, both Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz declined to be interviewed. Also, the Pennsylvania Attorney General requested that we not interview certain potential witnesses. We honored those requests. Mr. Paterno passed away before we had the opportunity to speak with him, although we did speak with some of his representatives. We believe that he was willing to speak with us and would have done so, but for his serious, deteriorating health. We were able to review and evaluate his grand jury testimony, his public statements, and notes and papers from his files that were provided to us by his attorney ...

The evidence shows that these four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to suspected sexual misconduct with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower. Again, they showed no concern about that victim. The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno's. At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley also failed to alert the Board of Trustees about the 1998 investigation or take any further action against Mr. Sandusky. None of them even spoke to Sandusky about his conduct. In short, nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.

The report, the result of an independent group led by former FBI chief Louis Freeh investigating and reviewing the circumstances at Penn State around Jerry Sandusky's decade-plus of abuse, has been in the works for months, and has been anticipated by media members and fans alike. One group less happy with the report's release? Joe Paterno's family, which released a statement expressing its displeasure with the endeavor.

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Tim Curley's Choice: Sell Out Joe Paterno And Penn State Football?

Joe Paterno can't defend himself in court. So might his former associates, who are facing perjury charges for failing to stop Jerry Sandusky from abusing children, dare to use that against him?

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2001 Penn State Officials Discussed Jerry Sandusky With Lawyers For 3 Hours

Following up on that damning CNN report in which emails between Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley and president Graham Spanier revealed a 2001 plan to keep sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky in-house, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports PSU higher-ups met for three hours with lawyers to discuss a "report of suspected child abuse."

From the Chronicle:

Top Pennsylvania State University officials held a three-hour meeting to discuss Jerry Sandusky in 2001 over concerns about the former coach's behavior with a boy in the football showers. A law-firm billing record from that conversation describes a "report of suspected child abuse," according to a person with knowledge of an independent investigation into the matter.

That's three hours of lawyering, at least two rounds of emails, at least one meeting with accuser Mike McQueary, one apparent meeting with Joe Paterno and a potential eventual sit-down with Sandusky himself, but not a single phone call to police or child welfare authorities. Unsurprisingly, Curley and Schultz face perjury charges.

The Chronicle also confirmed CNN's report of an email from Spanier which read, "The only downside for us is if the message isn't 'heard' and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it."

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Penn State Scandal: Explaining The Jerry Sandusky Appeals Process

We've got a long way to go here. While former Penn State higher-ups Gary Schultz and Tim Curley face perjury charges, and the school itself has a whole lot of settling to do, we're not even done with the Jerry Sandusky legal proceedings yet.

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Jerry Sandusky Coverup: Joe Paterno Mentioned In 2001 Penn State Emails

Emails by disgraced Penn State officials discussing Jerry Sandusky appear to reference Joe Paterno.

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Jerry Sandusky Found Guilty: Full Breakdown Of Charges

Jerry Sandusky was originally facing 52 counts of child sexual abuse. Friday, he was found guilty of 45 counts. Sandusky was facing 48 counts when the jury returned with a verdict after four chargers were dismissed during the trial.

During the trial, three charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse were dismissed as was one charge of unlawful contact with minors. When the verdict returned, Sandusky was found not guilty of one charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two charges of indecent assault.

Sandusky was found guilty of nine charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, six counts of indecent assault, nine counts of unlawful contact with minors, 10 counts of corruption of minors, 10 counts of endangering welfare of children and one count of criminal attempt to commit indecent assault.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial: More Victims Ready If Jury Acquits, According To Report

It appears quite likely the prosecution in the Jerry Sandusky case is confident of victory once the jury has finished deliberating. I don't know much about legal things, but this much does seem to be clear. However, just in case the jury acquits, NBC reports more victims are ready to come forward.

A transcript via Deadspin, from a story on Travis Weaver, a 30-year-old Ohio man who's the first alleged victim to speak publicly:

"He is now part of a second group of guys who came forward later, who did testify-he testified before a grand jury, prosecutors have his testimony, he's willing to testify in court. They're holding that group in case they need them, in case they get a not guilty verdict out of this current jury. They could potentially go after federal charges against Jerry Sandusky."

The feds are indeed interested in Sandusky, since he allegedly took boys across state lines on bowl game trips. Weaver alleges he was taken to the 1995 Rose Bowl against Oregon in California.

