Joe Paterno’s Family Appeals Penn State Sanctions

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Don Van NattaJr., ESPN.com is reporting that the family of Joe Paterno has sent a letter of appeal concerning the NCAA‘s Penn State sanctions. The letter, received by the NCAA on Friday, asks that the sanctions against Penn State and Joe Paterno for covering up the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal be appealed.

A copy of the letter has fallen into the hands of ESPN’s Outside the Lines, a podcast that airs Sunday mornings and is available for download here.

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Will the Big 10 give Penn State the boot?

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In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky trial and the cover-up by Penn State officials of the fact that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children, there has been much speculation on what the future holds for the Penn State football program.

What sanctions will the program face?

Will the Paterno statue be taken down?

Will the NCAA remove the football team from the school altogether for a period of time (the Death Penalty)?

However, few have asked what the Big Ten will do with the program. Could the Big Ten decide to remove Penn State from the conference?

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Penn State covered up Jerry Sandusky? New emails imply it

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Newly released emails from 2001 by the disgraced Penn State trio of former officials (Gary Schultz, Graham Spanier and Tim Curley) discussed Jerry Sandusky and appeared to reference Joe Paterno. Check that, they imply deference not reference to Paterno. As if to say what Joe Paterno wanted, Joe Paterno got.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported on emails exchanged between Penn State University officials back in ’01.

According to the report, Curley, Schultz and Spanier exchanged emails to determine how they would deal with child sex abuse allegations that had come up regarding Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 of 48 child rape charges against him a week from last night.

The emails show that they initially planned to tell the authorities about the allegations, but instead opted not to after speaking with “Joe.” Now which Joe would that be? One of the emails shown by CNN reads:(h/t SB Nation)

“After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. I am having trouble with going to everyone, but the person involved.”

Stories of a cover-up have emerged for some time, and reports of such emails surfaced on June 12th. However, this is the first time we’ve seen a paper trail that could further besmirch this high profile institution of college football and the Big Ten. Even the biggest “JoePa” apologists and acolytes have to admit that this evidence could be rather damning of Paterno and his so-called legacy.

And there is no doubt that he wielded enough clout at the school to have the officials defer to him on their decision. When Beaver Stadium was renovated, Paterno allegedly did not have the press box upgraded because of his distaste/grudges with the media. And when the city wanted to expand the airport, he reportedly nixed that- wanting the community to stay as much insulated and cut off as possible, as to further consolidate his power. If these last two stories can be verified, then it only further proves that Paterno was the man truly running the University and town. In the same manner Dick Cheney and Halliburton truly ran the United States for eight years while George W. Bush was president.

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Update: Jerry Sandusky on Suicide Watch; Sanctions possible for PSU?

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Update from MSNBC:

Karl Rominger said Sandusky was under individual guard at the county jail, known as suicide watch, and was apart from the general prison population, Reuters reported. 

It was not clear if Sandusky had acted in a way that threatened his own life, or if the move was standard procedure in such a high-profile case.

Rominger reiterated that the former defensive coach for Penn State football will appeal the verdict, a process that can happen when Sandusky is sentenced in 90 days or so.

Make no mistake, this college football story is a not a football story. It’s a million times bigger than that. The Harrisburg Patriot-News’ Sara Ganim won a Pulitzer for reporting on this, and she’s a news reporter, not a sports reporter.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted tonight on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse. Even his own adopted son accused of him of doing so. Per sentencing guidelines, he’ll get at least 60 years, and faces a maximum of 442 years in prison. He’ll find out his specific fate in 90 days, but this much is clear- he’ll die in prison and rot in hell.

JUSTICE has prevailed!

But what about the Penn State program?

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More Penn State coaches say they showered with young boys

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Just when you thought the details of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and the Penn State cover-up of his alleged child rape couldn’t offend your sensibilities and morals any further, we learned today during the Sandusky trial that other coaches, in addition to Jerry Sandusky used to shower with little boys in Happy Valley.

Yes, this only gets creepier, sicker and weirder. Apparently, it was common practice for grown adult men to be showering with young boys in the PSU college football program.

From the Miami Herald:

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2 potential jurors in Sandusky trial wearing Penn St. shirts; 3 jurors selected

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Having connections to Penn State University will not exactly eliminate your chances of serving on the jury for the Jerry Sandusky trial. Of course, sometimes the bias and slant is just way too obvious, like when potential jurors show up wearing Penn State t-shirts.

From the award-winning Sarah Ganim of the Patriot News:

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Mike McQueary to sue Penn State, seek whistleblower status

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Former Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary is filing a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. The paperwork was filed today on behalf of his lawyer Eliot Strokoff. That is his name- how unfortunate that we are not joking. You have to admit that’s funny.

Genuinely funny, not dark humor like how Jerry Sandusky is being represented by a man who impregnated a minor who was about a third his age.

A writ of summons for a civil case was filed in county court today; giving Penn State University notice that he’s suing them.

Pedophilia Stadium instead? Paterno family turns down Penn St. stadium namesake

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The family of Joe Paterno turned down an offer from Penn State University, which sought to rename Beaver Stadium after the late college football leader in Division 1 coaching victories, according to a report from The Patriot-News yesterday.

How about Child Rape Stadium instead? That way you can name it after Paterno’s right hand man of many years Jerry Sandusky. I just realized how odd it is that the stadium shares its name with a slang term for female genitalia, when it’s now become synonymous with the type of acts that only NAMBLA would approve of; illegal and immoral behavior by a man who isn’t really interested in “beaver.” (allegedly)

(again how the f*** is Jerry Sandusky actually married? Who the f*** marries/stays married to [an alleged] child rapist?)

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Feds subpoena Penn St. Univ in Sandusky case; seek financial records

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It looks like things are finally getting done in the Penn State Jerry Sandusky child rape case. Now the Federal officials are stepping in and turning the wheels, overriding the inactivity that we’ve seen from the state and local levels.

From the AP:

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Nike’s Phil Knight Addresses Paterno Firing at Memorial Service

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Someone had to talk about it; the elephant in the room. In all the tributes paid to Joe Paterno these past few days, a few talked about his recent dismissal. Little to none discussed it in a substantive sense. Nike CEO Phil Knight at least touched upon it; but ended up doing little more than Paterno/Penn State cheerleading.

Maybe it would have been better if he had just kept his mouth shut.

Thursday’s memorial event ended the public mourning period for Paterno. Public viewings were held Tuesday and Wednesday morning at a campus followed by a funeral Mass, procession and burial for Paterno that afternoon.

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Penn St. Alums in State Capital: JUST DON’T GET IT

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Everyone gets the “death bounce;” no matter who they are or what they’ve done. And by death bounce, I mean the mainstream media, and with it John Q. Public, just going ahead and glossing over everything that person did wrong while they were alive.

Well, hopefully a monster like Jerry Sandusky doesn’t get the death bounce.

Considering all that went down with Joe Paterno and Penn State, and just a few weeks ago at that, I’m shocked that Paterno has been as deified, lionized, and sanctified as he has by the internet, television, radio and print media.

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With Paterno Dead (RIP 1926-2012), Still Not Time To Discuss His Legacy

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Just days after a controversial interview did little to stem the tide of animosity flooding his way, it was revealed that former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno had suffered a serious setback in his treatment for lung cancer, and that his family and friends were stationed by his bedside to say their final goodbyes. He died Sunday at the age of 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.

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