Aug 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of the freshly planted trees that now stand on the site where the statue of former Penn State Nittany Lions head football coach Joe Paterno once stood outside Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Jerry Sandusky Scandal: Penn State Still Eligible For Big Ten Leaders Division Championship

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys, and now one of those boys is filing a lawsuit against Penn State University in the wake of the scandal.

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Sandusky expected to speak Tuesday at sentencing

On Tuesday former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced for his child abuse crimes. Sandusky's lawyer said Monday his client will likely speak to the judge at the sentencing hearing.


Penn State Scandal: Graham Spanier Says He Resigned, Was Not Fired

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier told the Patriot-News Thursday that is was his choice to resign from PSU and there was no pressure from the Board of Trustees. Spanier relinquished his post after Penn State became embroiled in the controversy surrounding sexual crimes committed by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier claims that the Penn State Board of Trustees were first looking to handle Joe Paterno's situation before looking into his case, and he submitted his resignation before they could make a decision. This does not corroborate with the recollections given from the Board of Trustee members earlier in the year.

The scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky continues to loom over the Penn State and Spanier, who returned to the public eye recently after his name came up repeatedly in the Freeh Report.

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Joe Posnanski Describes Challenge In Writing Joe Paterno Biography

Joe Posnanski's upcoming biography on former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is already one of the most anticipated book releases about a sports figure in recent memory, and Thursday the author wrote about the challenging process in a guest column for USA Today.

Anyway, to everyone he was Penn State. And so, on Nov. 5, Joe Paterno became perhaps the most despised man in American sports.

And I was there in the middle of it all.

Posnanski, in a way he only knows how, explains what his reasoning was for wanting to do a book on Paterno, the football coach, and also what it was like being in the middle of one of the biggest college sports scandals in history.

No, after Nov. 5 I found myself in the middle of something surreal. I was staying in a small apartment in State College, connected to my wife and daughters through the magic of Skype, and it felt like the ground was unstable. Every few minutes, it seemed, there were new details, rumors, accusations, defenses, truths, lies, so many it was hard to see straight. The media surrounded Joe Paterno's home. Facts emerged and retreated. No charge was dismissed; no allegation was too sinister for discussion.

According to Posnanski, he talked to Paterno many times in the last months of his life and was granted access to his many personal notes.

I talked to some of the people closest to him and also some of his harshest critics. I also talked with child sex abuse experts and legal experts to offer background and context. I read anything and everything that might give me some insight into who Joe Paterno really was.

All-in-all, Posnanski believes his book will reveal the complex personality of the former Nittany Lion head coach and, hopefully, will allow readers to form their own opinion on him.

No, I don't feel about Joe Paterno the same way I did when I started writing the book. But I don't feel about him the way his most blistering critics feel. He was a human being, filled with ideals and flaws, honesty and hypocrisy, charity and selfishness, modesty and the refusal to abdicate his throne. There was little simple about him. I chased the complicated story of a man and his long life. I hope that is the story I wrote.

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