Politicians Keep Pandering to Penn State

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Oh, how I wish the politicians of Pennsylvania would stop kissing the ring of Penn State football.

The king — Joe Paterno — may be dead, but the kingdom is very much alive. A quick Google News search for “Penn State” turns up headline after headline about new coach James Franklin and speculation about the forthcoming 2014 football season. That might not be so unusual — it’s late July, practices are about to begin — except that the results of that page are similarly football-heavy all year round, whether the season’s around the corner or not.

Now, Google News merely reflects the output of journalists. But that journalistic output suggests that reporters covering the university know what their audience cares about. It’s not the famed library — except as proof of the saintliness of the former coach — and it’s not really even that Penn State is now ranked in the top 50 among the world’s top universities.

In Happy Valley, it turns out, they are always ready for some football.

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Penn State Hires Former Cal Athletic Director

Penn State has a new athletic director, the first of the post-Sandusky era. But Sandy Barbour comes with some baggage of her own: She was reportedly forced out as Cal’s athletic director amid questions about the football team’s graduation rate and the poor performance of her choice for football coach, Sonny Dykes. 

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Penn State Coach’s Daughter Has Sickle Cell Anemia

Speaking to the media yesterday, Penn State football coach James Franklin revealed his daughter Addy has sickle cell anemia. Franklin, who was hired to replace Bill O’Brien in January, has two daughters, Addison, 5, and Shola, 6.

Franklin and his wife, Fumi, have known Addy had the disease since birth. Sickle cell anemia causes red blood cells to form a crescent shape (like a sickle) because they contain abnormal hemoglobin. Approximately 1 in 5,000 Americans have the disease, mostly African-Americans.

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Former Penn State Coaches Sue University

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Jay Paterno and William Kenney, former assistant coaches at Penn State University, are suing the university, saying their job prospects have been ruined unfairly because of the Sandusky Scandal.

The pair filed suit in U.S. District Court Monday, each seeking $1 million or more in damages.

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VIDEO: Oprah Interviews Sandusky Son About Sexual Abuse

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On July 17th at 9 p.m., Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel will air her interview with Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of serial child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse two years ago.

“Oprah speaks exclusively with Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who tells the untold story of his childhood sexual abuse,” said OWN in an announcement. “In his first television interview since Jerry’s 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, Matthew reveals never-before-heard details of the sexual abuse he experienced as a child at the hands of his adopted father, and why he is choosing to speak out now.”

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Pennsylvania Court Won’t Speed Up Lawsuit vs. Penn State

An appeals court has not changed a judge’s decision that former Penn State University president Graham Spanier’s civil lawsuit against the school be placed on hold until the criminal case against him is completed.

The Superior Court says it did not have jurisdiction. Spanier — was who indicted in 2012 on perjury, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice charges related to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal — is planning to sue the school for defamation. The request to move forward with the case came from former FBI director Louis Freeh, who completed a report on the Sandusky affair for the University.

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Corbett: “Never Will” Condemn Joe Paterno

One reason Gov. Tom Corbett starts his re-election campaign in such a deep hole, poll-wise, is that there are a whole lot of people in this state who love Penn State — and a whole lot of them are still fans of the late football coach Joe Paterno. A whole lot of them blame Corbett for how Paterno and the university so messily divorced — there is, at the extreme end, this online petition — citing Corbett’s handling of the investigation into Jerry Sandusky to Corbett’s actions as a voting trustee on Penn State’s board. Corbett on Thursday tried to dig his way out of the hole, telling the Associated Press that he had “never” condemned Paterno for failing to report Sandusky — and that he regretted Penn State fired Paterno by phone instead of in person: Read more »

Kane Releases Sandusky Probe Results

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has released the results of her probe in to Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky case while Corbett served as A.G.

The investigation found no evidence Corbett delayed the investigation into Sandusky — a onetime assistant coach for Penn State football great Joe Paterno, later found to have molested a number or young boys — for political purposes, but the Centre Daily Times says “the investigation did find ‘crucial missteps and inexplicable delays in bringing (Sandusky) a serial child molester to justice.’”

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