That's in addition to Matt Sandusky, the Penn State coach's adopted son, who likewise has said he was abused and was prepared to testify.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Joe Amendola Makes Closing Arguments

Joe Amendola, the lead attorney for Jerry Sandusky, has wrapped up his closing arguments in the sexual assault trial against the former Penn State coach. In his arguments, Amendola questioned the credibility of his client's accusers and claimed that the first victim set off a chain reaction that caused other children who were, in the opinion of Amendola, not actually assaulted by Sandusky to come forward.

"We believe there was a push when [alleged victim No. 1] came forward. This is a public figure. Let's see if we can get more kids. Let's see if we can move forward ... If he's such a monster, why didn't they arrest him in 2008? They didn't feel comfortable charging him until they had enough."

This is certainly an interesting argument by Amendola. It's not exactly uncommon for police to wait to arrest someone until they feel they have enough to make a case against them.

Amendola also questioned why, if his client is a serial pedophile, he was not accused of anything until the late 1990s. Sandusky is 68-years-old, and Amendola asked whether "Mr. Sandusky out of the blue becomes a pedophile? [It] doesn't make sense."

The prosecution will now present its closing arguments, and the jury is expected to go into deliberation on Thursday afternoon.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Prosecution To Rest Case Early As Troubling Testimony Continues

The state is prepared to rest its case against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky well ahead of schedule, judge John Cleland announced Thursday. A move meant to express the prosecution's confidence in its case, perhaps, despite a lack of any "smoking gun" or any more major surprise evidence?

It's a case that's only gotten more and more convincing, especially with Cleland's admission of hearsay testimony by former Penn State janitor Jim Calhoun, who can't testify due to suffering from dementia. As Dan Wetzel describes the scene, defense attorney Joe Amendola was unprepared for the testimony and struggled mightily to counter it, as Calhoun and his associates have no hypothetical financial motive whatsoever.

As their case wraps, yet another accuser -- "Victim 6" -- accused Sandusky of sexual assault in vivid detail. He said his mother went to law enforcement, but was unable to get an investigation started. A police detective said that encounter alone should've resulted in charges for Sandusky.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial: 'Victim 10' Alleges Threats After Sexual Assault

Day 3 of the Jerry Sandusky trial has brought more and more horrible testimony against the former Penn State coach, including allegations of threats after one episode of sexual assault. The accuser identified as "Victim 10" accused Sandusky of threatening him with isolation from family if he ever told, adding that Sandusky later told him he loved him.

Via the Associated Press:

The man, now 25 and called Victim 10 by prosecutors, told jurors Sandusky assaulted him in the basement of the former Penn State assistant football coach's State College home in the late 1990s, then threatened to keep him away from his biological family.

"He told me that if I ever told anyone that I'd never see my family again," the accuser testified, adding that he believed Sandusky's wife, Dottie, was home at the time.

"Victim 7" has also testified, describing in truly quease-inducing detail the effects of Sandusky's alleged molestation.

That particular threat alleged by "Victim 10" might be one of the most appalling claims yet, especially considering Sandusky's Second Mile charity was founded with the supposed mission of helping young boys with troubled family lives. According to the charge, Sandusky used the threat of actively worsening a family life just to keep sexual abuse quiet.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Mike McQueary Describes Intense Abuse Scene

Day 2 of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial concluded early after testimony by former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, who passed along to former head coach Joe Paterno an eyewitness account of Sandusky allegedly abusing a boy in the Nittany Lions' locker room in 2001. McQueary described the incident to the court Tuesday in very graphic detail, saying he slammed a locker door to try and break up the act before going upstairs to collect his thoughts.

McQueary was criticized early in the Sandusky story for apparently failing to stop the act and instead calling his father and Paterno, though he's maintained that he did cause it to halt. McQueary testified Tuesday that his father told him to leave the building immediately, which he did.

Earlier in the day, "Victim 1" broke down while describing the alleged abuse perpetrated by Sandusky.

Also, a social worker testified that Sandusky admitted to her that he'd had intimate contact with a boy, but that he "couldn't recall" whether he'd ever touched him sexually.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial: 'Victim 1' Breaks Down During Graphic Testimony

We're only in day No. 2 of the Jerry Sandusky sex assault trial, and details of alleged victim testimony are already becoming just about unbearable. A day after "Victim 4" described years of molestation and bribery by Sandusky, "Victim 1" took the stand, breaking down in tears while recounting some of the worst moments yet.

