Penn State Scandal: Freeh Report Released

The Freeh report isn't kind to former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.

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Jerry Sandusky Trial Goes To Jury After Closing Arguments Conclude

The Jerry Sandusky trial is now in the hands of the jury, who are currently deliberating on the 48 counts against the former Penn State football coach. Sandusky was originally facing 52 separate charges, but four of them were dropped due to redundancy. After the prosecution rested their case on Wednesday, both sides made their closing arguments on Thursday.

According to some accounts, the prosecution's closing arguments were not as strong as those of the defense, but the prosecution might have felt that they didn't need to employ any theatrics given the evidence against Sandusky. The jury has retired to deliberation, and there is currently no timetable for a verdict. A long period of deliberation is not necessarily indicative of a hung jury, simply because of the volume of charges that the jury has to sort through.

For continued coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial, be sure to follow this StoryStream and stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more, check out Black Shoe Diaries, SB Nation's Penn State blog.

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Penn State Scandal: Children And Youth Services Investigating Two New Jerry Sandusky Allegations, Says Report

According to Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News, the Children and Youth Services in Pennsylvania has begun investigating former Penn State Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for two new allegations of child abuse. This news is notable for several reasons, not the least of which being that these allegations, if credible, would be "would be the first known cases to be reported since Sandusky’s arrest that involve current children," Ganim writes. "All of the other publicly known cases of alleged victims coming forward have been adults."

Sandusky, who coached under Joe Paterno at Penn State for 30 years before retiring and receiving a professor emeritus title, was arrested earlier this month on 40 counts of child sexual abuse, involving eight children over a 15-year span. Some of the alleged encounters took place on Penn State grounds, including one former assistant coach Mike McQueary, since placed on administrative leave, witnessed in a locker room facility in 2002 as a graduate assistant.

Ganim's report puts forth the possibility that these latest allegations against the disgraced former assistant coach, if true, could raise questions about whether the police took action against him too late.

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Penn State Scandal: NCAA To Investigate

The NCAA announced it will investigate Penn State University for its handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, notifying university president Rodney Erickson of its decision in a letter signed by president Mark Emmert. "I am writing to notify you that the NCAA will examine Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics program, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant responsible personnel," Emmert writes. Penn State may have violated bylaws 19.0.1.2 and 10.1. The former bylaw reads, in part:

Individuals employed by or associated with member institutions for the administration, the conduct or the coaching of intercollegiate athletics are, in the final analysis, teachers of young people. Their responsiblility is an affirmative one, and they must do more than avoid improper conduct or questionable acts. Their own moral values must be so certain and positive that those younger and more pliable will be influenced by a fine example. Much more is expected of them than of the less critically placed citizen.

Sandusky is charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse, with eight boys having come forward alleging incidents spanning 15 years; some of these alleged encounters occurred on Penn State property. According to grand jury testimony, wide receivers coach Mike McQueary--since placed on administrative leave--walked in on Sandusky raping a boy in a Penn State shower facility in 2002 and notified coach Joe Paterno, who then notified his superiors. Though McQueary and Paterno have not been charged with a crime, former athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz are charged with perjury for providing false testimony before the grand jury. The university fired Paterno and president Graham Spanier in the wake of Sandusky's indictment.

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Penn State Scandal: President Graham Spanier Resigns

Penn State University's Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Graham Spanier, ending his 16-year tenure as University President, the Board announced in a Wednesday evening press conference.

Spanier has come under fire in recent days for his handling of the sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. In a written statement, Spanier publicly expressed his "unconditional support" for Timothy Curley and Gary Schultz, two school officials who were charged with perjury and for not reporting to the police a 2002 eyewitness allegation of Sandusky raping a boy in a Penn State locker room.

"Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion," Spanier said. "I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately."

Prior to joining Penn State, Spanier served in administrative positions at Nebraska, Oregon State, and SUNY Stony Brook.

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Penn State Scandal Will Cost President Graham Spanier His Job By Wednesday, According To Report

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno isn't the only person connected to the Jerry Sandusky investigation whose tenure at the university is ending: university president Graham Spanier will either resign or be voted out by day's end on Wednesday, reports The Express-Times, citing "a source close to the board of trustees." Rodney A. Erickson, the university's Executive Vice President and Provost, is expected to replace Spanier on an interim basis, according to the newspaper.

Spanier drew ire around the country when grand jury testimony revealed he was made aware in 2002 that an eyewitness reported Sandusky, the Penn State assistant coach for over 30 years who had since retired, sexually assaulted a child in the Penn State locker room, but did not notify the police. Though not charged with a crime, Spanier has nonetheless seen his reputation suffer, likely irreparably, in light of the news. That he's publicly expressed his support for two administrators charged with covering up Sandusky's behavior--and not for the victims of Sandusky's alleged crimes--further hurt his image.

Following a two-year investigation, Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of child sexual assault Friday. Eight victims have alleged he assaulted them between 1995 and 2002. Sandusky is said to have met many of the victims through The Second Mile, a children's charity he founded in 1977.

