Penn State Loses First Game of Post-Paterno Era 17-14

Given what went on this past week in State College, many people worried about what might happen today in Penn State versus Nebraska. Some thought the game shouldn’t even be played; out of both respect to Jerry Sandusky’s victims and fear of public safety.

There was a bomb threat; but luckily nothing was found and there have been no major injuries reported. Thus far, no other serious incidents have made public knowledge, so it’s safe to say the game went off much better than expected.

On to actual college football. The game began with both teams joining at midfield for a pre-game prayer.

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#12 Penn State Nittany Lions #19 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Darren Rovell's photo Penn State's logo today (via @Quickish, @n2st)

Penn State news that actually focuses on college football? Hhmm, yeah, we’ll try.

It’s hard to think about football when you have a campus in mutiny due to the firing of one of the game’s biggest icons. And that firing was justified because of the university’s looking the other way while a defensive coordinator raped children.

It’s also harder to preview this game when Penn State cancelled their weekly press conference. But alas, we will talk about football. It’s SAD and PATHETIC that PSU is “carrying the flag” for the Big Ten conference. They’re the highest ranked team, the only team with just one-loss and the only squad undefeated in conference play.

So, until further notice they are the Big Ten’s (sigh) “best team.”

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Penn State Campus Now Rioting, Demonstrating (Photos)

In a span of five days, we’ve seen the Penn State Nittany Lions sex scandal go from breaking news story, to earth-shattering scandal to surreal,”take a moment to remember where you are” type of media circus.

And it’s perfectly understandable, since new information breaks every hour, and the situation gets darker, weirder, sadder and indicative of the worst elements in human nature every time news breaks.

Now the students in University Park have taken to the streets, yes they are demonstrating, rioting. Yes rallying and taking grassroots political action supporting Joe Paterno. Now that JoePa has been fired, that town is going to burn.

Here are some photos:

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JOE PATERNO FIRED! Tom Bradley Named Penn St Interim Coach

 

The Penn State University board of trustees had an emergency meeting tonight and decided to dismiss Joe Paterno as head college football coach at Penn State University. I’m sure you know why.

So it appears he will not go out at the end of the season, as he preferred to do. Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley has been promoted to interim head coach; and he will lead the team Saturday versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Jaguars, Penn St LB Paul Posluszny: Sandusky’s Revered at PSU

As you know, Penn State is known as “Linebacker U.” At least it was prior to the child rape scandal which has engulfed the media world the past five days. Now Happy Valley is more known as “Creepy Valley.”

And when you read the quote below, it’ll get even creepier. Paul Posluszny of the Jacksonville Jaguars shared his thoughts with Jacksonville.com. According to another former Penn State linebacker, Dan Connor, Posluszny and Sandusky were pretty close.

All college football players walk around on campus as if they own the entire planet. Double that at Penn State; double it again if you’re a linebacker at Linebacker U. So you know Posluszny was BMOC in University Park, yet during his time there he saw Jerry Sandusky as someone who walks on water at PSU.- someone much higher above them. [Read more…]

Breaking: Penn State President Graham Spanier Gone By Day’s End

Darren Rovell's photo Penn State's logo today (via @Quickish, @n2st)

Multiple outlets, including ESPN, are reporting that Penn State president Graham Spanier will be gone by the end of the day- either he’ll resign, or he’ll be forced out. The man now nicknamed “Cocker Spanier” has gone unseen and unheard during all this.

The on-campus rioting/demonstration last night conveyed that this has really gone on long enough.

Obviously Spanier has to go, there is a groundswell of grassroots support for his ouster.

More than 1,600 people in nearly every state created a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Penn St. University’s Board of Trustees to fire President Graham Spanier after he failed to notify the police about a 2002 incident of suspected child sexual abuse in the locker room of the university’s football team by retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
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Joe Paterno’s 46th Season at Penn State will be Last

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On Tuesday, Mark Viera and Pete Thamel of the New York Times reported that Penn State University is planning the resignation of long-time Head Coach Joe Paterno. We learned today that it will happen at the end of the 2011 season. JoePa will indeed step down; but not until finishing the seaon.

Penn State had to make some heavy decisions these past 24 hours as the Jerry Sandusky scandal has snowballed into one of the biggest stories in college football history.

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