May 21, 2016 |
Katie O'Donnell watched her first NCAA lacrosse tournament from a stroller. Her mother, Jen, a former West Chester lacrosse player and referee, carted her daughter to games as a toddler. When she got older, Katie O'Donnell remembers sitting on the sidelines, enamored watching the University of Virginia's Amy Appelt speed across the field. O'Donnell isn't on the sidelines anymore. The sophomore midfielder for Penn State has played a key role in the team's success so far in the NCAA tournament.
May 20, 2016 |
Former football players at Pennsylvania State University and five other schools filed suit this week alleging that the institutions and the NCAA failed to protect them from concussion and other head injury, putting them at risk of long-term cognitive decline. But within a day of the federal lawsuits being filed, two of the named plaintiffs in the Penn State complaint, former safety James Boyd and former linebacker Eric Ravotti, said they did not want to be involved. In emails quoted by Pennlive.com, Boyd said he asked to be removed from the complaint because he did not realize when he signed on that his alma mater would be named, while Ravotti said he did not suffer from any cognitive problems and did not realize he would be a named plaintiff.
May 18, 2016 |
Penn State has promoted three staffers to assistant athletic director positions, athletic director Sandy Barbour announced Monday. Herb Combs was named assistant athletic director for outdoor athletic facilities. Ken Cutler was named assistant athletic director for major gifts, and Nikki Potoczny was named assistant athletic director for the annual fund. In his former position as athletic fields supervisor, Combs, a Penn State alumnus, led a team that maintained the university's 200 acres of fields.
May 17, 2016 |
After an opening-round victory Friday in the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament, Penn coach Karin Brower Corbett said her main worry going forward was the Quakers defense. Well, she needn't worry any more. Penn (15-4) held host Towson scoreless in the run of play for the first 56 minutes, 14 seconds, allowing only two free-position goals to beat the Tigers, 12-4, in a second-round game at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Quakers advanced to play Penn State (which upset second-seeded Florida, 14-13, in double overtime)
May 10, 2016
The full text of Penn State University President Eric J. Barron's response to new allegations in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault case. Dear Friends: Over the past few days, allegations have surfaced from individuals who claim to be Sandusky victims and from unidentified individuals about the alleged knowledge of former University employees. None of these allegations about the supposed knowledge of University employees has been substantiated in a court of law or in any other process to test their veracity.
May 10, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University president Eric Barron said Sunday that the university has found no evidence to support the latest allegations that Joe Paterno and members of his coaching staff knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children as early as the 1970s. Barron turned the heat on the media for reporting the allegations, some of which surfaced in court papers last week. Others were reported by CNN and NBC News. If true, they indicate that Paterno and other Penn State authorities knew about Sandusky's actions years earlier than had been alleged.
May 9, 2016 |
Ladies, which do you find more alluring: the soaring high notes of British crooner Sam Smith, or the deep, soulful tones of Barry White? The boyish squeak of actor Michael Cera, or the rich bass of James Earl Jones? A new study finds that it may not matter so much what women think, at least biologically speaking. Deep voices are more about men showing each other who is boss. The research, whose authors included eight scholars from Pennsylvania State University, marks the latest attempt by science to answer that age-old question of how humans pick their mates.
May 8, 2016 |
It was a whirlwind of positive developments for Mark Webb. College football heavyweights Alabama, Georgia, and Iowa offered scholarships to the Archbishop Wood junior wide receiver on Monday. "That's a pretty good day's work," Wood coach Steve Devlin said. Webb's reaction? "I was surprised," he said. "I couldn't believe it. It was like a childhood dream. " A day earlier, the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder received an invitation to the Opening Finals, a showcase event for the nation's top prospects that is scheduled for July 5-10 at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Webb earned a golden-ticket invite to the Opening after his efforts at the Opening Regional last Sunday at the New York Jets practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. The 18-year-old from Mount Airy will be joined in Oregon by St. Joseph's Prep all-purpose back D'Andre Swift and Cherry Hill West cornerback Harrison Hand.
May 7, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University paid settlements to end claims that Joe Paterno and other coaches at the school knew as early as the 1970s that Jerry Sandusky was assaulting children sexually, according to court filings and a person familiar with the payouts. One accuser was a child when he allegedly told Paterno in 1976 that Sandusky had molested him. Two assistant coaches witnessed Sandusky's misconduct with children in the 1980s, and a former athletic director also was told about sexual contact between the former assistant coach and a child, according to the filings.