March 22, 2015 |
A complaint filed this week served as a reminder that the legal battles over the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal are far from over. At least seven civil cases as well as criminal complaints against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators are pending. A January settlement between the NCAA and a Pennsylvania state legislator restored 111 of former head football coach Joe Paterno's wins and replaced the consent decree that defined penalties against the university.
March 20, 2015 |
A former FBI director and Pennsylvania State University used then-president Graham B. Spanier as the scapegoat when the school needed someone to take the fall for Jerry Sandusky's years of child molestation, Spanier contends in a suit filed Wednesday. Spanier's complaint alleged that Louis Freeh defamed him in a 2012 report that asserted that he ignored information that Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, sexually abused children, in some cases on school grounds. Spanier was "never aware of any child abuse accusations," the long-awaited suit, filed in Centre County, states, adding that he hardly knew Sandusky.
February 14, 2015 |
Former Pennsylvania State University administrators awaiting trial on perjury and conspiracy charges related to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal are challenging a judge's ruling that the school's former top lawyer can testify against them. Lawyers for Gary Schultz, the school's former vice president, and Tim Curley, the former athletic director, on Thursday filed notices to appeal a Dauphin County judge's decision that Penn State's former chief counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, did not violate attorney-client privilege when she represented the university in front of a grand jury investigating the Sandusky case in 2012.
January 20, 2015
I HOPE THERE'S a wire service in the afterlife. I hope there's some celestial Internet cafe where the departed (regardless of their ultimate destinations) can access news about those of us they've left behind. For instance, I'd love it if the monsters who murdered the journalists at Charlie Hebdo could take a moment from baking in eternal hellfire to see how their acts only strengthened our resolve to speak out against intolerance. Similarly, I hope the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. can recognize, from his lofty perch in heaven atop his beloved mountain, how his awesome presence still resonates in the world.
January 19, 2015 |
After two years of criticism, and facing a trial that could have shone a spotlight on its internal deliberations, the NCAA on Friday agreed to restructure the sanctions on Pennsylvania State University and restore the 111 victories it stripped from Joe Paterno's record after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The deal, approved in separate meetings by Penn State trustees and the NCAA board of governors, keeps the $60 million fine intact, but allows the university and state to spend it on child protection services in Pennsylvania.
January 18, 2015 |
Like so many of the victories restored to his resume on Friday, the response from former Penn State players to Joe Paterno's posthumous redemption was easy to forecast. Via interviews and social media, Nittany Lions players reacted to the news about their ex-coach with relief and satisfaction. "It was only a matter of time," tweeted Mike McGloin, the Paterno-recruited quarterback now with the Oakland Raiders. "Now this [a photo of the Paterno statue school officials removed] needs to be put back.
January 18, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE - A college student, with earbuds in and a backpack thrown over one shoulder, walked by Cafe 210 West - a Penn State bar - and smiled. "Cafe," as it's affectionately known, had changed its outside sign from "Cafe 210 West" to "Cafe 409 West. " The number 409 has a deep meaning in Happy Valley; it's the number of wins late former football coach Joe Paterno earned before the NCAA vacated 112 victories (111 of them Paterno's) from 1998 through 2011 as part of the sanctions that resulted from the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.
January 15, 2015 |
Time always allows the most complete story to be told when a historic event occurs. Days, weeks, months and years give us a chance to digest, investigate and take a step back from the initial emotions and accusations. The more information, the better the understanding of what took place and why. Few stories, if any, in the history of sports were as raw, shocking and long lasting as the events that took place at State College, Pa., in the autumn of 2011. Once the early November news broke that longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had been indicted on sex-abuse charges, things moved so fast it was impossible to keep up. Joe Paterno went from the pristine king of all college football coaches to a man forced to vacate his throne in just five days.
January 14, 2015 |
The NCAA, state officials, and Pennsylvania State University are in talks to reconsider the historic punishment imposed on the school stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, a step that could include restoring 111 victories stripped from the late football coach Joe Paterno's record, according to people familiar with the discussions. Also under consideration is a proposal to have the state and the university use the $60 million fine levied by the NCAA, the major organizing body for college sports, for child protection, said the sources.