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Penn State Links: National Voices Sound Off

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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O'Brien, Penn State Athletics React

Acting Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien released statements Monday reacting to Monday’s news from the NCAA. Joyner stressed the importance of begin entrusted with young people while O’Brien stressed he is committed to Penn State for the long term.

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Twitter: Track 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Watch our Penn State Special Report videos

BTN aired “Penn State Special Report,” an hour-long show dedicated to the Freeh Report findings Friday night. Dave Revsine hosted the special alongside Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The crew offered its thoughts on the findings, and Penn State professor Malcolm Moran, the inaugural Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society, Andy Staples and Pat Forde joined the show. Watch all of our “Penn State Special Report” videos in this post. Plus, read Tom Dienhart’s column, catch up on all the AP stories and read the complete Freeh Report.

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More reaction to Penn State's Freeh Report

There was more reaction to the latest Penn State developments on Friday as a number of people spoke publicly to a variety of outlets. Here’s a look at a few interviews, and we’ll add more as we come across them.

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Big Ten Links: Rounding Up Penn State Reactions

With the release of the Freeh Report and all of its damning revelations yesterday, reaction was swift and blunt.You know how I feel about the whole story. If you missed it, you can read it here. Each weekday I usually post a collection of links and tweets about stories worth a read – you can find my daily posts here. Today’s edition of my daily links focuses on Penn State. Here’s a look at how the Big Ten’s and nation’s leading pundits reacted. And, as you would suspect, it wasn’t pretty.

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BTN to air Penn State Special Report at 9 p.m. ET tonight

BTN will air a Penn State Special Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday following Thursday’s release of the Freeh Report as to Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. Hosted by Dave Revsine, the show will include BTN Analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith in-studio and Glen Mason from Minneapolis, as well as  Malcolm Moran, Penn State professor and the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism, from State College, and others.

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Dienhart: 'I thought I knew ya, JoePa'

Joe Paterno died back in January. Today, his legacy perished. That makes me sad. And it should make you sad, too. Less than a year ago, Paterno was an American icon. He was one brick away from finishing a castle of coaching greatness as he zeroed in on the all-time win record for Division I coaching.

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