Joe Paterno

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Reports: Joe Paterno Knew About Sexual Abuse for Decades

And 6 other coaches had witnessed it as far back as 1976

(Newser) - According to new reports, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may have known about Jerry Sandusky molesting children as far back as 1971—a full 30 years earlier than he had previously claimed. Based on court documents and inside sources, NBC News reports up to six assistant coaches had... More »

Paterno Knew of Sandusky Abuses in 1976: Insurer

Family lawyer says there is 'no corroborating evidence'

(Newser) - One line in a court order has revealed what PennLive calls a "bombshell" in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer wrote than an insurer—involved in a dispute over whether it should cover the $60 million in settlements Penn State... More »

Trump Weirds Out Crowd With Joe Paterno Reference

His remarks at Pittsburgh rally were ... confusing

(Newser) - Donald Trump wants to make things great again, and also to bring things back—including late Penn State coach Joe Paterno. At least that was the confusing impression he made Wednesday during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh. For the Win reports he asked the crowd gathered there, "How's... More »

Jerry Sandusky Speaks

Talks Paterno, McQueary in telephone interviews

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky says that if Penn State coach Joe Paterno "absolutely thought" he was a pedophile, he would not have let him coach. "If he had a suspicion, I don't know the answer to that," he says. He made the statement in the course of 3.... More »

Paternos Blast Freeh Report as 'Rush to Injustice'

Dead coach's family commission own report to salvage legacy

(Newser) - Joe Paterno 's family is trying to get the last word in on the tarnished legacy of the legendary Penn State coach, releasing this morning a report of their own that blasts the findings of the Freeh Report. Calling Louis Freeh's conclusion that Paterno concealed Jerry Sandusky'... More »

Pacino to Play Paterno in Penn State Movie

'Happy Valley' will explore Penn State scandal

(Newser) - The story of Joe Paterno and his fall from grace amid the Penn State sex abuse scandal is being turned into a movie, with some big names attached. Al Pacino will play the legendary coach in Happy Valley, which will be directed by Brian De Palma, Deadline reports. The two... More »

Book: Paterno Sobbed After Penn State Firing

New biography out Tuesday

(Newser) - Joe Paterno spent the day after he was fired from his position as Penn State's legendary football coach crying "continually," writes Joe Posnanski in his new biography of the coach, Paterno. "He sobbed uncontrollably" in a meeting with his coaches at his home. Later, speaking to... More »

Penn State's Accreditation 'in Jeopardy'

Officials vow to set things right

(Newser) - The Jerry Sandusky fallout hasn't only seriously damaged Penn State's legendary football program. Now the university faces serious accreditation problems. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which determines if schools are meeting standards and can continue to function as a university, has warned that Penn State's... More »

The NCAA Can't Erase History

Penn State's voided victories should count, Gary Alan Fine argues

(Newser) - Penn State surely deserved to be punished for the Jerry Sandusky coverup, but one part of the NCAA's decision was a bit disturbing, author Gary Alan Fine writes in the New York Times . The NCAA "vacated" Penn State's victories from 1998 to 2011—and with them Joe... 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 »

Penn State Taking Down Paterno Statue

Crews have blockaded area outside Beaver Stadium

(Newser) - Penn State is taking down the tarnished statue of longtime coach Joe Paterno, reports the AP . The university's president, Rod Erickson, has confirmed that he has given the order to remove the iconic statue, and a chainlink fence is blockading the area outside Beaver Stadium this morning. "I... More »

Penn State Students Guarding Paterno Statue

Plane tows banner over campus vowing to take statue down

(Newser) - Penn State students have rallied to protect a statue of disgraced former coach Joe Paterno. A vigil to protect the bronze statue outside Beaver Stadium began after a plane flew over campus earlier this week with a banner reading: "Take the statue down or we will," reports the... More »

Why Paterno's Statue Must Stand

Penn State can't forget how it deified Joe Paterno: Ta-Nehisi Coates

(Newser) - The people of Happy Valley revered Joe Paterno, and the brand of scholarly athleticism he preached—so much so that they rioted when he was fired. "It is a truth of history that good people do sometimes do heinous things, but that makes it no easier for the human... More »

NCAA Prez: 'Death Penalty' on Table for Penn State

'It was more than a football scandal,' Mark Emmert tells Tavis Smiley

(Newser) - NCAA President Mark Emmert strongly hinted that the NCAA would take action against Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal—and that the so-called "death penalty" was a possibility. "I've never seen anything as egregious," Emmert told Tavis Smiley,... More »

Paterno Family to Investigate Freeh Report

Family does not agree with damning conclusions

(Newser) - In the wake of the damning Freeh report and the outrage that has followed , Joe Paterno's family is launching its own probe into the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal. Paterno family members "are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree with" the former FBI director's report, they say in a... 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 Was a Selfish Liar

Sally Jenkins says the football coach cared more about his legacy than kids

(Newser) - There's no longer any room for doubt: "Joe Paterno was a liar," writes Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post , who was the last to interview Paterno before his death. How, she had asked, could he not have known about the 1998 grand jury investigation into Sandusky? "... More »

Critics Want JoePa's Statue Down

Others demand that Penn State drop, or change, football

(Newser) - The reverberations of the Freeh Report continue, and while Joe Paterno's family concedes "it can be argued that Joe Paterno should have gone further," relatives insist that to think "he would have protected Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity is simply not realistic." (The Daily ... More »

Nike Pulls Paterno's Name Off Child Care Center

Freeh report changes shoe company's tune

(Newser) - Nike has decided to drop Joe Paterno's name from the company's child care center, in light of the unsettling revelations in the Freeh Report . Until now, Nike had left the legendary coach's name alone, even as it began to seem, as Clare O'Connor at Forbes quips,... More »

Damning Penn State Report Released

Freeh Report: Spanier, Schultz, Paterno, Curley all disregarded victims' safety

(Newser) - Today's most anticipated news event has arrived: The 9am ET release of the so-called Freeh Report, Penn State's internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal based on more than 3.5 million emails and documents and 430 interviews. Highlights of the report, whose compilation was helmed by... More »

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