Tag:Penn State Scandal
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Virginia denies Penn State contact with London

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Official word from the Virginia athletic department is that any stories regarding Mike London's direct or indirect contact with Penn State about a coaching position are "simply not true."  The Cavaliers, trailing only Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division standings, face Duke at home on Saturday.



After nearly half of a century, the Penn State head football coaching position is open. While interim head coach Tom Bradley prepares the current roster for a run at the Big Ten title, the school has already begun looking toward the future. According to a local report, Penn State has already begun targeting potential candidates. One of the first of which being Virginia head coach Mike London.

CBSSports.com's Jim Rodenbush reports that Penn State contacted London before Paterno was officially dismissed by the Board of Trustees. According to the Washington Post, London told Trustees Charman Steve Garban that he was not interested in the job.

While London has no specific ties to the Nittany Lions, he did spend three seasons on the Virginia coaching staff under then-defensive coordinator Al Golden. Golden, former tight end and team captain at Penn State, has been immediately suggested as a candidate for the job, though the Miami head coach insists that he and his family are happy in Coral Gables. London eventually followed Golden as defensive coordinator for two seasons before spending two seasons as the head coach at Richmond.

In only his second year at Virginia, London already has the Cavaliers bowl eligible and in contention for an ACC Coastal Division title. With a focus on in-state recruiting and rebuilding pride in the program, London's strides in Charlottesville deserve the attention he has been receiving. His "no thanks" to Penn State likely has as much (if not more) to do with the success at Virginia than the issues in State College.

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Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:35 pm
 

McQueary will not coach due to 'multiple threats'

Posted by Adam Jacobi

After being spared his job by the Penn State board of trustees, assistant coach Mike McQueary -- a witness of an alleged sexual assault by former PSU assistant Jerry Sandusky -- will not be on the sidelines on Saturday as his Nittany Lions take on Nebraska in PSU's home finale.

According to a statement released by Penn State on Wednesday, McQueary received "multiple threats," and the Penn State athletic department decided that "it would be in the best interest of all for Assistant Coach McQueary not to be in attendance" for the Saturday game.

McQueary is under fire for reporting the alleged sexual assault to his father and to Joe Paterno, but not the police. Paterno has since been fired, and the two administrators that Paterno then notified face charges of perjury and failure to report child abuse.
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Report: McQueary will not be on sideline Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley spoke to the media on Thursday, just hours after the official dismissal of Joe Paterno, one of the many questions left unanswered in the press conference was the status of wide receivers coach Mike McQueary.

With President Graham Spanier and head coach Joe Paterno relieved of their duties in response to details surrounding the Jerry Sandusky investigation, McQueary's future with Penn State also appears uncertain. The wide receivers' coach has not issued a formal resignation, and there has been no official word from the school on whether he will be on the sidelines or in the press box for Saturday's home finale against Nebraska

CBSSports.com's Jim Rodenbush reports that McQueary is not expected to be on the sideline for Saturday's game, according to a local paper. The Board of Trustees does not plan to fire McQueary or ask him to resign, but would like him off the field out of concern for his safety.

After seeing the reaction from the Penn State community on Wednesday night, the safety of the players and coaches has become a top concern for Saturday. Nebraska has asked Penn State's police department to take appropriate security measures to ensure a conflict-free visit for their players, coaches, and traveling party.

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Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: November 10, 2011 11:53 am
 

NCAA President Emmert on Penn State scandal

Posted by Chip Patterson

As the scandal at Penn State has continued to unfold, one of the questions that has come up involves the possible action of the NCAA. While the immediate concern in the investigation of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is legal, it is possible the program could be found in violation of NCAA bylaws.

The school has already relieved President Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley, and head football coach Joe Paterno of their duties in the last week, but the program could face further punishment from the NCAA.

On Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert released on a statement regarding the NCAA's stance on the Penn State scandal.

Regarding the ongoing Penn State criminal investigation, the NCAA is actively monitoring developments and assessing appropriate steps moving forward. The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes.

As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether Association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. To be clear, civil and criminal law will always take precedence over Association rules.

The stance is predictable, but also appropriate for the time. The crimes that have been allegedly committed at Penn State take a much higher priority than possible NCAA violations, and I'd argue that most college football fans can agree with that position. If there is any potential violation I assume it would be uncovered in the criminal investigation, and then the NCAA would have a chance to respond.

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Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Joe Paterno fired by Penn State board of trustees

Posted by Adam Jacobi

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On Wednesday morning, Joe Paterno announced that he would retire at the end of Penn State's football season. On Wednesday evening, the Penn State board of trustees decided that wasn't enough.

The trustees cleaned house at a Wednesday night meeting, announcing that both Paterno and PSU president Graham Spanier were done with the school effective immediately. That means Joe Paterno's legendary, 46-year career as head coach of Penn State is, as of today, officially over. Tom Bradley, who has spent the last 33 years coaching alongside Paterno as a defensive assistant, has been named the interim head coach for the rest of the 2011 season.

John P. Surma, the vice chairman of the board of trustees, announced at the ensuing press conference that the decision to remove Paterno was unanimous. "The university is much larger than its athletic teams," said Surma. The press conference was marked by numerous angry and accusatory questions, many of which Surma chose to ignore.

