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August 30, 2012
Need an adventure to dig into? How about the 892-page FBI record of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno? His records have been released following a FOIA request. (The direct URL is here.) Paterno died earlier this year. (ht @MuckRockNews)

Need an adventure to dig into? How about the 892-page FBI record of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno? His records have been released following a FOIA request. (The direct URL is here.) Paterno died earlier this year. (ht @MuckRockNews)

11:11 // 1 year ago
July 24, 2012
At first I was stunned. But I can tell you this: There is no celebrating in the Bowden household today. This is a very tough day for college football.
Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden • Upon learning that fellow college football legend Joe Paterno had been stripped of 111 victories — making Bowden the winningest coach in NCAA history, by default. Bowden spent his entire career trying to fight Paterno for the mark, but Paterno finally prevailed after Bowden was forced out following a weak 2009 season. Bowden, by the way, supported the taking down of the Paterno statue, as a way to take away a constant reminder of Sandusky.
7:32 // 1 year ago
July 23, 2012

Penn State’s punishment: What the NCAA took away from the school

  • 5 years of probation handed down by NCAA to Penn State’s program
  • 14 number of years of wins the school must vacate — basically every victory since Paterno was aware of the first allegation
  • $60M the amount the school will be sanctioned by the NCAA; the funds will go towards programs to prevent child abuse
  • four years of bowl bans for the school; they will lose 20 scholarships over four years, and students can transfer source

» No longer the winningest: As a result of the vacated seasons, Paterno will no longer be the NCAA’s winningest football coach, which means that Florida State’s Bobby Bowden is now the winningest coach in NCAA history — and a statistic that once meant everything means nothing.

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9:28 // 1 year ago
July 22, 2012
Joe Paterno’s statue at Penn State is gone, taken down after months of anger that only rose in recent weeks over Louis Freeh’s report, which appeared to implicate the legendary coach in the Jerry Sandusky affair. There it is. It’s gone. (photo by Christopher Weddle/Centre Daily Times)

Joe Paterno’s statue at Penn State is gone, taken down after months of anger that only rose in recent weeks over Louis Freeh’s report, which appeared to implicate the legendary coach in the Jerry Sandusky affair. There it is. It’s gone. (photo by Christopher Weddle/Centre Daily Times)

8:52 // 1 year ago
July 17, 2012
thedailywhat:

Ultimatum of the Day: Debate has raged for months over whether the Joe Paterno statue outside Penn State’s Beaver Stadium should remain in the wake of increasingly damning revelations in the Sandusky abuse scandal.
Now, just days after an independent report implicated Paterno in a high-level cover-up, a plane is flying above the university trailing a banner that threatens “TAKE THE STATUE DOWN OR WE WILL.”
No word on who “We” might be, or how soon the statue must be removed before “We” return with an excavator.
However, this has the potential to get interesting: The Penn State Board of Trustees issued a statement Sunday claiming that no decision had been made on whether the statue would be removed, and that a decision shouldn’t be expected anytime soon.
[deadspin]

Do you guys think the statue should go?

thedailywhat:

Ultimatum of the Day: Debate has raged for months over whether the Joe Paterno statue outside Penn State’s Beaver Stadium should remain in the wake of increasingly damning revelations in the Sandusky abuse scandal.

Now, just days after an independent report implicated Paterno in a high-level cover-up, a plane is flying above the university trailing a banner that threatens “TAKE THE STATUE DOWN OR WE WILL.”

No word on who “We” might be, or how soon the statue must be removed before “We” return with an excavator.

However, this has the potential to get interesting: The Penn State Board of Trustees issued a statement Sunday claiming that no decision had been made on whether the statue would be removed, and that a decision shouldn’t be expected anytime soon.

[deadspin]

Do you guys think the statue should go?

13:50 // 1 year ago
July 16, 2012
To those who are convinced that the Freeh report is the last word on this matter, that is absolutely not the case. Since various investigations and legal cases are still pending, it is highly likely that additional critical information will emerge. With that said, we want to take this opportunity to reiterate that Joe Paterno did not shield Jerry Sandusky from any investigation or review. The 1998 incident was fully and independently investigated by law enforcement officials. The Freeh report confirms this. It is also a matter of record that Joe Paterno promptly and fully reported the 2001 incident to his superiors. It can certainly be asserted that Joe Paterno could have done more. He acknowledged this himself last fall. But to claim that he knowingly, intentionally protected a pedophile is false.
A Paterno family statement regarding the Freeh report, which implicated Joe Paterno, the former Penn State coach, in a cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky case. “Mr. Freeh presented his opinions and interpretations as if they were absolute facts,” the family also said. “We believe numerous issues in the report, and his commentary, bear further review.” The full statement is over here.
10:25 // 1 year ago
July 15, 2012
I think Joe Paterno is an amazing human being. I think he made a major bad decision in his life.
Artist Michael Pilato • Discussing why, in the wake of last week’s Freeh Report, he removed a halo from a Penn State mural that depicts Joe Paterno, replacing it with a blue ribbon to reflect awareness for child abuse. Pilato previously removed Jerry Sandusky from the mural entirely, also replacing him with a blue ribbon — as well as an empty chair.
11:01 // 1 year ago
July 14, 2012
azspot:

Rick McKee

Sobering. In related news, The New York Times reports that Joe Paterno negotiated a deal for his retirement in early 2011, at a time when the Sandusky saga was starting to bubble over. The $5.5 million deal, which would have made 2011 Paterno’s last season, also included perks, such as the use of a private jet for him and his family, which would remain in effect for decades after Paterno died. In the end, the university gave the family virtually everything they planned to offer Paterno. This deal, however, was not public at the time.

azspot:

Rick McKee

Sobering. In related news, The New York Times reports that Joe Paterno negotiated a deal for his retirement in early 2011, at a time when the Sandusky saga was starting to bubble over. The $5.5 million deal, which would have made 2011 Paterno’s last season, also included perks, such as the use of a private jet for him and his family, which would remain in effect for decades after Paterno died. In the end, the university gave the family virtually everything they planned to offer Paterno. This deal, however, was not public at the time.

10:30 // 1 year ago
July 12, 2012
According to the investigation, it appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences. I missed that Joe missed it, and I am extremely saddened on this day. My love for Joe and his family remains.
Nike founder Phil Knight • In a statement regarding the removal of Joe Paterno’s name from a child care center at Nike’s corporate headquarters. The decision to remove the coach’s name from the facility was made after the results of Louis Freeh’s investigation into the Sandusky allegations were released to the public this morning. Nike chief executive Mark Parker took credit for the decision in a separate statement, telling reporters that “It is a terrible tragedy that children were unprotected from such abhorrent crimes. With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters. ”  source (viafollow)
16:06 // 1 year ago

Three chances Penn State had to stop Jerry Sandusky, but didn’t

  • one Even before the first reports of sexual abuse, Jerry Sandusky was reported as regularly taking showers with young boys in Penn State’s Lasch Building. No coaches intervened, nor did they inform their supervisors of what they witnessed.
  • two In May 1998, a report of a possible sexual assault by Sandusky surfaced. Despite former Penn State VP Gary Schultz expressing concern — “Is this opening of pandora’s box? Other children?” — the investigation was dropped a month later.
  • three The widely-reported 2001 incident when assistant coach Mike McQueary caught Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the shower. “You did what you had to do,” Joe Paterno reportedly told him. “It’s my job now to figure out what we want to do.” source

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10:26 // 1 year ago