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Latest Penn State Scandal News

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. [ Penn State football family reacts on Twitter] [VIDEO: Watch all of’s Penn State video segments] [AP: Get

Statement from Paterno family about NCAA sanctions

Joe Paterno’s family released a statement in response to the sanctions announced by the NCAA against Penn State on Monday. Read the whole statement in this post. [ Penn State football family reacts on Twitter] [VIDEO: Watch all of’s Penn State video segments] Here’s the entire Paterno family statement: “Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it. The horrific acts committed by Jerry Sandusky shock the conscience of every decent human being. How Sandusky was able to get away with his crimes for so long has yet

Big Ten Conference Censures Penn State

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. [ Penn State football family reacts to sanctions on Twitter] [VIDEO: Watch all of’s Penn State video segments] Among the penalties, the Big Ten says

Twitter: Penn State Family Reacts to Sanctions

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. [ Twitter reaction from national media personalities] [ Dienhart: What’s next for Nittany Lions?] [ Paterno family responds to NCAA sanctions] [VIDEO: Watch all of’s Penn State

Video Gallery: Penn State Analysis

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 (, David Jones (Harrisburg Patriot-News) and others. Find all of our videos from today’s coverage in one place. [ Penn State football family reacts to sanctions on Twitter] [ Dienhart: What’s next for Nittany Lions?] **** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ****

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. [ Penn State football family reacts to sanctions on Twitter] [VIDEO: Watch all of’s Penn State video segments]

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. Joyner said in part: “Working together, the path ahead will not be easy. But it is necessary, just, and will bring a better future. Our faculty, staff, students, athletes, and parents will work together as Penn State begins this new chapter. Through this cooperation and collaboration, Penn State will become a national model

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. [ Penn State football family reacts to sanctions] [VIDEO: Watch all of’s Penn State video segments] Penn State put on five years probation — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 23, 2012 Penn State must reduce 10 initial scholarships and 20 total scholarships each year for four years. — Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 23, 2012 NCAA penalties:

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). BTN & BTN2Go will air live coverage starting at 8:55 a.m. ET with Dave Revsine and our studio team in Chicago, Mike Hall and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) in Indianapolis for the news conference, and Rick Pizzo on the Penn State campus

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 senior writer Tom Dienhart’s column where he says this is clearly the right thing to do. But the headline of Sunday morning soon became somewhat of a footnote as the NCAA called a