Paterno, 84, leaves Penn State as the winningest coach in major college football history, having just passed Grambling legend Eddie Robinson in his last game. He was notified of the board's decision by phone call, according to Surma, and after the press conference, he greeted a small group of students who had come to his house by telling them, "Right now I'm not the football coach."

Later, Paterno issued a longer statement from his home, saying the following:

"I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees decision, but I have to accept it. A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, it's property and all that we value. I have been incredibly blessed to spend my entire career working with people I love. I am grateful beyond words to all of the coaches, players and staff who have been a part of this program. And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be forever in your debt." 

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Paterno's firing comes as his Nittany Lions are ranked 12th in the nation and leading the Big Ten Leaders Division with an 8-1 (5-0) record. It was the 19th time in his career that a Paterno-led Penn State team had started the season with at least eight wins in its first nine games.

The status of Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and of vice president/treasurer Gary Schultz is still to be determined. Both men face charges for perjury and failure to report child abuse in their roles in the Sandusky scandal. Surma would not say at the conference whether the two men would continue to have their legal fees paid by the university.

Paterno has come under harsh criticism - including from within the community known as Happy Valley - for not taking more action in 2002 after then-graduate assistant and current assistant coach Mike McQueary came to him and reported seeing Sandusky in the Penn State showers with a 10-year-old boy. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz.

Earlier Wednesday, Paterno had said in a statement that he was "absolutely devastated by the developments in this case." "I grieve for the children and their families," said Paterno, "and I pray for their comfort and relief."

Paterno informed his players on Wednesday of his intent to retire in an tear-filled team meeting. Afterward, many players told the media that they had never seen Paterno so emotional.

"In all the clips I've seen of him, I've never seen him break down and cry," quarterback Paul Jones said. "And he was crying the whole time today."

Cornerback Stephon Morris said some players also were nearly in tears themselves. "I still can't believe it. I've never seen Coach Paterno like that in my life," Morris said.

The Penn State football game with Nebraska is still scheduled for this Saturday in the Nittany Lions' home finale. But for the first time since 1950, Paterno will not be there as a member of the Nittany Lions coaching staff.




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Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Jim Delany: 'The entire situation is so sad'

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany released a statement on the Jerry Sandusky situation on Wednesday afternoon on behalf of his conference. Delany offered sympathy for the victims and their families, but would not offer any indication as to actions taken by the conference until the grand jury and trustees were finished with their investigations first. Delany did not mention Joe Paterno or any Penn State administrator by name.

Here's the statement in full: 

The entire situation is so sad. There is anger, confusion, and heartache on the part of many. First and foremost, our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been negatively impacted by this series of events, particularly the young victims and their families. We hear new information on an hourly basis and recognize that there is still much to be determined. We will wait until the Board of Trustees draws its final conclusions on personnel matters before commenting on such matters ourselves. Additionally, the Board is appointing a Special Committee to undertake a full investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury report, and the Grand Jury investigation is ongoing. We will wait until these two entities have drawn their conclusions before we draw any of our own on the investigation and therefore have no further comment at this time. 

Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:44 pm
 

National Football Foundation vacates AD award

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The John L. Toner Award, an annual honor given to athletic directors by the National Football Foundation, will not be awarded this year. The NFF announced in June that Penn State athletic director Tim Curley was going to accept the award; now that Curley is currently awaiting charges of perjury and failure to report child abuse, the NFF's announcement has been taken offline.

Here is the full statement issued by the NFF on Wednesday:

The National Football Foundation Executive Committee and the NFF Awards Committee announced today that the John L. Toner Award will not be presented at this year's NFF Annual Awards Dinner, and it will be vacated in 2011. 

Previous winners of the award include Texas' DeLoss Dodds, Ohio State's Gene Smith, and Georgia's Vince Dooley.

Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Report: PSU president Spanier may resign today

Posted by Tom Fornelli and Adam Jacobi

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has led to the arrests of two Penn State officials and the planned retirement of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, it appears that the school's highest ranking official will now lose his job as well.

According to a report in The Express Times, Penn State president Graham Spanier's resignation or termination could be coming shortly. In the report a source close to the Penn State Board of Trustess said that Spanier will either resign or be voted out by the end of the day. On Wednesday afternoon, Nate Bauer of BlueWhiteIllustrated.com reported that Spanier had submitted his resignation, though that report has yet to be confirmed.

Spanier has been silent for the last few days as many on the Penn State campus and across the country have called for his job following the news of Jerry Sandusky's actions at the school and Penn State's failure to act on them. According to another report in The Chronicle, Spanier's silence may not be by choice.

Per the paper, Spanier has been ordered to keep silent by the school's Board of Trustees:
That may not be his choice, two individuals close to the administration told The Chronicle on Tuesday. He is following strict orders from the university's Board of Trustees not to talk.

"It's tearing Graham up to sit by and watch everything he's done to build up this university over nearly 17 years—and see this individual's alleged acts tear away at it," said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified because of the board's policy.
The Penn State Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold a closed-door session on Thursday in which the futures of both Spanier and Paterno was expected be discussed. Paterno's future may still be discussed, but now, it's unclear whether Spanier's career will even last long enough to make it to the Thursday meeting.
 
 
 
 
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