Pacino to Play Paterno in HBO Movie on Sandusky Scandal

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Film icon Al Pacino has signed on to play Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO movie about the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Penn State community and cost its longtime football coach his job, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural) will direct the yet-to-be-titled flick for the subscription cable network that stars Pacino as JoePa, the Nittany Lions’ beloved longtime football coach (1966-2011) and owner of the most wins in NCAA Division I history. Read more »

Ex-PSU President Sentenced for Failing to Report Sandusky

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Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier was sentenced on Friday along with two other high-ranking administration members for their roles in failing to report a 2001 incident involving convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky, the Inquirer reported.

Spanier was sentenced to serve at least two months in jail followed by another two months under home confinement. He was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. The 67-year-old was convicted in March of misdemeanor child endangerment – the same charge to which both former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-PSU athletic director Tim Curley entered guilty pleas. Read more »

Penn State to Honor Joe Paterno at Game vs. Temple

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Penn State will honor Joe Paterno before its home game against Temple this season, according to a press release about the season’s promotional schedule.

On the September 17th game against the Owls at Beaver Stadium, Penn State will hold an pregame ceremony “[c]ommemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno’s first game as Penn State head coach,” per the release. Per Onward State, which first reported the news, Penn State has not had any in-stadium mention of Paterno since his last game on October 29th, 2011 (besides his appearance in a few “hype” videos).

Paterno was fired in the aftermath of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, and died on January 22nd, 2012. His former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in June 2012. Read more »

Judge Unveils Controversial Depositions Regarding Penn State’s Handling of Sexual Abuse Incidents

 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A Philadelphia judge unveiled depositions that shed light on the details of disturbing claims, revealed in May, that Penn State officials were aware of sexual abuse allegations regarding Jerry Sandusky far earlier than originally thought.

The documents stirred the pot of controversy surrounding Sandusky as well as former head football coach Joe Paterno and other university officials.

The stories of four alleged sexual abuse victims were addressed in multiple cases detailed in documents released by a judge in the university’s courtroom clash with its commercial general liability insurer, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company. The documents could reveal whether Penn State officials knew about inappropriate incidents regarding Sandusky decades ago and chose not to alert the insurance company.

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Penn State President: No Evidence Paterno Knew About Sandusky Assault in 1976

Penn State president Eric Barron (Michelle Bixby, Penn State) and Joe Paterno (Richard Paul Kane, Shutterstock)

Left: Penn State president Eric Barron (Michelle Bixby, Penn State) Right: Joe Paterno (Richard Paul Kane, Shutterstock.com)

Penn State University president Eric Barron denounced a string of new allegations about the extent of the university’s knowledge of Jerry Sandusky‘s sexual abuse of children, and criticized the media for continuing to scrutinize the school, four years after Sandusky was convicted on dozens of sexual assault charges.

Barron shared his thoughts in a letter that was posted on Penn State’s website on Sunday, while the university was still reeling from the deluge of claims about Sandusky, who continues to cast a haunting shadow over the school even while he festers behind bars.

The first shockwave hit last Wednesday, in court documents tied to a legal battle between Penn State and its general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company, over the more than $90 million in settlements that the university has paid out to Sandusky’s victims. Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer wrote that PMA claims a boy told late football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he’d been abused by Sandusky. The insurance company also claims that two assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children in the late 1980s, and that another molestation claim had been reported to an athletic director around that same time.

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Court Docs: Joe Paterno Knew About Sandusky’s Child Sex Abuse in 1976

Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, raises fingers in a victory gesture after Penn State defeated North Carolina State 19-10 at University Park, Pennsylvania, Saturday, Nov. 11, 1978.

Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, after a victory over North Carolina State on November 11, 1978.

Did Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno know about Jerry Sandusky’s horrific pedophiliac ways 40 years ago?

That disturbing possibility was raised in a court filing Wednesday, as part of an ugly legal battle between Penn State and the university’s commercial general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company. At the heart of the dispute is whether PMA should cover some or all of the $60 million the university has paid out in settlements to victims of Sandusky in recent years, based on what Penn State officials knew about Sandusky — and when.

Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer referenced a long-ago alleged report of abuse in an opinion that delved into the particulars of Penn State’s various policies with PMA. The line that grabbed the most attention, of course, referred to Paterno. Read more »

Donald Trump in Pittsburgh: “How’s Joe Paterno?”

Donald Trump was in Pittsburgh last night, rallying a large crowd in advance of the Pennsylvania primary later this month. As politicians do, he attempted to pander to local sports teams. In Philadelphia, pols have been telling us they gambled on Villanova and won their bracket pools because of it. In Pittsburgh last night, Trump mentioned … Joe Paterno!

“How’s Joe Paterno?” Trump said. “We gonna bring that back? How ’bout that whole deal?”

A Trump campaign spokesperson later told CNN that he meant the Joe Paterno statue, which was taken down in 2012 amid the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. “He was talking about the Penn State bronze statue that they melted down,” the spokeswoman said. Read more »

Penn State AD: Paterno’s Legacy Will Be Restored

 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

How long before Joe Paterno’s statue returns to Happy Valley?

With the sidelining of most NCAA sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the restoration of Paterno’s wins record, the full restoration of JoePa’s legacy on campus has seemed only a matter of time. Sandy Barbour, Penn State’s new athletic director, basically confirmed that this week in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I have no doubt that at the right time, as some of the legal issues have been sorted through . . . Penn State will honor not only Joe Paterno’s legacy but the Paterno family’s legacy,” Barbour told the Inky’s editorial board. “We’ll know when it’s time.” Read more »

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