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Big Ten concerned about Penn State institutional control

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. Earlier Thursday, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was released from jail after posting bail. Following a meeting this week of The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C), the Big Ten released a statement Thursday on behalf of the COP/Conference. Specifically on Thursday, the Big Ten said: “While it is premature to reach any conclusions regarding civil or criminal

Paterno has lung cancer, son says

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.

NCAA to investigate Penn State athletic programs

Penn State has learned via letter from NCAA President Mark Emmert that the governing body of collegiate sports will launch an investigation of the university’s athletic programs in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by a former assistant coach and charges of perjury against to two senior school officials, according to a release posted at Penn State Live website ( Read the full release here including the PDF of the letter from the NCAA, and read the updated entire AP story right here. Earlier Friday, David Joyner was formally introduced as the school’s acting athletic director (read the full

Big Ten Makes Change to Football Trophy

On Monday the Big Ten Conference announced it is removing Joe Paterno’s name from the Big Ten Conference Football Championship trophy. The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy and it will now be the Stagg Championship Trophy. Watch the Big Ten Blast video in this post to get the latest details. You can get caught up on the latest from Penn State with our story archive from the Associated Press. and our posts from the last 10 days. So, do you remember Stagg? Here’s his bio from “A coaching pioneer in several sports, Amos Alonzo Stagg

Interim PSU President Took Questions Friday

Rodney Erickson, Penn State’s interim president, met with the media on Friday afternoon at the end of a long and extraordinary week for the school and the football program. Asked if Mike McQueary was placed on leave for his conduct or to ensure his safety, Erickson said it was “a complicated situation.” “What became clear is that, under any circumstances, he would not be able to function in a coaching role,” Erickson said in his first news conference as president. He replaced Graham Spanier who, like Paterno, was fired Wednesday night. Read more about an incredible even days at the

Penn State Boosts Weekend Security

Penn State announced extra security measures for Saturday’s football game as well as any home athletic events through Sunday. “Bags of any sort, including purses, will not be permitted at the Bryce Jordan Center, Greenburg Ice Pavilion, Jeffrey Field and Rec Hall,” the school announced. A,so, all fans at the football game are encouraged to wear blue. Also fans are encouraged to arrive at the football stadium gates earlier than usual as the extra safety measures may delay fans entrance into the stadium. Inspections will be more deliberate and thorough, and the University’s regulation on bags will be strictly enforced.

Penn State Trustees Met Friday Morning

Penn State’s board of trustees met Friday morning at the end of a week that saw the board fired Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier amid a child sex abuse case against a former team assistant. The AP reports: “In front of an overflow crowd at a meeting that was moved from a hotel boardroom to a ballroom to accommodate more people, the trustees opened with Chairman Steve Garban welcoming interim President Rod Erickson. Gov. Tom Corbett was also on hand to help the board navigate a course through the turmoil. Garban pledged to

Dienhart: Look ahead after a long, sad week

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. Paterno will not be leading his Nittany Lions out of the tunnel. Longtime assistant coach Tom Bradley will be the team’s interim head coach while another veteran assistant,

#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 and archive full episode on,  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. Late Thursday night,

Big Ten Blast: Penn State 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.