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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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.The university said Sunday that it will take down the larger-than-life monument in the face of an investigative report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that found the late coach, along with three top Penn State administrators, concealed the abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago in order to shield the university and its football program from negative publicity.[Tom Dienhart: Remember lessons, not statue]A spokeswoman for the Paterno family did not immediately return phone and email messages Sunday morning. For more, read the full AP story now.Penn State President Rodney Erickson released a statement that reads in part:”I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.”Visit PSU.edu for the full statement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Big Ten says it will review the child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State and reserve the right to sanction the school depending on what it finds. This would be in addition to NCAA looking into possible rules violations.
The Associated Press reports that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno said in a statement provided to The Associated Press by a family representative on Friday that the 84-year-old Joe Paterno is undergoing treatment and that “his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery.” Read the full story here.