September 8, 2014 |
The second annual report from former Sen. George Mitchell describing Penn State's progress in complying with provisions of the consent decree agreed to in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal is scheduled to be released Monday. A spokesman at Mitchell's law firm, DLA Piper of New York, confirmed the timing of the report. Mitchell, who was named Penn State's athletics integrity monitor after the NCAA sanctions were handed down in July 2012, issued his first annual report last September.
August 27, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The new president of Pennsylvania State University said Monday that the school should be "rewarded" for establishing what he said was the best compliance and sports ethics program nationwide following the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, but stopped short of calling for a reduction of NCAA penalties. Speaking to reporters after a monthly press luncheon in Harrisburg, Eric Barron was asked whether he believed the NCAA's sanctions, including $60 million in fines, should be reviewed.
August 26, 2014 |
James Franklin landed at University Park Airport on Jan. 11 brimming with excitement as he prepared to become Penn State's new head football coach. In the 71/2 months since, he has impressed the citizens of Nittany Nation with his enthusiasm, his energy, his sense of humor, and his skill at convincing high school recruits to come to Happy Valley. However, Franklin now faces the daunting task next weekend of actually coaching Penn State in a game for the first time. And the chips are stacked against him. This was the year that the NCAA sanctions of July 23, 2012, were supposed to put a choke hold on the Nittany Lions' program, a direct effect of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal.
August 13, 2014 |
A special Pennsylvania State Universit y trustee meeting Wednesday - meant to consider possible challenges to the school's 2012 NCAA sanctions and $60 million fine - will be the first time all the school's trustees get together to review that painful, costly, divisive deal. So says Albert Lord , the former Sallie Mae chairman and CEO who is one of this year's new crop of elected Penn State board of trustees. In a letter to "alumni and friends" of Penn State, Lord and the eight other trustees, elected by graduates since 2012, say a revised agreement "must terminate the Consent Decree and all sanctions, acknowledge the NCAA's responsibility for its errors, and return all funds to the University.
May 15, 2014 |
For the first time since the NCAA imposed sanctions on Penn State nearly two years ago, the Nittany Lions have a full complement of 25 scholarships to give to the incoming freshman class of 2015. That still might not be enough for first-year coach James Franklin, who has gotten off to a quick start in recruiting, with oral commitments from 16 players. Because of NCAA sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Nittany Lions still will be five scholarships short of the maximum of 85 allowed to Division I teams in 2015.
January 2, 2014 |
Bill O'Brien never wanted to be a savior. Mission accomplished. There will be no statue of O'Brien outside Beaver Stadium, no talk of renaming buildings for the coach who is leaving Penn State for the Houston Texans after just two seasons. O'Brien's outstanding contribution in his two seasons in State College is that he put his head down and coached football and didn't allow Penn State to sink to the depths of the Big Ten despite NCAA sanctions that tied one hand behind Penn State's back.
January 2, 2014 |
After guiding Penn State to two winning seasons despite crippling NCAA sanctions, coach Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to become head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans, according to several news outlets. The news was first reported late Tuesday night by ESPN, which quoted league sources. The Houston Chronicle said the agreement would be announced formally on Thursday and that O'Brien would be in attendance. There was no word on the length of the contract nor how much it will pay O'Brien, 44. The coach is on the hook for a buyout of close to $6.7 million, presumably to be taken care of by Houston, to get out of his Penn State contract, which still had 31/2 years left to run. The NFL Network quoted sources that said O'Brien agreed to the deal right at the deadline the Texans had set. O'Brien led Penn State to a 15-9 record in his two seasons, with his final game an upset victory at Wisconsin.
November 28, 2013 |
On a steamy August afternoon in the New Jersey Meadowlands, Christian Hackenberg ran through the tunnel at Met Life Stadium seeking to make the transition from promising high school quarterback to Penn State freshman on whose right arm rides the hopes of Nittany Nation. Less than three months after graduating from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, Hackenberg made it look almost seamless on opening day when in fact, it wasn't. "It was tough for me, I think, just trying to understand the bigness of the stages that I was stepping into," he said Tuesday.
November 25, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A nasty wind began howling before the temperature started dropping, and snow squalls kept passing through. The bundled-up masses inside Beaver Stadium on Saturday could have saved their body temperature a degree or two by showing up late in the day. They had to know nothing would be decided until after dark. For the third time in four Big Ten home games, Penn State took things to overtime. This time, a Nittany Lions field goal attempt in OT faded right. A Nebraska field goal attempt from the same 37-yard distance was good . . . but no. False start on Nebraska.
September 27, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State scored a major off-the-field victory Tuesday when the NCAA announced it would gradually return scholarships to the school's football program. The announcement was music to the ears of Bill O'Brien and will undoubtedly help future teams. But the head coach had a message for his current squad Tuesday: Keep focusing on the present. "We'll talk about it briefly and then we'll move on to getting ready for our practice [Tuesday] and trying to get ready for a really, really tough Indiana team next week," O'Brien said 2 hours after the news broke.