First, there's this:

And via The Associated Press:

The teen told the jury Sandusky would also initiate contact by blowing on his stomach and performed oral sex on him.

"I spaced,'' the alleged victim said. "I didn't know what to do with all the thoughts running through my head, I just kind of blacked out and didn't want it to happen. I froze.''

Sandusky didn't visibly react to the teen's account and looked straight ahead during his testimony.

"Victim 1" is the 18-year-old whose story helped launch the investigation that led to the grand jury report bombshell in the first place. He's the second of as many as eight young men who could testify against Sandusky during the trial.

Meanwhile, the defense's primary argument has been that each of the accusers is uniquely not credible and that money has played a role in their claims against the former Penn State coach.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Opening Statements Set Disturbing Stage

The Jerry Sandusky trial began with opening statements on Monday, and it very quickly got just as troubling as you've likely feared. From the prosecution's opening remarks, one of the worst details raised yet against the former Penn State assistant football coach:

But, as always, there's more, and it's always horrible:

As for what the defense can do to counter an apparent mountain of evidence raised against their client:

McQueary's story has indeed apparently changed over time, with the date of the witness he allegedly witnessed among the elements that's no longer the same. The defense will also have to make every other witness and alleged victim look much less than credible, however.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial's Jury Is So Penn State

We knew it was going to turn out like this, but it's still kind of amazing to look at how many ties to Penn State there are among the jurors in Jerry Sandusky's sex assault trial. In addition to the nine chosen Tuesday, which included a current Penn State student in addition to others with ties to the school, Wednesday's jurors added even more university associations to the complete jury.

From the AP's report:

... an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the school's continuing education program and a professor who has on the faculty for 24 years.

They also include a Penn State senior, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor's and master's degrees from the school and a woman who's been a football season ticket holder since the 1970s.

As for the one alternate who's been chosen:

This was all but bound to happen in State College, leading some to wish the trial had been held elsewhere.

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Jerry Sandusky 'Likely' To Also Face Federal Indictment, According To Report

The sex assault trial against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has barely even begun, with jury selection only starting up Tuesday morning, and there's already something else on the horizon. Philadelphia's ABC affiliate reports the federal investigation into Sandusky is "likely" about to lead to an indictment.

As detailed in the grand jury report from last year, one of Sandusky's alleged victims ("Victim 4") accompanied the coach across state lines to the 1998 Outback Bowl in Tampa and the 1999 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Crossing state lines makes the alleged ensuing sexual abuse a federal issue. Action News reports this is indeed the crux of the federal investigation.

The feds have reportedly been looking into Sandusky for more than three months now, though their interest also included Sandusky's Second Mile charity, according to the Patriot-News. This means there could be even more on the way here.

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Mike McQueary Intends To Sue Penn State

Mike McQueary, the former wide receivers coach for the Penn St. Nittany Lions, was a key witness who testified about Jerry Sandusky's alleged actions in the PSU locker room in 2001. After McQueary came forward as a witness in the case, he received death threats and was placed on administrative leave by the university.

Mike Dawson of the Centre Daily Times reports that McQueary has filed a notice of intent to sue Penn State. The notice is for a civil suit and was filed in county court on Tuesday.

The details of the suit are not immediately known but the case is referred to in the filed documents as a "whistleblower" lawsuit. Under United States law, employees who report on illegal activity are protected and should not be subject to reprisal or termination by the employer as a result of their testimony.

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Attorney General: Jerry Sandusky Abused 8 Victims On Penn State's Campus

According to a Thursday court filing by prosecutors, former Penn St. Nittany Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky had alleged sexual abuse victims that ranged from age eight to 17, and that instances involving eight boys occurred on the Penn State campus (via SI.com).

Via the attorney general's "bill of particulars," one boy was abused in Florida and Texas, while another was abused at his own school. The alleged assaults happened between 1996 to 2009 and ranged from Sandusky's home to the Penn State athletics facilities.

The document, which was produced thanks to a request by Sandusky's lawyer, discloses details of the allegations that might help them prepare a defense.

The 68-year-old Sandusky is confined to his home while he awaits trial on 52 criminal counts, all of which he denies guilt.

