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Penn State WR Justin Brown transfers to Oklahoma

(AP) Justin Brown is the second Penn State offensive starter to leave the team in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions. The senior wideout’s name was dropped from the roster Sunday when he decided to transfer to Oklahoma. He would have been a key target in the revamped passing game under new coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.

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Silas Redd makes it official, transfers to USC

Silas Redd looks on during warmups prior to the game against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: PSU's Redd to Transfer to USC

Star tailback Silas Redd is bolting Penn State for Southern California. The 1,200-yard rusher opted Tuesday to leave a Nittany Lions program facing stiff sanctions handed down by the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Among the penalties was a four-year postseason ban.

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FAQ: Penn State football players' options

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Reaction as Penalties Were Announced

The NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State rocked the program. And the effects will be felt for years. Scholarship cuts, postseason bans … the list went on. Another aspect of the penalties will allow any player on the Penn State roster to transfer to another school and be immediately eligible. Typically when a player transfers from one FBS school to another, he has to sit out a season. Not so for Nittany Lion players.

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Dienhart: What's Next for Nittany Lions?

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BTN.com's Tom Dienhart Reacts From Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State football never will be the same. Not after today. Not after NCAA czar Mark Emmert strolled to the dais in the Palmer E. Pierce Room in the NCAA headquarters early on this Monday morning and delivered Penn State’s punishment for covering up the atrocities of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.

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NCAA Hammers Penn State With Sanctions

NCAA president Mark Emmert speaks during a press conference at the NCAA Headquarters with NCAA Executive Committee chair Ed Ray standing behind him to announce corrective and punitive measures against Penn State University for the child abuse committed by former Penn State Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Reaction as Penalties Were Announced

The NCAA dealt a series of heavy blows to the Penn State football program less than two weeks after a devastating report accused Joe Paterno and other top university officials of concealing child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant coach. The NCAA sanctions include a $60 million fine with funds to be used for an endowment for non-university programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims as well as a dramatic cut in football scholarships.

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Did You See This? Game program from Paterno's last win

From this day forward, Joe Paterno’s final win is Penn State’s 35-10 victory over Wisconsin on Nov. 22, 1997. That’s the case because Mark Emmert and the NCAA vacated all of Penn State’s victories from 1998-2011 as part of their sanctions against the school in the wake of the Freeh Report findings. @Ben_Jones88 tweeted a photo of the game program from that now historical1997 game, and, interestingly enough, its headline reads: “End of the Line.” See the photo in this post.

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Big Ten Conference Censures Penn State

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Interview: Sally Mason, U. of Iowa President

Shortly after the NCAA released its list of sanctions, the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors released a statement with its additional penalties for Penn State. You can read the punishments in this post. The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors Chair and University of Iowa President Sally Mason and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany explained the sanctions and took questions in a Monday morning teleconference on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch both videos in this post.

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Twitter: Penn State Family Reacts to Sanctions

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A.Q. Shipley Reacts to NCAA Ruling

The Penn State football family is a tight one. Current and former players hit Twitter on Monday to offer their feelings on the NCAA’s stiff punishments, which included vacating wins from 1998-2011, a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban and the loss of 10 scholarships each of the next four seasons. See all the best tweets, including one from former running back and current Washington Redskin Evan Royster, in this post.

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Video Gallery: Penn State Analysis

General view of Beaver Stadium as the lights illuminate the field to remember former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Interview: Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports

BTN covered Monday’s news conference and reaction. Our on-air guests included: University of Iowa President Sally Mason, New York Times reporter Pete Thamel, Yahoo! Sports columnist Pat Forde, former Penn State players including quarterback Michael Robinson as well as writers Mike DeCourcy (The Sporting News), Ron Musselman (statecollege.com), David Jones (Harrisburg Patriot-News) and others. Find all of our videos from today’s coverage in one place.

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Penn State Links: National Voices Sound Off

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Interview: Pete Thamel, The New York Times

Mark Emmert and the NCAA came down hard on Penn State on Monday. The penalties were as severe as we’ve ever seen in college athletics, ranging from a $60 million fine to a four-year postseason ban. Read the AP story on all of the NCAA sanctions. As expected, the national media had much to say about the penalties and what they mean for the future of Penn State football. You can find a collection of reaction stories in this post.

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Twitter: Track Reaction to Penn State Sanctions

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Fan Reaction to Penn State Sanctions

NCAA president Mark Emmert handed down Penn State’s punishment for the school’s child sex-abuse scandal and coverup allegations Monday morning in Indianapolis. The punishments were stiff, to say the least. Among them: a $60 million fine and a four-year postseason ban. Read AP story.

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NCAA Penalties Coming for Penn State Football

NCAA president Mark Emmert speaks at a press conference in preparation for the 2012 Final Four of the division I men's basketball tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Tyler Kaufman-US PRESSWIRE

Glen Mason on Paterno Statue Removal

The NCAA announced that it will levy “corrective and punitive measures” against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal and coverup allegations, and those measures will be spelled out in a 9 a.m. ET Monday press conference with NCAA President Mark Emmert and Ed Ray, the chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee (read more details here).

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Paterno Statue Removed; NCAA to Levy Penalties

The famed statue of Penn State coach Joe Paterno outside the Penn State’s football stadium was taken down and put in storage Sunday morning, and the plaques and letters on the walls behind it are gone, too. Read the full story here and watch all of our video clips from Sunday here, including reaction from BTN’s Howard Griffith and Glen Mason. And be sure to read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s column where he says this is clearly the right thing to do.

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NCAA: 'Corrective' Measures for Penn State

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Rick Pizzo Reports from Penn State

The NCAA says it will levy “corrective and punitive measures” against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal involving former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA announced Sunday that it will detail the sanctions on Monday. It disclosed no details. Read more from The Associated Press. Emmert as recently as last week would not rule out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the scandal, adding that he had “never seen anything as egregious.”

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Dienhart: Remember Lessons, Not Statue

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Tom Dienhart on Paterno Statue Removal

It’s a simple mantra that we all should live by: Do the right thing. Joe Paterno didn’t do it. But the decision makers at Penn State are by opting to remove the Paterno statue. Thank you. Oh, the JoePa bootlickers, apologists and loyalists rallied around the statue of their false god, worshiping Paterno in some sort of twisted religious fashion. The sycophants guarded their bronzed deity and laid flowers at its feet, adorning the area around it with signs of support.

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Video Gallery: Removing Joe Paterno's Statue

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Howard Griffith on Paterno Statue Removal

BTN aired a live special report Sunday on the removal of the Joe Paterno statue after airing a special report earlier in the morning. Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo were in studio, Rick Pizzo was in State College, and they were joined by Tom Dienhart, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith by phone. Here’s a collection of videos from our Sunday coverage on a day when workers lifted the 7-foot-tall statue off its base and used a forklift to move it into Beaver Stadium as the 100 to 150 students watching chanted, “We are Penn State.”

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Paterno Family Issues Statement

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Reaction from State College

The family of the late Joe Paterno has issued a statement in reaction to the removal of the statue honoring the former Penn State football coach. The statement read in part: “Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth.”

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Penn State President Orders Paterno Statue Removal

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Paterno Statue on Friday

Penn State University will remove the famed statue of Joe Paterno outside its football stadium, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.

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