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Marking a return to football

Greg Burpee

Penn State Board of Trustees Meeting

As another Big Ten football Saturday approaches, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart posts his usual weekly football previews, his weekend selections and his list of notable things to keep an eye on, but it comes against the backdrop of more updates on the Penn State story. Earlier Friday Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Garban pledged to support interim President Rod Erickson as the board works “for the future of this institution that we respect and love.” We’ve put a video clip from this morning’s meeting in this post. Meanwhile, former Nittany Lions player Rich Mauti expects at least 75 former players to attend Saturday’s game in a show of support for the school after the late announcement Thursday night that assistant coach Mike McQueary won’t be there and has been placed on administrative leave.

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Penn State Trustees Met Friday Morning

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Penn State Board of Trustees Meeting

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 support Erickson as the board works “for the future of this institution that we respect and love.” Read the full AP story here.

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Dienhart: Look ahead after a long, sad week

Penn State's Silas Redd

The Legacy of Joe Paterno

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.

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Purdue Beats the Hawkeyes, 3-2

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Iowa at Purdue - Volleyball Wrap-Up

The University of Iowa volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to 10th-ranked Purdue Thursday night inside Halloway Gym (22-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, 15-6). Iowa threatened to sweep the Boilermakers, grabbing leads of 8-5 and 14-13 in the third frame, but Purdue ran away from a 15-15 tie with 10 straight points to win set three, 25-15. The Boilermakers then built an early 10-3 advantage in the fourth set and eventually held on for another 25-15 decision to force a decisive set five. Watch the Student U wrap-up now and jump inside for more coverage of the Iowa-Purdue match-up.

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Big Ten Blast: Penn State Update

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Big Ten Blast: Nov. 10, 2011 Afternoon 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.

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Recapping the latest from Penn State

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Tom Bradley Press Conference

The announcement that Penn State assistant coach Tom Bradley is now the interim head coach of the Penn State football team is the latest in a whirlwind of events swirling around Penn State University. Late Wednesday night the Penn State Board of Trustees announced that Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier had been fired, a stunning development that brought reaction from players and came on the heels of the news that the 84-year-old Paterno had hoped to remain and retire at the end of the season. Our TV crew on Big Ten Football & Beyond covered it all Wednesday night.

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