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Author: Paternos never tried to influence book

August 21, 2012 in West Central Tribune

The author of a new biography of Joe Paterno says the late Penn State coach and his family never tried to limit his access to them after the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke. Continue Reading

VIEWPOINT: Penn State, Paterno, and the hazards of leadership

August 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Joe Paterno himself put his legacy in fitting context. In his letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees, written a few months before his death, he said he regretted that he did not do more. These words are a cautious warning to coaches and leaders. Do not look the other way because of friendship or personal loyalty; do not choose comfortable image to reality. Continue Reading

Sandusky accuser to sue Penn State

July 26, 2012 in West Central Tribune

For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university. Continue Reading

Penn State players vow to stay post-scandal

July 25, 2012 in West Central Tribune

The Penn State football players looked on stoically as two of their teammates announced to the world: “We’re going to see this thing through.”
There were no smiles or slaps on the back among the more than 30 Nittany Lions who huddled outside the school’s football facility Wednesday morning. After the statement was read, they turned around and walked back into the building. Continue Reading

NCAA to punish Penn St.; Paterno statue removed

July 22, 2012 in West Central Tribune

The NCAA announced Sunday that it will issue sanctions against Penn State in the wake of a scathing report that found that top university officials buried child sex abuse allegations against a now-convicted retired assistant and led to the tearing down of the famed statue of once-sainted coach Joe Paterno. Continue Reading

NCAA to punish Penn State; Paterno statue removed

July 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The NCAA announced Sunday that it will issue sanctions against Penn State in the wake of a scathing report that found that top university officials buried child sex abuse allegations against a now-convicted retired assistant and led to the tearing down of the famed statue of once-sainted coach Joe Paterno. Continue Reading

Paterno family denies report findings

July 16, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Joe Paterno’s family on Monday vowed its own investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, rejecting the findings of a special investigator who concluded the late football coach and other top Penn State administrators concealed Sandusky’s abuse to shield the university from bad publicity. Continue Reading

AP Column: Paterno loses the benefit of the doubt

July 12, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Joe Paterno called his failure to do more to stop Jerry Sandusky’s serial child abuse ‘one of the great sorrows of my life.’ Up until Thursday, I believed it still Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Evidence confirms Paterno’s honor is history

July 12, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Believe what you want about the Penn State scandal. We do not pretend to know exactly how Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and others reacted after learning that Jerry Sandusky, a high-ranking former coach on their staff, was abusing children. Continue Reading

Inquiry: Penn St. officials concealed sex abuse

July 12, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

PHILADELPHIA Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing the former assistant football coach to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing report issued Thursday on the scandal. Continue Reading