Paterno Lawsuit Against NCAA Moves Forward

The bowl ban is lifted at Penn State, and so are reduced scholarships, but Joe Paterno’s family is still pursuing a lawsuit against the NCAA, challenging the process that led to the now-mostly lifted sanctions imposed after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The Morning Call reports a judge decided Thursday to let the lawsuit proceeed — but ordered that a number of co-plaintiffs, including some members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, be removed from the case.
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WATCH: Penn State Kids Chant for Return of Joe Paterno Statue

Yesterday, the NCAA announced it had lifted Penn State’s sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The Nittany Lions — now 2-0 this season after wins in State College and, um, Dublin — would be returned to their full set of scholarships, and were immediately eligible for the postseason.

Via Onward State comes this video of Penn State students’ impromptu celebration rally last night, which included the students chanting “Where’s the statue?” outside of Old Main.

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NCAA Restores Penn State to Full Scholarships, Bowl Eligibility

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Well. Let’s see what this does for civility in the Penn State community.

The NCAA announced Monday afternoon it is ending two major punishments of the university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal: Penn State’s bowl eligibility is being restored immediately — meaning it missed only two of the four bowl seasons it was originally penalized. Full scholarships will be restored to the team for the 2015-16 school year, a season earlier than the original penalty envisioned.
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Can Civility Return at Penn State?

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Eric Barron is never going to get the civility he desires at Penn State.

It was nice of him to reach out on Friday, admirable that he attempted to bridge the gap — in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal — between those who want to move on and those who won’t move on until Joe Paterno is exonerated, dammit. But his is an impossible task.

Penn State’s new president unwittingly pointed out that impossibility in his open letter pleading for a new civility on campus. “Reasonable people disagree,” he wrote, “but we can disagree without sacrificing respect.”

The problem: “Reasonable people” are not in equal supply on both sides of the conflict.

There are the Truthers, and there is everybody else, and it is not “everybody else” causing the crisis of civility at the university.

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Three Years Later, Sandusky Scandal Still Ripples at Penn State

The Jerry Sandusky scandal is apparently still taking a toll on Penn State.

It’s not just the football sanctions, either. Officials at the university are apparently worried that the scandal’s fallout is resulting in an ongoing loss of cohesion among students, alumni, donors, and other members of the Penn State community.

The result? An open letter from new President Eric Barron and dozens upon dozens of administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders, asking for a restoration of “civility” and respect as core value of the university.

The full letter follows:
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Lawsuit Filed in Philly Court Has New Abuse Allegations Against Jerry Sandusky

 

2012 AP Photo

2012 AP photo

Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the second mile charity are facing yet another lawsuit (below) stemming from the child sex abuse scandal. Late last month, a lawyer for alleged victim “D.F.” filed suit. The lawyer, Bret J. Southard, told the Centre Daily Times his client’s lawsuit involves new allegations not previously brought forward when the scandal broke.

The lawsuit says that, in 2008 or 2009, Sandusky took D.F. on a shopping spree that also involved oral sex. The suit also says Sandusky raped the boy after Penn State’s football opener in 2008.

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Will Penn State Keep Player Names on Football Jerseys?

Under the late, lamented Joe Paterno, the players for Penn State football never had their names on the back of their jerseys. JoePa was old-school and believed in team victories more than individual recognition.

His successor, Bill O’Brien, altered that tradition — a way to recognize players who stuck with the program through the depths of NCAA sanctions.

Now James Franklin has arrived. Which tradition is he choosing? The Patriot-News reports:

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