Suddenly, Penn State football fans have some hope. Maybe, just maybe, they’re going to get their bowl games back. Maybe, just maybe, Saturdays in Happy Valley will have some luster restored. Maybe, just maybe, the dark shadow of Jerry Sandusky will begin to recede.
Maybe. But I hope not.
Everything hinges on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, which last week announced it was prepared to examine the sanctions imposed by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky affair. In a case over how the $60 million fine paid by Penn State could be used, Judge Anne Covey said the rest of the punishment — the bowl ban; the deletion of Joe Paterno from the record books — could also be under review.
PennLive reports that Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court is prepared to examine — and perhaps overturn — the NCAA’s $60 million fine and four-year bowl ban on Penn State, sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky case. Penn State, you’ll recall, agreed to the sanctions in a consent deree with the NCAA.
That possibility was opened in a ruling upholding a state law — passed after the punishments were imposed —requiring the fine money “be used exclusively for child sexual abuse prevention and treatment in Pennsylvania.”
Dottie Sandusky told Today that her husband, Jerry, is innocent of all the child molestation accusations that put him in prison and brought an end to the career of his longtime boss, longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Her interview aired this morning.
CBSSports.com reports: “Penn State University Board of Trustees member Alvin Clemens announced his resignation Friday, the Associated Press reported, saying that the Board’s 2011 decision to fire Joe Paterno represented a ‘rush to injustice.’”
Bill O’Brien was quoted a couple weeks ago insulting the “Paterno People,” saying he didn’t give a “$*%@*” about them. This morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show, he says he regrets the language. (But leaves open the possibility that he still doesn’t give a “$*%@” about them!)
“I apologize to anybody that took that conversation obviously the wrong way. I regret that conversation, but again, Penn State’s a special place and they’re going to be in great shape in the coming years.”
He also said the “Paterno People” are not the reason he left Penn State. Which was probably a reasonable thing to emphasize.
Now that Bill O’Brien is officially going to the NFL to coach the Houston Texans, Patriot-News writer David Jones has published some incendiary remarks O’Brien made to him last month. Speaking about the small, extremely vocal group of Paterno loyalists (you may know them as Truthers) that believe everything from the JFK assassination to Area 51 is a conspiracy to tarnish the good name of JoePa, O’Brien said this:
This week, in recently unsealed grand jury testimony from 2012, Penn State’s former counsel Cynthia Baldwin is quoted calling ex-president Graham Spanier a liar, regarding what he knew about previous investigations into Jerry Sandusky.