Do you agree with Gov. Tom Corbett's decision to sue the NCAA over Penn State sanctions?
Monday, January 7, 2013
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Is Al Pacino the best choice to play Joe Paterno in a film about the controversial Penn State coach?
Several reports say Al Pacino will star in a biopic of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno - although there's no formal deal in place, nor a script or director for the film yet. Is Pacino the best choice to play JoePa? Have you or will you read the book "Paterno" - or see the movie? Tell us in the comments section below. Pacino's manager will produce the film, which is to be based on a new best-selling biography "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski. Paterno died in January at 85 after being fired amid the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. There's no word on who might play Sandusky in the movie.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Vote in our poll and add your comments on the NCAA sanctions announced against Penn State's legendary football program
What do you think of the NCAA sanctions? Vote in our poll and add your comments below. NCAA President Mark Emmert came down hard on Penn State’s football program today, handing down some of the most severe sanctions in college sports history. While the Nittany Lions did not get the death penalty, The Sporting Newsreports that it may take decades for the college and its football program to recover. The sanctions: Penn State has agreed not to appeal the sanctions, which were handed down less than two weeks after former FBI Director Louis Freeh submitted a 267-page report condemning the role of university officials in concealing the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse last month. The $…
Monday, July 23, 2012
Paterno loses all-time wins record; Nittany Lions banned from postseason for four years; school fined $60 million, to be put into a fund to help child abuse victims.
NCAA President Mark Emmert came down hard on Penn State’s football program today, handing down some of the most severe sanctions in college sports history. While the Nittany Lions did not get the death penalty, The Sporting News reports that it may take decades for the college and its football program to recover. The sanctions: Penn State has agreed not to appeal the sanctions, which were handed down less than two weeks after former FBI Director Louis Freeh submitted a 267-page report condemning the role of university officials in concealing the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse last month. The $60 million fine will be paid over the next five years into a special endowment …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Workers removed the iconic statue of Coach Joe Paterno from the Penn State football stadium early Sunday.
The iconic statue of coach Joe Paterno was removed from Penn State's Beaver Stadium early Sunday. Meanwhile, the NCAA says it will announce punishment for the university. Penn State's president released a statement saying the statue has become a source of division and an "obstacle to healing" in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. The statue will be stored "in a secure location," according to college President Rodney Erickson. In an unscientific poll, Patch readers were pretty evenly split on whether the statue should stay or be taken away. About 30 police officers stood guard as workers erected a temporary metal fence before removing the seven-foot statue, which weighs 900 pounds. A crowd chanted "We are Penn State" as …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Critics of the Penn State child rape scandal are calling for JoePa's statue to be taken down. What do you think?
Last week's scathing report presented by former FBI Director Louis Freeh shed light on what some call the gruesome side of Pennsylvania State University and its officials. Reaction has been swift, steady and strong. For example, a halo that once crowned Joe Paterno's head on a campus mural was removed last weekend. Once a hero, the nearly sainted head football coach has almost literally been knocked off his pedestal. What do you think? Should the famous statue of Joe Paterno at Penn State be removed?
Friday, July 13, 2012
Child abuse can be reported via Pennsylvania's toll-free Child Line at 800-932-0313
Editor's Note: Coming Sunday on Patch - Jailed sex offenders like Jerry Sandusky can still get state pensions. Anyone with information about a case of child abuse such as child rape is urged to report it to authorities in the wake of Penn State's Sandusky sex scandal. Call 800-932-0313 to reach Pennsylvania's Child Line. Former FBI director Louis Freeh led an investigation into the scandal. Hundreds of people were interviewed. The probe found that the most powerful men at Penn State failed to protect students. Nobody ever spoke to Sandusky about his conduct or reported incidents to law enforcement. Freeh said coaches didn't react to accusations against Sandusky and even former coach Joe Paterno admitted he could have done more to address …
The murder of a Lehigh University student inspired federal law requiring colleges to report crimes.
Editor's Note: Coming Sunday on Patch - Jailed sex offenders like Jerry Sandusky can still collect state pensions. Penn State officials violated the Clery Act - a federal law inspired by the murder of a Lehigh University student, according to an independent investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. Jeanne Clery was raped and killed in her dorm room at Lehigh 26 years ago - a tragedy that led her parents to lobby state legislatures and Congress to pass more than 35 laws on campus safety, including the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which requires reporting of crimes and security policies. The most powerful officials at Penn State actively worked to cover up Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse and rape of children, failing to protect them …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Do you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky can get a fair trial in his highly publicized child molestation case?
One of the most high-profile trials of the year is set to begin and Patch wants to know if you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will be treated fairly. Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments section below. Prosecutors claim that Sandusky groomed boys he met through The Second Mile, the charity he founded for at-risk youth in 1977, then attacked them, in some cases in his own home or inside university athletic facilities. Jurors will not be sequestered, meaning they can spend nights and weekends at home. But the judge gave strict orders for them to stay clear of any news reports, as well as social media.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Family confirms that Joe Paterno died earlier today.
Just two months after leaving Penn State, Joe Paterno has died, according to his family. Yesterday, CBS news reported that Paterno had died, but a family spokesperson denied that, and even sent a tweet to clarify: "Dad is alive but in serious condition. We continue to ask for your prayers and privacy during this time." Then this morning, in a text message, his family said the famed Nittany Lions coach has died: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled. ..." Paterno's bad health was reported in mid November, shortly after being released from his duties as coach of the Nittany Lions in the aftermath of the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, a …