On Wednesday, a judge turned down Sandusky's request for a two-month delay and tentatively scheduled trial to begin with jury selection on May 14.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial Date Tentatively Set For May

The ongoing Jerry Sandusky case now has a tentative trial date: May 14, announced by judge John Cleland. The former Penn St. Nittany Lions coach, accused of sexually abusing young boys, has been going through a pretrial hearing this week.

Sandusky testified Friday at the hearing that he doesn't think it matters whether his jury is local to State College or composed of Pennsylvanians from elsewhere. Prosecutors want an out-of-county jury, while the defense wants to restrict jurors to nearer Penn State's campus.

Cleland also promised a swift ruling on Sandusky's request to see his grandchildren and heard complaints from prosecutors about Sandusky allegedly being spotted observing schoolchildren from his porch while on house arrest. The prosecution wants Sandusky to remain indoors except in the event of an emergency. The defense, of course, wants Sandusky to be able to leave his house.

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Joe Paterno's Death Means Testimony Can't Be Used In Perjury Cases

The passing of former Penn St. Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno is expected to have no impact on the cases against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who's accused of raping multiple young boys over the period of about a decade. But according to a New York Times report, the seven-minute testimony Paterno recorded and his testimony for the Sandusky grand jury can't be used in future proceedings against former admins Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who've been charged with perjury:

"Now that Paterno is deceased, this charge will have to stand only on the report by McQueary," said Geoff Moulton, a former federal prosecutor and an associate professor at Widener School of Law. "With respect to Victim 2 and the charges against Curley and Schultz, McQueary's testimony, which has always been critical, is even more so."

This damages the cases against Curley and Schultz, which now have to rely largely on the story of former graduate assistant Mike McQueary, whose story may have changed slightly over time. Plenty of other evidence should still be on the way against Sandusky, however, including expected testimony from multiple alleged victims.

Paterno had testified that he knew Sandusky had been accused of "inappropriate action."

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Joe Paterno's Death Leaves LaVar Arrington And Others With Lots Left To Say

As former Penn State Nittany Lions like LaVar Arrington deal with Joe Paterno's death, others are considering his legacy. The answer depends on whether you truly knew JoePa, or just what you were told.

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Mike McQueary Testifies He Saw Jerry Sandusky Having Intercourse With Boy

Mike McQueary, an assistant coach with the Penn State Nittany Lions, took to the stand to testify against former Penn State officials accused of lying to a grand jury about sexual abuse allegations against former coach Jerry Sandusky on Friday morning.

McQueary, a former graduate assistant, is the only adult witness on record to allege actually seeing Sandusky involved in the sexual abuse of young boys. The assistant coach was called to the stand early Friday morning to explain exactly what he saw Sandusky do and, according to the USA Today's liveblog of the incident, he testified that he witnessed Sandusky involved in actual intercourse with a young boy.

"I believe they were having some kind of intercourse. He moved toward shower and Sandusky separated from the boy. He didn't say anything and left. I was distraught. I was horrified," McQueary said. "I know they saw me. They both looked directly in my eyes, both of them."

McQueary then testified that he told head coach Joe Paterno was happened.

McQueary said over time that evening his decision was to call Joe Paterno and tell him what he saw. When asked why he told Paterno, McQueary said, "He's the head coach and he needs to know what's happening in there," USA TODAY's Audrey Snyder reports.

McQueary is the only known adult that has admitted to the grand jury that he saw Sandusky engaged in the sexual abuse claims, leaving his testimony as a rather key piece of the case against the former Penn State head coach.

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Jerry Sandusky Talks About Investigation, Joe Paterno

Jerry Sandusky denied allegations of sexual child abuse in an interview with the New York Times released Saturday. During the four-hour interview, Sandusky said that former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno never approached him about the investigations into Sandusky's relationship with children in 1998 and 2002.

"I never talked to him about either one," he said. "That's all I can say. I mean, I don't know."

Paterno was fired last month, in part for failing to notify the police after assistant coach Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant, allegedly caught Sandusky sodomizing a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers in 2002.

According to Sandusky, his relationships with kids was largely misunderstood.

"They've taken everything that I ever did for any young person and twisted it to say that my motives were sexual or whatever," Sandusky told the Times. "I had kid after kid after kid who might say I was a father figure. And they just twisted that all."

So far, eight alleged victims have come forward accusing Sandusky of sexual abuse. More audio from the interview can be found at the New York Times.

