Report: Corbett Cleared in Sandusky Probe

Well, for once there’s good news for Gov. Tom Corbett.

“Multiple sources with knowledge of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s draft report on her investigation into whether Tom Corbett ‘slow-walked’ the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation say the report constitutes “a complete vindication” of the governor’s handling of the investigation while he was attorney general,” reports.

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Trial Will Challenge NCAA’s Sandusky Penalty

If you hate the NCAA’s punishment of Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, next year may be the year for you: AP reports that a lawsuit challenging those punishments will be heard at trial after the turn of the year.

Last month, Commonwealth Court required that Penn State be made a party to the lawsuit and indicated the court needed more information about whether the university and NCAA acted legally when they entered into the consent decree.

Penn State filed an answer in the case a month ago that said described the consent decree as “an obligation with which the university has fully complied and is fully committed to continue to comply.”

The lawsuit seeks to enforce a law passed last year that requires the fine to be spent on battling child abuse within Pennsylvania.

Sandusky is serving a “decades-long” prison sentence for molesting boys in his career at Penn State and at his charity, Second Mile.

Rape Case at Vanderbilt Haunts New Penn State Coach

The Patriot-News reports that Penn State’s new football coach still has some problems remaining at his last job: “New allegations have arisen that James Franklin contacted the victim who was allegedly raped by several of his football players when he was head coach at Vanderbilt University. What’s more, Franklin had allegedly recruited the victim – in an apparent violation of NCAA rules – to assist him in recruiting players to the Vanderbilt team because she was ‘pretty.’” Read more »

Police: Students Posed Nude With Nittany Lion

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.

New Penn State Prez Scrutinized for Handling of Abuse Allegations

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.

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Let Penn State’s Punishment Stand


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.

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NCAA’s Penn State Sanctions Questioned by Court

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.”

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Penn State’s Spanier Sues Kane in Federal Court

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.

(Fina and Kane, of course, are currently butting heads over the unrelated — or is it?!?!?!abandoned sting involving Philly Democrats.)

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