The man who brought you the giant statue of Frank Rizzo across the street from Philadelphia’s City Hall is now giving Joe Paterno the treatment — designing an alumni-supported sculpture that will sit two miles from where a memorial to the late Penn State football coach was pulled down in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
The Centre Daily Times reports that a trio of Penn State students is in trouble for posing nude with the Nittany Lion shrine. “Police said they were called to the shrine around 1 a.m. after a report from an employee at Rec Hall who looked out a window of the building and saw three people who appeared to be naked.” The trio was dressed by the time police arrived, but they will be referred to the university’s student conduct office.
The appointment of Eric Barron as the new president at Penn State was supposed to mark a turning point from the bad old days of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that did so much to devastate the reputations of the school and its football program. But that plan may have run into a snag.
The New York Times on Wednesday ran a story suggesting that Florida State badly mishandled a rape allegation against its star quarterback, Jameis Winston. Florida State’s president at the time? Eric Barron.
You see where this might be going.
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.”
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is suing Attorney General Kathleen Kane in federal court, trying to end his prosecution on charges he covered up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of young boys at the university. Spanier accuses Frank Fina — who was a deputy attorney general, now in the Philly D.A.’s office — of misbehavior before a grand jury that provided the charges against him.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Penn State University paid local bars and restaurants $186,000 to cease selling alcohol on March 1, a booze-fueled quasi-holiday known among students at “State Patty’s Day.” The university combined with local officials to produce another $25,000 to beer distributors to halt keg ad case sales that same day.
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.