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Jerry Sandusky Investigation: New Alleged Victim Files First Civil Lawsuit Against Sandusky, Penn State

The Jerry Sandusky scandal has taken another turn as the investigation into the former Penn State football coach has now officially made its way into the courts system. A new alleged victim filed the first civil lawsuit on Wednesday morning, stating that he was sexually abused by the former Nittany Lions assistant "over one hundred times."

The new victim is only described in the lawsuit as being under 30 years of age and was referred to as John Doe throughout, but the suit notes that Sandusky met the boy in 1992 when he was 10 years old while participating in programs sponsored by the Second Mile foundation.

According to Lehigh Valley's The Morning Call, the new alleged victim is seeking in excess of $900,000 -- $100,000 from Sandusky, $400,000 from Penn State and $400,000 from The Second Mile.

The lawsuit is posted online (hat-tip to Andrew McGill) and says that Sandusky threatened the new alleged victim and his family if he told anyone about the abuse, forcing the victim to stay silent in the matter until the recent allegations emerged. The alleged victim also released a statement, presented by his lawyers at a press conference Wednesday:

I am the man in this lawsuit and I'm writing this statement and taking this action because I don't want other kids to be hurt and abused by Jerry Sandusky or anybody like Penn State to allow people like him to do it -- rape kids! I never told anybody what he did to me over 100 times at all kinds of places until the newspapers reported that he had abused other kids and the people at Penn State and Second Mile didn't do the things they should have to protect me and the other kids. I am hurting and have been for a long time because of what happened but feel now even more tormented that I have learned of so many other kids were abused after me. Now that I have told and done something about it I am feeling better and going to get help and work with the police. I want other people who have been hurt to know they can come forward and get help and help protect others in the future.

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Penn State NCAA Investigation: Jerry Sandusky Scandal Prompts Look Into 'Institutional Control'

NCAA president Mark Emmert has written a letter to new Penn State president Rodney Erickson, advising that an NCAA investigation into the Jerry Sandusky travesty is underway, which is quite an ambitious task for a rulebook that organizes a basketball tournament.

 A portion of the letter, though the entire document is available here:

I am writing to notify you that the NCAA will examine Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant responsible personnel. We recognize that there are ongoing federal and state investigations and the NCAA does not intend to interfere with those probes.

Emmert cites Article 2.1 of the NCAA Constitution, which declares, "it is the responsibility of each member institution to control its intercollegiate athletic program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association. The institution's president or chancellor is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the athletics program," including the actions of staff members.

After listing a pair of bylaws Penn State will need to show it hasn't broken, Emmert closes with a series of questions on the school's "institutional control" in relation to the Sandusky grand jury report. Penn State will have to submit their responses to the NCAA's inquiry by December 16. 

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Jerry Sandusky Interview: 'I Shouldn't Have Showered With Those Kids'

Jerry Sandusky declared his innocence Monday night, telling Bob Costas in a telephone interview aired on NBC's Rock Center that he is not a pedophile and has no sexual attraction to young boys. Sandusky did admit to showering with some of the children that he's worked with over the years, as well as physical "horseplay," but maintains it was always "without the intent of sexual contact."

"I say that I am innocent of those charges," he said.

"Innocent? Completely innocent, and falsely accused in every aspect?" Costas asked. 

"Well, I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids, I have showered after workouts," Sandusky replied. "I have hugged them and I have touched their leg without intent of sexual contact. So if you look at it that way, there are things that ... would be accurate."

Sandusky admitted that he showered with a young boy the night that Mike McQueary claims he saw Sandusky forcibly raping a child, but he denied there was any sexual activity. "I would say that that's false," he said.

As for what McQueary's motive to lie might be, Sandusky refused to speculate. "You'd have to ask him that," he said.

When Costas asked what actually happened that night, Sandusky replied: "OK, we were showering and horsing around, and he actually turned all the showers on and was actually sliding across the floor," he said. "And we were, as I recall, possibly like snapping a towel or horseplay."

That identity of the young boy was never discovered by the grand jury investigation, but Sandusky's attorney Joseph Amendola told Costas later in the program that he has identified that child, who apparently backs up Sandusky's version of events.  

