MSU vs. UNC: See the aircraft carrier hoops court

We already know Michigan State will wear camouflage basketball uniforms against North Carolina on Veterans Day. But here’s a really cool photo of the court on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson. Magic Johnson, a Michigan State alum, and James Worthy, a North Carolina alum, will serve as honorary captains for their alma maters at the game. Read the full AP story here. And the “Daily Edition” on MSUSpartans.com offers up a glimpse of the trip in the latest installment of “Michigan State All-Access.”

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Recapping the latest from Penn State

Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley Press Conference

The announcement that Penn State assistant coach Tom Bradley is now the interim head coach of the Penn State football team is the latest in a whirlwind of events swirling around Penn State University. Late Wednesday night the Penn State Board of Trustees announced that Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier had been fired, a stunning development that brought reaction from players and came on the heels of the news that the 84-year-old Paterno had hoped to remain and retire at the end of the season. Our TV crew on Big Ten Football & Beyond covered it all Wednesday night.

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Gimme 5 audio interview: Purdue's Drey Mingo

Throughout the season the “Gimme 5″ audio segment will spend about five minutes with Big Ten Conference women’s basketball players with compelling stories or interesting backgrounds or who are making news on the court. The interviews are hosted by analyst Patricia Babcock McGraw, a former basketball player at Northwestern and now sports reporter at The Daily Herald. This week our analyst spoke with Purdue’s Drey Mingo (full bio at PurdueSports.com).

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Read Osborne's statement on Saturday's game

Here’s the full text of a statement released by Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne regarding the Huskers’ upcoming game at Penn State on Saturday: “I am saddened to learn of the recent events at Penn State and we will continue to monitor the developments on their campus. We will hold the alleged victims and all those involved in our thoughts and prayers.”

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Dienhart: How do you pick up the pieces?

Penn State's Joe Paterno

Tom Bradley: One-on-One

The repercussions of a sex-abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky will be felt for years at Penn State. The fallout among the school’s brass has been swift and stunning. Joe Paterno was unceremoniously fired yesterday. On the same day, school president Graham Spanier also was dumped. Athletic director Tim Curley has taken a leave of absence after being charged with perjury. Still, their fates pale compared to Sandusky’s victims.

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Former Penn State stars discuss latest events

Penn State's D.J. Dozier

DJ Dozier Talks Paterno Firing

D. J. Dozier was a star running back for Joe Paterno and the Penn State football team and was named All-American in 1986. Our BTN crew spoke with the former Nittany Lions standout on Thursday morning after Tom Bradley was formally announced as the interim head coach of the Penn State football team. They also spoke with former Penn State defensive standout Michael Haynes, and that video is posted further down in this post.

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NCAA Releases Statement on Penn State

NCAA president Mark Emmert sent out this statement on Thursday: “Regarding the ongoing Penn State criminal investigation, the NCAA is actively monitoring developments and assessing appropriate steps moving forward. The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes. As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether Association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. To be clear, civil and criminal law will always take precedence over Association rules.” Read the full AP story here.

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