Though it had little to do with any kind of athletic contest, the Penn State scandal rocked the sports world in 2011. To no one's surprise, the Associated Press has named the scandal their No. 1 sports story of the year. What started with a grand jury indictment of Jerry Sandusky in early November blew up into a massive story that featured Joe Paterno's firing, a riot, more victims coming forward and perjury charges for Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.
The saga is still ongoing and will continue to make headlines into 2012. Hearings just recently began in the Sandusky case, featuring further testimony from Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Mike McQueary, who says he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy on the Penn State campus.
Also making the AP's top 10 list were the NBA and NFL lockouts, the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory, NCAA conference realignment, the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series win, the Ohio State football scandal, the Dallas Mavericks' NBA championship, Dan Wheldon's death, the Bernie Fine investigation and the FIFA Women's World Cup.