"We expect we're going to have a number of kids, now how many of those so called eight kids, we're not sure, but we anticipate we're going to have at least several of those kids come forward and say, 'This never happened, this is me, this is the allegation, this never occurred,'" said Amendola. "In fact, one of the toughest allegations -- the McQueary allegation -- what McQueary said he saw, we have information that that child says that never happened."

"Until now," said Costas, "we were told that alleged victim could not be identified."

"Well, by the Commonwealth [of Pennsylvania]," said Amendola.

"You have identified him?" asked Costas.

"We think we have," said Amendola.

Costas also asked Sandusky about being confronted with the mother of one of his alleged victims in 1998. 

"During one of those conversations you said, 'I understand, I was wrong, I wish I could get forgiveness speaking now with a mother, I know I won't get it from you, I wish I were dead,'" Costas said. "A guy falsely accused, or a guy whose actions have been misinterpreted doesn't respond that way, does he?"

"I don't know, I didn't say to my recollection that I wish I were dead," Sandusky said. "I was hopeful that we could reconcile things."

In 2000, a janitor told his supervisor that he saw Sandusky performing oral sex on a young boy in the showers of Penn State's athletic facility, another charge that Sandusky flatly denied. 

"It seems that if all of these accusations are false, you are the unluckiest and most persecuted man that any of us has ever heard about," Costas said.

"I don't know what you want me to say," Sandusky replied. "I don't think that these have been the best days of my life."

Sandusky denied that Joe Paterno, Penn State's former head coach who was fired in the wake of the grand jury presentment, ever spoke to him about the allegations. He's also disturbed by the turmoil that's surrounded his former school in the wake of his arrest. 

"How would you think that I would feel about a university that I attended, about people that I worked with, about people that I care so much about, how do you think i would feel about it? I feel horrible," he said.

"Do you feel guilty?" Costas asked. "Do you feel as if its your fault?"

"No, I don't think it's my fault. I obviously played a part in this," Sandusky said.

"How would you define the part that you played?" Costas asked. "What are you willing to concede that you've done that was wrong and you wish you had not done it?"

"Well, in retrospect, I shouldn't have showered with those kids."

Near the end of the interview, Costas asked Sandusky if he was sexually attracted to young boys. Sandusky repeated the question before answering. 

"Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. I ... but no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys."

Costas ended his interview by telling Sandusky that while he's presumed innocent in court, a lot of people have looked at the mountain of evidence working against him and have already made up their mind. "Millions of Americans who didn't know Jerry Sandusky's name until a week ago now regard you not only as a criminal, and I say this in I think a considered way, but as some sort of monster. How do you respond them?"

"I don't know what I can say, or what I could say, that would make anybody feel any different now," Sandusky said. "I would just say that as somehow people could hang on until my attorney has a chance to fight, you know, for my innocence. That's about all I could ask right now. Obviously it's a huge challenge."

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Mike McQueary Claims He Stopped Jerry Sandusky After Witnessing Abuse, According To Report

Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary, who allegedly witnessed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in the showers of the school's athletic center in 2002, told friends and former teammates in an email last week that he "made sure it stopped," according to Peter Alexander of NBC Nightly News. McQueary, who hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing, has also reportedly hired a lawyer.

The grand jury presentment released on Nov. 5 seemed to indicate that McQueary saw Sandusky but left without stopping the abuse before phoning his father for advice and informing Joe Paterno. He hasn't spoken publicly about the incident but has been the target of public criticism for his apparent inaction -- including from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who launched the investigation into Sandusky while serving as the state's Attorney General. From the email obtained by NBC Nightly News:

I did the right thing...you guys know me...the truth is not out there fully...I didn't just turn and run...I made sure it stopped...I had to make quick tough decisions.

Alexander's report, which aired Monday evening, is embedded below:

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NCAA Comments On Penn State Scandal: 'We Will Determine Whether Bylaws Were Violated'

To some surprise, NCAA president Mark Emmert has commented on the disaster unfolding at Penn State University. Most had assumed Jerry Sandusky's alleged crime spree and the resulting apparent cover-up were outside of the NCAA's realm, but it looks like Emmert at least wants to make sure that's the case.

Here's Emmert:

Regarding the ongoing Penn State criminal investigation, the NCAA is actively monitoring developments and assessing appropriate steps moving forward. The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes. As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether Association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. To be clear, civil and criminal law will always take precedence over Association rules.    

