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NCAA Lifts Penn State Sex-Abuse Sanctions

George Mitchell's report says school is making progress

(Newser) - The NCAA today lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban and restoring scholarships. Penn State was halfway through a 4-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA rescinded some of the... More »

Penn State Plays 1st Game Since Sex Scandal

New coach Bill O'Brien gets strong support from fans

(Newser) - Penn State fans ushered in a new era in the football program with a raucous ovation as the team stormed the field for the first game under coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien, the former offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, led the charge in the first home opener... More »

Penn State Sanctions Not Nearly Enough

NCAA football needs to learn a lesson: Joe Nocera

(Newser) - The sanctions handed down to Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal were harsher than Joe Nocera thought they would be—but not harsh enough. The NCAA should have imposed the so-called "death penalty," a move that would have been reminiscent of University... More »

NCAA to Hit Penn State With 'Unprecedented' Penalties

Announcement coming tomorrow, 'death penalty' on the table

(Newser) - Even as Penn State took down Joe Paterno's statue this morning, the NCAA is getting ready to levy "unprecedented" penalties against the university, an NCAA source tells CBS News . "I've never seen anything like it," the source says. The NCAA itself confirmed that "corrective... More »

Joe Paterno Got Hefty Contract Amid Inquiry

He got $5.5M, had agreed in summer not to coach after 2011

(Newser) - The New York Times has a story today illustrating the power of Joe Paterno at Penn State: Even as the Jerry Sandusky investigation was proceeding and Paterno had testified before a grand jury, he negotiated a richer contract for himself loaded with perks and worth roughly $5.5 million. The... More »

Joe Paterno Dead at 85

Penn State confirms death of beloved former coach

(Newser) - Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal, has died, his family confirmed this morning. He was 85. Paterno "died as he lived," read the statement. "He fought hard... More »

Joe Paterno in Serious Condition

Former Penn State coach takes turn for the worse with lung cancer

(Newser) - Joe Paterno's doctors say the former Penn State coach's condition has become "serious" after he experienced complications from lung cancer in recent days. The winningest major college football coach of all time, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State's board of trustees ousted him Nov. 9... More »

Joe Paterno's Son Leaving Penn State, Too

Jay Paterno had been team's quarterbacks coach

(Newser) - The final tie between Penn State football and the Paterno family has been severed. Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno announced he was leaving the program after spending 17 years as an assistant under his father, Joe. His departure was expected after the school last week named New England Patriots offensive coordinator... More »

'Pedobear' Mocks Penn State at Bowl Game

Costumed fan wears 'Keep quiet and don't tell anyone' sign

(Newser) - "Pedobear" turned up to poke fun at Penn State during the Nittany Lions' 30-14 loss to the Houston Cougars at the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas. A fan, dressed as an Internet meme used to mock pedophiles, wore a sign reading: "Keep quiet and don’t tell anyone”... More »

Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer

Family says it's treatable, and a full recovery is expected

(Newser) - Joe Paterno has lung cancer, his family said today. Son Scott specified that it was treatable and said doctors expected a "full recovery" for his 84-year-old father, reports USA Today . "As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that... More »

Please, Penn State, Decline Your Bowl Game

This season needs to be put out of its misery, Chris Dufresne argues

(Newser) - Penn State has been tone deaf throughout the Jerry Sandusky crisis, so it’s no surprise that its interim president recently said the team should play in a bowl game this year. Wrong, says Chris Dufresne of the LA Times . “Penn State’s season can’t end fast enough.... More »

Big Break in Sandusky Investigation: Online Post

Police talked to McQueary after spotting rumor of Sandusky cover-up

(Newser) - A vital break in the investigation into Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of young boys came from a posting in a forum where people chatted about Penn State athletics, the New York Times finds in a detailed look at the case. Investigators—who already suspected that the former defensive... More »

Paterno Transferred Home to Wife for $1 in July

Experts think deal may have been attempt to shield assets from suits

(Newser) - Joe Paterno transferred full ownership of his $594,000 home to his wife, Sue, for $1 a few months before the Penn State scandal exploded, the New York Times finds. Legal experts believe that the football coach—who was fired last week and admitted that he could have done more... More »

McQueary: I Didn't Turn and Run

Coach says he did the right thing when he saw Sandusky abusing boy

(Newser) - Mike McQueary has told former Penn State teammates that contrary to what many people infer from his grand jury testimony, he didn't allow Jerry Sandusky to continue what he was doing when McQueary allegedly saw him attack a 10-year-old boy, the New York Daily News reports. "I didn'... More »

Emotional Day at Penn State as Game Goes On

Teams, fans join in moment of silence for victims

(Newser) - The Penn State faithful were out in force today to support the young victims, the school, and the football team in its game against Nebraska, reports AP . Both teams took a knee in silence at midfield before the game. It's the first time in nearly 50 years that Joe... More »

Penn State Puts Assistant Coach on Administrative Leave

Mike McQueary won't be coaching the football team for time being

(Newser) - Penn State has placed the assistant coach in the middle of its unfolding scandal on administrative leave, reports AP . Mike McQueary has been getting death threats since his role became known: He told a grand jury that he saw Jerry Sandusky raping a boy on campus in 2002. He did... More »

Paterno Turns to Criminal Defense Lawyer

...who represented George HW Bush in Iran-Contra affair

(Newser) - Joe Paterno hasn’t been charged with any crimes in the Penn State abuse case, but he has reached out to prominent criminal defense lawyer J. Sedgwick Sollers to represent him just in case, sources tell NBC News . The Washington-based Sollers is famed for having once represented George HW Bush... More »

Threats Keep McQueary Off Sidelines

Future in question for assistant coach

(Newser) - Mike McQueary—the assistant coach in the middle of the Penn State scandal —has received multiple threats and won't be at tomorrow's game against Nebraska after all, officials say. Interim head coach Tom Bradley, who took charge after the firing of Joe Paterno , had earlier told a... More »

Students Riot Over Paterno Ouster

Angry kids throw rocks at police, overturn news van

(Newser) - Thousands of Penn State students rioted last night, tearing down light poles, throwing rocks and firecrackers at police, and overturning a news truck in a show of anger over the university's trustees firing of coaching legend Joe Paterno , reports the New York Times . “Of course we’re going... More »

Joe Paterno: I Will Retire After Season

'I've lived for this place,' disgraced coach tells fans

(Newser) - Joe Paterno will end his storied career as Penn State's football coach, reports Fox 29 News , stepping down in disgrace at age 84 amid the sexual abuse scandal that tarnished his decades of squeaky-clean success. "I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this... More »

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