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Penn State Scandal: Joe Paterno To Have Off-Campus Press Conference, Son Says

Less than an hour before Joe Paterno's weekly news conference was scheduled to start, Penn State canceled it, citing "the on-going legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges." The investigation and subsequent indictment of former Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for child sexual abuse is to blame.

Penn State didn't want Paterno to speak, but he's going to do just that anyway, it appears. As first reported by Ben Jones of Black Shoe Diaries, SB Nation's Penn State blog, Paterno's son Scott "is working on setting up an off-campus press conference for Paterno to speak at." Scott Paterno told the media earlier Tuesday the University's cancelation of his father's news conference disappointed the elder Paterno, and that the coach was prepared to address Saturday's game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers as well as the allegations against Sandusky.

Penn State, currently ranked No. 12 in the nation, hosts No. 19 Nebraska on Saturday. Understandably, that game, which has huge implications for the Big Ten, has taken on lesser importance in the wake of the allegations against Sandusky. Further, Jones reports Scott Paterno said his father will coach against Nebraska and "is not stepping down."

Between the off-campus news conference and the statement that Joe Paterno will not leave Penn State, it certainly appears as though the Paternos are digging in.

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Joe Paterno To Lose Job In Wake Of Penn State Scandal, According To Report

The Penn State scandal will soon cost Joe Paterno his job as coach of the university's football team, report Mark Viera and Pete Thamel of the New York Times, citing "two people briefed on conversations among the university’s top officials." According to the report, Penn State's board of trustees has already decided to dismiss Paterno, but "has yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit."

Paterno took over the Nittany Lions football program in 1966 and has won 409 games, the most in FBS history. However, the investigation of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for allegations of child sexual abuse on Penn State property will cost the legendary Paterno his job.

Perhaps the most damning news to come from the investigation, at least as it concerns Paterno, is that he learned of one sexual abuse allegation in 2002, but did not notify the police of it. Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year span.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream on SB Nation Pittsburgh for more news on this story as it develops.

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Jerry Sandusky Investigation: Did Joe Paterno Turn A Blind Eye?

On Saturday I wrote that Penn State coach Joe Paterno appeared to be "in the clear" regarding the allegations that former PSU coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused minors, and from a legal perspective, that appears to be true, as long as what Paterno said in his grand jury testimony stands up. However, Sports By Brooks notices something from the timeline of the grand jury document that I should have picked up on, but didn't.

2002: Paterno SPECIFICALLY told by grad asst he witnessed Sandusky anally raping child in PSU locker room. Police never notified.

After all of that, in 2007, Paterno allowed Sandusky to bring 11 yr old boy, who he was raping at the time, to multiple practices.

Now, this isn't some scoop that Sports By Brooks has. That's right there in the grand jury document. In March 2002, a Penn State graduate assistant reported seeing Sandusky raping a young boy - whose identity is still unknown, because no one ever reported the incident to the police - in a shower in Penn State's football building. The graduate assistant then reported the incident to Joe Paterno who covered his behind by reporting what he had heard to Athletic Director Tim Curley, his superior. The graduate assistant then attended a meeting with Curley and Gary Schultz, where he described what he saw. Curley later told the graduate assistant that Sandusky had had his keys to the locker room taken away, and that The Second Mile, the organization through which Sandusky allegedly made contact with these boys, had been made aware of the incident.

Never, though, did Paterno or anyone else report the incident to the police. Also, no one from Penn State tried to figure out who the child was.

That was in 2002. Fast forward to a few years later. Here's what the grand jury report has to say about what happened then.

Victim 1 testified that he was 11 or 12 years old when he met Sandusky through The Second Mile program in 2005 or 2006 ... During the 2007 track season, Sandusky began spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having the boy stay overnight at his residence in State College, Pennsylvania. Sandusky took Victim 1 to professional and college sporting events, such as Philadelphia Eagles games, or pre-season practices at Penn State.

Emphasis mine. Now, we don't know exactly what this means. If Sandusky took the victim to, say, the Blue-White game, there would have been a lot of people there, and it would have been possible, I suppose, for a former coach to attend the game with a young boy without being noticed by Paterno or any of the Penn State higher-ups. That would be pretty risky. But possible.

If these were just regular practices, though, it's amazing that no one noticed that a former coach with a history of having problems involving young boys had brought a young boy to a Penn State practice. Most spring practices, I'm told, are closed to the general public. There aren't a million people there, and you have to have some connection to the team or to the media to get in. So there's no way Sandusky could have brought a young boy (who, unsurprisingly, he was allegedly raping) without running a serious risk that Paterno or someone else would notice what was going on. If Paterno or anyone else cared, that is.

As thorough as the grand jury report is, there are still questions to be answered. But the picture that seems to be emerging is that Curley and Schultz's behavior was part of a pattern that may, in fact, involve Paterno. If Paterno is capable of coaching a football team - and I know he now delegates a lot of the work a head coach typically does, but still - he's capable of noticing that a former coach known to him to be a probable pedophile was using Penn State practices as an excuse to get closer to a young boy. That's simply amazing. Much about this case remains unknown, and it doesn't appear likely that Paterno will be charged, but based on the information available so far, I'd be very surprised if he came out of this incident looking good.

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