Penn State and NCAA are in talks to reconsider the sanctions imposed after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to multiple reports — a reversal that could restore former coach Joe Paterno’s vacated wins back tot the record books.
New laws inspired by the Jerry Sandusky case went into effect with the new year, creating new mandates for the reporting of suspected child abuse.
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Penn State President Eric Barron will review the Freeh Report that castigated the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal — and provided the basis for NCAA penalties against the school.
The announcement comes after a week of revelations that the NCAA and former FBI Director Louis Freeh communicated closely during his investigation, as well as suggestions the NCAA bullied Penn State into accepting the penalties.
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The world no longer cares whether Penn State University was wronged by the NCAA when, two years ago, the organization imposed crippling sanctions on the Nittany Lions football program.
So what’s come to light this week — that not only did the NCAA bluff Penn State into accepting the sanctions, but the chief “independent” investigator PSU hired to sort out the Jerry Sandusky scandal at the school was actually in bed with the NCAA all along — is almost irrelevant.
Nobody’s talking about it. ESPN.com had the latter item on its home page Wednesday for a little while. By night fall, the item had been moved to the NCAA football page, and buried down the list of items; even below the blockbuster scoop that the University of Michigan president apologized to his lousy football coach for making harsh statements about his team being loaded with lousy students.
Here’s what most people are comfortable in believing: Penn State was a pompous institution that deserved to be sawed off by the NCAA because its glorious football program was harboring and protecting a valuable assistant coach who just happened to be a predator, all for the sake of winning football games.
And what a load of astonishing malarkey.
Newly disclosed documents show that the NCAA and former FBI Director Louis Freeh worked closely together during Freeh’s probe of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. The meaning of that information, however, is being hotly debated.
The Centre Daily Times today reports that some Penn State trustees want the university to challenge the consent decree it signed with the NCAA, accepting guilt and punishment in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Those trustees say that NCAA emails — revealed in the ongoing lawsuit over whether the $60 million fine levied in the case will stay in Pennsylvania — show that the organization “bullied” Penn State into accepting the decree.
Now he tells us.
Two days after he lost his bid for re-election — in part over lingering resentment about how he handled the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State — Gov. Tom Corbett has given an interview to the Inky in which he suggests that Penn State coach Joe Paterno “probably” shouldn’t have been fired when the scandal erupted.
Three years after Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges that rocked Penn State to its foundations, there is one person who believes him innocent: His wife, Dottie.
She has a new op-ed up today — focused on a recent documentary, Happy Valley, that focuses on allegations from the Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt. (The trailer is above; the movie was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in May) The piece at PennLive.com comes with an unusual disclaimer from the site’s editors:
(Editor’s Note: PennLive’s community guidelines prohibit commenters from accusing Jerry Sandusky’s victims of fabricating their experiences and testimony since he has been convicted in a court of law. However, we are publishing this piece by Dottie Sandusky because of its inherent news value. The piece has been reviewed by PennLive’s lawyers for any potentially libelous content and it has been edited accordingly.)
That’s followed by Dottie Sandusky’s defense against her adopted son’s allegations against Jerry Sandusky in the documentary. Matt, of course, attracted attention when he went, during the middle of Jerry Sandusky’s trial, from sitting at her side in support of his adopted father to suddenly outing himself as another one of Jerry Sandusky’s victims. Dottie’s response:
[Update 2:30 p.m.] Looks like Penn State won’t revisit the Freeh Report, after all.
An alumni trustee’s proposal at Penn State University to revisit the controversial Freeh Report failed by a board of trustees vote of 17-9 today after a contentious near-hour-long debate on the University Park campus.
With the meeting just underway, trustee Anthony Lubrano said members had tried to reach a compromise on the resolution but had failed. “We are just very divided on this issue,” he said.
Mr. Lubrano said the report’s conclusions “damned the university and its culture and certainly harmed our reputation.” He said board members have a fiduciary responsibility to seek out conclusive answers.
[Original] At Penn State, the past is never dead. It’s not even past.
Which is why — more than two years later — the school’s trustees are gathering to discuss the Freeh Report that implicated late football coach Joe Paterno and university administrators in failing to sufficiently pursue or report child-sex allegations against Jerry Sandusky, an assistant football coach, for years before the allegations finally surfaced publicly.
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Now that Seamus McCaffery has retired from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, it’s worth asking: How many significant Pennsylvanians have had their careers destroyed or derailed because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State?
The line between Sandusky and McCaffery isn’t a straight one, of course, but: The “racy emails” that ultimately led to his suspension then retirement were discovered by Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office as it investigated whether her predecessor, Tom Corbett, had done a sufficient job of investigating the Sandusky case in the first place. No Sandusky, no Kane investigation, and maybe McCaffery is spending this week on the bench instead of vacating it.
Here are the Top 10 careers that have been destroyed or damaged, either directly or indirectly, by the Sandusky scandal, ranked by a combination of their relative importance to the entire state and the damage done to their careers. As you can see, the fallout has spread beyond Penn State and fairly widely across several branches of Pennsylvania state government.
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