Penn State's mistakes didn't involve student-athletes, so it's hard to say exactly what the NCAA could rule on here. But as long as Penn State wants to play by the NCAA's rules, the NCAA can sort of do whatever it wants. The NCAA can't make Penn State shutter its football program, but it could find a reason to refuse to sanction it for a time, if it wanted to.

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Tom Bradley Press Conference: Mike McQueary To Remain As Coach

Tom Bradley, longtime Penn St. Nittany Lions defensive coordinator, was introduced as the team's interim coach at a Thursday morning press conference. Bradley is taking over for Joe Paterno, who you may have heard has coached in Happy Valley for 61 years. Paterno was fired Wednesday night due to the ongoing Jerry Sandusky scandal.

"I take this job with very mixed emotions," Bradley said, seated in front of a blue Nittany Lions backdrop and wearing a gold tie. He mentioned team meetings, hearing from former players who will attend on Saturday, planned meetings with recruits, and a captains' gathering in preparation of the Nebraska game.

"The football part, we'll get working on that right away," Bradley said, "For now, you should know our team's thoughts and prayers are with those children and their families."

Bradley said Mike McQueary, the former GA who reported the 2002 Sandusky allegation to Paterno, will remain in his capacity as an assistant, but didn't say where he'd be positioned in the stadium. He also declared Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden will take over as co-coordinators on defense.

When asked about whether Penn State will play any games after the Nebraska game, he boggled a little bit. "What do you mean?" he said, eventually saying the rest of the season is up to the school's administration, but he hopes to finish it out. He said canceling games hasn't been discussed.

"Joe Paterno has meant more to me than anybody but my father," Bradley said, adding that he's comfortably coached on the sideline before with Paterno either in the press box or unavailable.

He also said, "Coach Paterno will go down in history as one of the greatest men -- most of you know him as a football coach -- I've had the privilege to work with him. He's had a dynamic impact on so many, so many -- I'll say I, so many -- people and player's lives. I'm proud to say that I worked with him."

He was asked many times about Paterno's exit, but declined to comment on the investigation, Sandusky, McQueary's role, his own future as a potential non-interim coach, Paterno's firing and so forth, deferring the McQueary question to acting athletic director Mark Sherburne.

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VIDEO: Joe Paterno Fired, Penn State Board Makes Official

Penn State University's Board of Trustees held a 10 pm ET post-meeting press conference to discuss next steps in the school's ongoing attempt to dig itself out of the Jerry Sandusky muck. The biggest news: yes, 61-year Penn St. Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno will not retire at the end of the season, pushed out by a unanimous board vote. He won't coach another game, meaning he's been fired, and was notified over the phone "earlier this evening."

He'll be replaced in the interim by Tom Bradley, longtime defensive coordinator. Mike McQueary, the former graduate assistant-turned-assistant coach who alerted Paterno to an alleged sex crime committed by Jerry Sandusky, will not see his status change.

President Graham Spanier, as expected, was also announced as having resigned. He appears to have accepted his fate more willingly than did Paterno, who earlier in the day insisted the Board not waste its time discussing his future.

An attempt at a live transcript of the press conference's opening remarks:

Dr. Spanier is no longer president of the university. In addition, Joe Paterno is no longer the football coach. Effective immediately.

These decisions were made after careful deliberation and in the best interest of the university as a whole. Penn State always strives for the highest moral standards in all of our activities. We promise we are committed to restoring public trust in our university.

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Joe Paterno Fired, Tom Bradley Named Penn State Interim Coach, According To Report

Penn St. Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno will not coach another game, according to Jim Gardner of ABC's affiliate on the scene of Wednesday night's board of trustees meeting. Tom Bradley will take over as Penn State's interim coach, according to Gardner.

Jim Gardner@Jim_Gardner Assistant coach, Tom Bradley is interim coach. #PSUcharges

Bradley is Penn State's defensive coordinator. He grew up in Pennsylvania and played defensive back for Paterno in the mid-'70s, and has been considered a potential successor along the way. He took over for Jerry Sandusky in 1999.

The Nittany Lions have three regular season games left, starting this Saturday at home against Nebraska. Paterno had planned to finish out the season, but forced the board of trustees to make the final decision on his future.

For the latest updates on the Sandusky story and the fallout, be sure to follow this StoryStream. For the Penn State perspective of the ordeal, be sure to check out Black Shoe Diaries.

