Penn State Makes First Bowl Since 2012; Temple Snubbed

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The Nittany Lions are Bronx bound. Penn State’s players learned yesterday the team will play Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 27th. It’s the first bowl game since 2012 for the Nittany Lions, who were banned from bowls the next two seasons in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

A team needs just six wins (and a .500 or better record) to qualify for a bowl. Penn State went 6-6 this year, its first under new coach James Franklin. The Lions opened the season 4-0, but lost 6 of its final 8 games. With its Big Ten Conference bowl tie-ins, that was enough to get the Nittany Lions into a bowl.

The 6-6 record was not enough to get Temple into the a bowl game, however.

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Penn State President to Review Freeh Report

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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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Nobody Cares That Penn State Got Railroaded by the NCAA

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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.

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Some Trustees Say Penn State Bullied by NCAA

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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.

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Dottie Sandusky Lashes Out Against Happy Valley Documentary

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:

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(Update) Penn State Trustees Won’t Revisit Freeh Report

[Update 2:30 p.m.] Looks like Penn State won’t revisit the Freeh Report, after all.

The Post-Gazette reports:

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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Top 10 Pennsylvania Careers Destroyed or Damaged by the Jerry Sandusky Scandal

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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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Rutgers Fans Wear “Ped State” T-Shirts to Penn State Football Game

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Someone in the Rutgers University social media department is probably getting a good talking-to this morning. Over the weekend, on the occasion of the Penn State vs. Rutgers football game, the official Rutgers Football Facebook page ran photos of Rutgers fans wearing “Ped State” t-shirts, mocking the school for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Read more »

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