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Greg Burpee

Penn State Board of Trustees Meeting

As another Big Ten football Saturday approaches, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart posts his usual weekly football previews, his weekend selections and his list of notable things to keep an eye on, but it comes against the backdrop of more updates on the Penn State story. Earlier Friday Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Garban pledged to support interim President Rod Erickson as the board works “for the future of this institution that we respect and love.” We’ve put a video clip from this morning’s meeting in this post. Meanwhile, former Nittany Lions player Rich Mauti expects at least 75 former players to attend Saturday’s game in a show of support for the school after the late announcement Thursday night that assistant coach Mike McQueary won’t be there and has been placed on administrative leave.

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Dienhart: What to Watch For This Saturday

Many eyes will be on Michigan State’s game at Iowa, arguably the biggest tilt this weekend in what will be a matchup that goes a long way toward determining who wins the Legends Division. And what type of scene will unfold at Penn State, where Nebraska is playing? Following lower in this post is a look at what the other Big Ten teams need to do to enjoy success this Saturday. Note: Indiana is off.

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Dienhart: Week 11 Football Selections

Lots of tough decisions this week, with four conference battles and one non-conference game. Without a doubt, the races in each division will become more defined after this weekend. Who will prevail in key matchups between Michigan State-Iowa and Nebraska-Penn State?

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Dienhart: Look ahead after a long, sad week

Penn State's Silas Redd

The Legacy of Joe Paterno

This weekend’s nice collection of Big Ten games is highlighted by Michigan State at Iowa in a pivotal Legends Division tilt while Nebraska’s first trip to Penn State as a member of the Big Ten is the headliner in the Leaders Division. But the dark clouds of a child sex-abuse scandal that has cost coach Joe Paterno and others their jobs casts a long, dark shadow over Senior Day at Penn State.

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#BTN Puts Your @BTNLive Tweets on TV

On Thursday night’s edition of BTN Live our crew continued our ongoing coverage of Penn State and the dismissal of Joe Paterno. As we do each week on our weekly live one-hour show we spotlighted the best of your tweets from Twitter sent to @BTNLive and ran them on TV during our conversation. We post clips on BTN.com and archive full episode on BTN2go.com,  but we know some people don’ see the show live on TV. So we did the next best thing and captured screen grabs. Who got their message on TV? Have a look inside.

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Ohio State To Reduce Scholarships

Ohio State University will reduce its football scholarships by five over the next three years as part of the university’s latest self-imposed punishment it hopes will satisfy NCAA investigators weighing how to respond to the school’s football scandals, according to the Associated Press. The university previously announced it will repay the $338,811 it received for playing in the Sugar Bowl, a 31-26 victory over Arkansas, along with vacating the 2010 season including the Sugar Bowl win and going on two years of NCAA probation.

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Big Ten Blast: Penn State Update

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Big Ten Blast: Nov. 10, 2011 Afternoon Update

Mike Hall reports an update on Penn State’s Board of Trustees asking interim head football coach Tom Bradley to keep assistant coach Mike McQueary off the field during Saturday’s game. Hall also has an update regarding Ohio State’s NCAA investigation. Watch it now in this post. Also, read  a statement posted today from Interim Penn State President Rodney Erickson.

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