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Joe Paterno Announces Retirement: 'I Wish I Had Done More'

Penn St. Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno announced the end of his 61-year career in Happy Valley in a statement released Wednesday. After the news was reported by the Associated Press and confirmed by son Scott Paterno, the coach himself said a few words.

Defenders will note the portion about hindsight, while critics will parse Paterno's call for the Penn State Board of Trustees to devote their energies to more pressing matters. It's important to note Paterno hasn't met with the Board yet, and there's no guarantee he'll be allowed to finish out the season once they decide on a course of action.

I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

That's why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.    

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Follow all of SB Nation's coverage of the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

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Joe Paterno On Way Out As Penn State Football Coach, According To Report

The Penn St. Nittany Lions football program is crumbling. It's no surprise to see the New York Times reporting longtime legend Joe Paterno will not remain in his position for much longer. The Jerry Sandusky scandal and cover-up is simply going to be too much for anyone connected to the program to survive. Everything must be burned down.

A Tuesday press conference, at which Paterno was supposed to address nothing but football, has been canceled after it became clear absolutely nobody wants to talk about Penn State football right now.

Paterno's exit has been pending for literally decades now. This is not the way anyone ever dreamed he'd go out. From calls for his immediate firing to calls for him to resign at the end of the year, it's the only way the Paterno regime can possibly end.

Typed this through tears. This is a disaster, with at least eight victims plus hundreds of thousands affected in some way, and not a single person has yet offered to take charge of the cleanup or explain what went wrong.

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Follow along here for updates on the Jerry Sandusky case.

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Tim Curley Arrested On Perjury Charges In Jerry Sandusky Coverup Case

Penn St. Nittany Lions athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have surrendered to police on charges of perjury and failure to report abuse, the Associated Press has reported. Curley was charged for his failure to notify law enforcement about allegations raised against then-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

The AD was placed on administrative leave Sunday night after an emergency meeting of the university's board of trustees. There will be another trustees meeting on Friday, which will be attended by Pennsylvania's governor.

Both Curley and Schultz had the chance to make it known that Sandusky had been accused of molesting a child on Penn State's campus. In 1998, an in-house investigation into another allegation against Sandusky didn't make it beyond campus walls.

Football coach Joe Paterno has not been charged and is not a target, the state's attorney general has announced.

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Follow along here for updates on the Jerry Sandusky case.

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Jerry Sandusky Case: Joe Paterno Releases Statement Denying Knowledge Of Specifics

Statements from those involved in the allegations levied against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky continue to trickle out, and Joe Paterno is the latest to tell his side of the story. Sandusky was charged with dozens of counts of child molestation for incidents allegedly involving eight different young males over a 10-year span in the 90s and 2000s.

Paterno was told of an incident involving Sandusky and a young male in 2002, and forwarded the case to his superiors at Penn State. But since the allegations came to light, Paterno has come under fire for failing to do more to prevent further abuse.

In addition to expressing shock and surprise about the allegations levied against Sandusky, Paterno admitted being told of an incident in the Penn State locker room shower, but denied knowing specifics in a statement on Sunday.

As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.

The full statement can be read here.

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Jerry Sandusky Case: Mike McQueary, Current Penn State Assistant, Identified As Eyewitness

Current Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary has been identified as the unnamed 28-year-old graduate assistant the Pennsylvania Attorney General described witnessing former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in the showers of Penn State's athletic facility, according to PennLive.com

McQueary told Joe Paterno what he witnessed, and Paterno informed athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz.  Curley and Schultz then waited 10 days to speak with McQueary, ultimately deciding not to report the incident to the police.

When Curley and Schultz were questioned about the meeting by a grand jury, their accounts of the conversation differed greatly from those of Paterno and McQueary. From PennLive.com:

Their testimony of what happened in 2002 -- when now-assistant coach Mike McQueary said he witnessed Sandusky in a sex act with a boy in a shower -- contradicts that of Paterno and McQueary.

In the presentment, jurors wrote that McQueary -- identified in the presentment only as a 28-year-old graduate assistant -- was credible but Schultz and Curley were not.

Several sources have identified that witness as McQueary.

Curley and Schultz deny they were told that McQueary witnessed a sex act, instead claiming they were told Sandusky was "horsing around," and that the incident was "not that serious." They have been charged with perjury and failure to report. Sandusky, meanwhile, faces dozens of sex crime charges, and if convicted will face life in prison.

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