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Jim Litke: NCAA knows ‘lack of institutional control’

February 20, 2013
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Jim Litke: NCAA knows ‘lack of institutional control’

The folks at the NCAA finally got around to charging the University of Miami with a lack of institutional control, and if there’s one thing you can be confident they still know something about, that’s it. No phrase better describes the way the NCAA has gone about its business during the brief tenure of President…

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Trustee who fired Paterno to leave Penn St. board

February 11, 2013
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Trustee who fired Paterno to leave Penn St. board

The Penn State trustee who fired football coach Joe Paterno over the phone will leave the board when his term ends in June, the university announced Thursday. John Surma was vice chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees when he told Paterno that he was being ousted after 46 seasons as Penn State’s head…

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Pa. governor sues NCAA in bid to block Penn State sanctions, says it overstepped its authority

January 2, 2013
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Pa. governor sues NCAA in bid to block Penn State sanctions, says it overstepped its authority STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — In a bold challenge to the NCAA’s powers, Pennsylvania’s governor claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday that college sports’ governing body overstepped its authority and “piled on” when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky…

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Mike McQueary files defamation suit against Penn State

October 3, 2012
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Mike McQueary files defamation suit against Penn State

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at his sex abuse trial sued the university on Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation. Mike McQueary’s whistle-blower lawsuit claims his treatment by the…

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‘Paterno’ reveals more about author

August 28, 2012
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‘Paterno’ reveals more about author One thing is obvious after reading “Paterno,” the much-anticipated biography chronicling disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno: The biographer doesn’t know his subject. This explains Joe Posnanski’s reluctance to express an opinion about the deceased football coach he allegedly spent nearly two years getting to know intimately. In the few…

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As Tough as His Task

August 27, 2012
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As Tough as His Task STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Every morning, Bill and Colleen O’Brien know their older son, 10-year-old Jack, will have a seizure when he wakes up. It could last 30 seconds or go on for 30 minutes, necessitating an ambulance trip to the hospital. There may be more seizures during the day,…

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Bobby Bowden says Sandusky scandal killed Joe Paterno

August 24, 2012
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Bobby Bowden says Sandusky scandal killed Joe Paterno The late Joe Paterno doesn’t seem to have a lot of friends in his corner these days. But there is one coaching contemporary that continues to try and defend his honor: Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden. The two met way back _ in 1952 to…

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Family pushed Paterno to read Sandusky report

August 18, 2012
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Family pushed Paterno to read Sandusky report Joe Paterno had to be prodded by his family to read the grand jury report regarding Jerry Sandusky and did not understand some of its graphic terminology, according to a new book. The book, “Paterno” by Joe Posnanski, was purchased Friday by The Associated Press in advance of…

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Posnanski: Paterno offered a complex challenge

August 16, 2012
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Posnanski: Paterno offered a complex challenge On Nov. 4, 2011, Joe Paterno was a nominee for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The main library at Penn State was named for him, and a statue of him stood in front of the football stadium. He was admired by American presidents — Republican and Democrat — and beloved by business leaders and…

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Thousands attend rally to support Penn State football players

August 1, 2012
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Thousands attend rally to support Penn State football players UNIVERSITY PARK — Fans lined the sidewalk that connects two hubs of Penn State football. They cheered wildly and exchanged high-fives with the players who will lead the program through its darkest period. “Kind of surreal and breathtaking,” redshirt junior tight end Garry Gilliam said of…

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