Monday, July 23, 2012
The NCAA imposed $60 million fine, reduced scholarships, and banned bowl appearances.
Stopping short of cancelling the season, the NCAA Monday imposed severe, wide-ranging sanctions against Penn State football in light of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. “This is just an unprecedented, painful chapter in the history of intercollegiate athletics,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. The sanctions include: The NCAA also will require Penn State to employ a chief compliance officer. The NCAA will select an ethics integrity monitor who will report to the NCAA as well as to Penn State and the university’s trustees as to the school’s progress. Also Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced its own sanctions, saying Penn State is not allowed to share the conference's bowl revenues while it's serving the NCAA's postseason ban…
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Take our poll and let us know whether you agree with the decision to remove the statue honoring the legendary late coach—in the wake of the Sandusky scandal and Freeh report.
Once one of the most revered coaches in the NCAA, the legendary Joe Paterno was honored on Penn State's campus about a decade ago with a bronze statue that's become a landmark. But in the wake of the Sandusky scandal and the subsequent Freeh report, Penn State removed the statue at dawn on Sunday. Fox News reported earlier this week that some Penn State students had begun a vigil to protect the statue from vandalism. CNN reported that a small plane flew around the Penn State campus on Tuesday carrying a banner that read, "Take the Statue Down or We Will." Other tributes to the much-honored former coach have begun to fall. This week, Paterno's alma mater, Brown University, removed his name from its annual award to the outstanding male …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Pennsylvania Republican told The Associated Press that he "hopes the case helps people recognize that everyone has an obligation to report child sex abuse."
More than four hours after the Freeh report was made public on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett refused to comment on the matter but spoke to The Associated Press regarding a former probe conducted partially under his watch during his own tenure as attorney general—defending it. Corbett, who refused to comment on the most recent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal because he hadn't read the report yet, said that he hopes that the case helps people to recognize that everyone has an obligation to report child sex abuse, according to the AP as reported by PennLive. In defense of the probe that began under his watch as attorney general, Corbett told the AP that it took "a monster" off the street. Later, Corbett said that …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Here's the anticipated investigative report into how Penn State University handled the Sandusky sex scandal—and the recommendations made to the school.
When Penn State officials learned of disturbing allegations of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky in the football training building in February 2001, they initially discussed going to state authorities with the information. But after further discussion—and despite a similar allegation levied against Sandusky three years earlier—the school officials and football coach Joe Paterno instead decided to close ranks and offer him “professional help” while also restricting him from entering school facilities with children. The cover-up continued for another decade with former Penn State President Graham Spanier even refusing to discuss the situation with school Board of Trustees after Sandusky was charged in November 2011. The details that emerged …
See where you can read the entire report, and watch Freeh's news conference.
Four high-ranking Penn State University officials, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s contact with young boys, according to an independent investigation released this morning. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his investigators today released their findings into what Penn State Univerisity officials knew about the child sexual abuse scandal involving retired football coach Jerry Sandusky. Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, were retained in November 2011 on behalf of the Special Investigations Task Force of the Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University to conduct the independent investigation. The entire report was made be available …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
ABC News reports that the longtime Penn State football coach died on Sunday.
Venerable former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno died earlier today, ABC News has reported. Paterno's death comes months after a sex scandal rocked Penn State and prompted his firing. "It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," Paterno's family said in a statement that ABC News reported. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled." Paterno's death had been prematurely reported by some media outlets on Saturday night. This article originally appeared on the Canon-McMillan Patch. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Here's a roundup of the region's top stories for Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Here are today's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Joe Paterno's Full Resignation Statement Majority Vote Says 'No' to Drill Ban Referendum Pittsburgh Voters Say 'Yes' to Library Tax Whitehall Policeman Chases Down Burglary Suspect on Foot; Suspect Climbed onto Roof McLaughlin Run Bridge Now Open
'With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.' - Joe Paterno
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
UPDATE: Paterno has been fired, effective immediately. Below is the full statement that Penn State University's Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno released on Wednesday announcing that he will retire at the end of his team's current season: "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, (Penn State's) Board of Trustees …