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December 8, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
A PERSON CLOSE to Joe Paterno's family has told the Associated Press the former Penn State football coach is undergoing treatments and progressing after being diagnosed last month with lung cancer. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Paterno's son, Scott, last month requested privacy for the family after revealing that doctors discovered his father's treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness. School trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
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October 9, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A youngster grows up with a single athletic purpose: He wants to play linebacker at Penn State. His high school coach, recognizing the youngster's physical talent, asks him to play quarterback. But the boy wants to hone his skills at linebacker so he can move on to Penn State to do the same. No thank you, he says to the coach. Penn State recruits him as a linebacker after he has made just about every high school all-America team that matters. The plan is still intact - until three days before his first game as a freshman.
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February 13, 1986 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's football program, thought to be on wobbly knees before its surprising 1985 season, apparently landed a second straight recruiting bonanza yesterday when the Nittany Lions signed 16 players, five of whom were rated among the top 100 scholastic prospects in the nation by the Terranova Report, a national scouting service. Meanwhile, Pitt and Notre Dame, two of the main rivals on the Nittany Lions' 1986 schedule, followed different tracks as the Panthers went for "skill position" players and Notre Dame stocked up with beefy linemen.
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July 26, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's a humid Wednesday night in July, and at least 50 young people are lined up outside a jam-packed bar called the Gingerbread Man, waiting to get inside for half-price drinks. The artist formerly known as Prince blares from the sound system inside. A young male voice from the crowd booms toward the two bulked-up bouncers at the door: "Let us in! This is how riots get started!" It is just a joke, but no one laughs. Two weeks ago, Beaver Avenue, around the corner, made history as the site of the worst riot in Pennsylvania State University history.
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February 12, 2012 | By J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
All Jamil Pollard knew about his signing-day ceremony was that he needed to bring a Penn State sweatshirt, and that his parents should be there. When the 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle walked into the small gym at West Deptford High on Feb. 1, his parents were there as planned, but their stern expressions indicated this might not be such a joyous occasion after all. They had already been told that Pollard's most recent grades had fallen short, putting his college future in doubt.
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January 14, 2015 | By Susan Snyder and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Penn State's limit on scholarships was like "an anchor around your neck. " But the anchor proved futile in limiting Penn State. First-year coach James Franklin quickly assembled a 2015 recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 by several recruiting services. Imagine what Franklin and his staff might be able to do now that the anchor was lifted Monday when the NCAA decided to drop the sanctions it levied in 2012 against Penn State.
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May 20, 2011
Penn State and Northwestern will meet in one of the Big Ten Network's seven prime-time football games in the upcoming season. The Nittany Lions and Wildcats will play on Oct. 22 at Northwestern's Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., at 7 p.m. It will be the first prime-time matchup between the schools. Penn State leads the series, 11-3. It is Penn State's first game to have an announced time, and means the Lions will be playing at least one prime-time regular-season game for the 12th consecutive season.
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November 17, 2013
When: Saturday at noon Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa. Records: Purdue (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten); Penn State (5-4, 2-3) TV/Radio: Big Ten Network; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Purdue, Darrell Hazell (first season, 1-8). Penn State, Bill O'Brien (second season, 13-8) Series: Penn State leads 12-3-1. Eight of the wins have been vacated by NCAA sanctions. THREE THINGS TO WATCH Penn State's Bill Belton (201 yards vs. Illinois)
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January 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBORO, Mass. - It was hard to imagine that Bill O'Brien's transition from Patriots offensive coordinator to Penn State head coach could get any more delicate. But his task grew even more fraught with emotion Sunday when Joe Paterno died, leaving O'Brien to not only replace a legend but to do so while Penn State fans mourn their lionized coach. Paterno's death Sunday morning came as O'Brien prepared for the AFC championship game here, getting ready to help the Patriots reach the Super Bowl.
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January 18, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - They gathered to celebrate Joe Paterno's 409 wins. But the most vocal at a rally at Pennsylvania State University on Friday night made it clear they were not yet satisfied. Chants of "We want the statue" punctuated the peaceful night, as several hundred people celebrated Friday's announcement that the NCAA's consent decree - which levied strict sanctions on the football program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal - would be altered and 111 previously vacated Paterno wins from 1998 to 2012 would be restored.
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January 18, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Isiah Perkins became Williamstown High School's quarterback as a senior and learned on the fly as the orchestrator of the Braves' new no-huddle, spread offense. He became an expert in making quick decisions. Except when it comes to his college destination. "I'm keeping my options open," Perkins said Friday. A senior who has been recruited mostly as a defensive back, Perkins has offers from five colleges: Villanova, Bucknell, Marist, New Hampshire and Sacred Heart. The 6-0, 180-pound Perkins made a recruiting visit to Sacred Heart last weekend and was scheduled to travel this weekend to New Hampshire.
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January 18, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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January 17, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adam Taliaferro, known for his against-the-odds recovery after a spinal-cord injury as a Pennsylvania State University football player, has been selected to fill former New Jersey Assemblywoman Celeste Riley's seat, Democratic officials said Thursday. Taliaferro, a Gloucester County freeholder, received endorsements from the Democratic committees in Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties to fill the Third District seat. "This opportunity arose, and for me, it was truly an exciting opportunity to really expand what we've been doing on the freeholder level, to bring it up to the state level," said Taliaferro, 33, of Woolwich.
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January 17, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Angela Couloumbis, and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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January 14, 2015 | By Susan Snyder and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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January 14, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Two months ago, State Sen. Jake Corman returned a call to his office and shared his disbelief over the power and presumptuousness of the NCAA. After the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal, the NCAA and Penn State had agreed in 2012 to a consent decree that was born of the details released in the Freeh report and that was withering in its effects: a $60 million fine, the vacating of 111 victories under coach Joe Paterno, a ban from postseason play,...
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January 12, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A second-half run sent the No. 22-ranked Princeton women to an 83-54 victory Saturday over visiting Penn in their Ivy League opener at Jadwin Gym. The win was revenge for the Tigers (17-0 overall), who lost the league title to Penn in the final game of the regular season last year. Blake Dietrick scored 22 points, including the 1,000th of her career, for Princeton. Kara Bonenberger finished with a season-high 21 points and a team-best seven rebounds for the Quakers (7-5). Massachusetts 65, St. Joseph's 47 - With just eight players in uniform because of injuries, the Hawks dropped their first Atlantic 10 Conference home game, falling to the Minutewomen (7-8, 1-2 A-10)
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January 12, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bank president who led Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal has resigned, citing conflicting business demands. Karen Peetz, president of BNY Mellon in New York, will leave the board effective Thursday, one day before the board's next scheduled meeting in State College, board chair Keith Masser said in an e-mail to trustees Friday. As her final act as a trustee, she will chair a board committee meeting Thursday on audit and risk.
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January 10, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Considering the success Bob Shoop enjoyed in his first season as Penn State's defensive coordinator, it seemed only natural that a program with deep pockets, such as Louisiana State, would reach out and try to persuade him to go south. Shoop said he was "flattered" by the attention, but he decided Wednesday night that he would stay at Penn State, and informed his followers on Twitter. Fox Sports reported Thursday that Shoop, who is originally from Oakmont, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, had a good incentive for staying - a new three-year deal worth about $1 million annually.
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