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Penn State’s Next Battle

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Three new accusers reportedly date Jerry Sandusky's abuse back to the '70s. Diane Dimond on why more victims are sure to emerge—and how cops can tell if they’re just cashing in.

It comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone that three more men have reportedly surfaced to accuse Jerry Sandusky of abusing them when they were children in the '70s and '80s. If their stories are true, these men represent the earliest know cases against the former Penn State coach, who would have been in his 20s at the time.Sandusky joined the Penn State’s football coaching staff in 1969. He started his Second Mile charity in 1977; because he had such ready access to children for so many years, mental-health experts who work with survivors of childhood abuse predict this latest trio of alleged victims may be just the tip of the iceberg.


Penn State to Answer NCAA

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With information that could lead to shutdown of football program.

Jerry Sandusky may not be the only one found guilty. Penn State University says it will provide the information the NCAA is demanding within days—which could lead to a shutdown of the school’s beloved football program if the university is found at fault. The Department of Education is also investigating Penn State with a probe into whether the university violated federal campus-safety law. Officials are looking into whether the university’s response to Sandusky ignored the Clery Act, which requires schools to provide public-safety alerts and annual disclosure of crime stats. Federal officials are declining to comment on the scope of the investigation, which spans 13 years.

Read it at The Washington Post


Penn State's Economic Fallout

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If the school's legendary football program is disbanded for a year or more, it won't just be fans who suffer. Matthew Zeitlin on how one sport props up an entire city's economy.

As the NCAA wrestles with its response to the conviction of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and the independent report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh, the impact of Penn State football on the rest of the university and the surrounding community of State College has been thrown into sharp relief. Although it is not yet known what the NCAA’s sanctions will be—or if there will be any —one punishment that has been called for by many sportswriters and observers is the “death penalty.


Artist Paints Over Paterno Halo

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Mural at Penn State.

An artist removed the halo on a mural of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno at State College after a report came out Friday that alleged Paterno and others in the university’s administration knew about reports of child abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Michael Pilato had put a halo over Paterno’s image after Paterno’s death, but Pilato said Saturday that he felt he had to remove it. Pilato also removed Sandusky from the mural last year, but said he hasn’t decided yet what to do about former university president Graham Spanier.

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Alma Mater

I Went to Penn State—But Don’t Pity Me

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I never cheered for the football team or wore a school sweatshirt. But this week, as a damning report brought new shame on the university, I found solace by connecting with my fellow alumni.

I’ve always been a pretty bad Penn Stater, as Penn Staters go. I’ve never purchased a single piece of Penn State clothing. The only sweatshirt I own is a ripped hand-me-down from someone who lived with me on the fourth floor of Runkle Hall at University Park during freshman year in 1989. I haven’t taken it out of the plastic bin under my bed in 10 years. At least.I only know the words to the alma mater because I wrote an article about it when I worked at the Penn State alumni magazine back in the day.

Fired Up

Ban Penn State Football!

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And tear down that statue of Joe Paterno too. Buzz Bissinger on why yesterday’s report that the university ignored Jerry Sandusky’s crimes made him so sick—and his ideas for restitution.

I was in a foul and unforgiveable mood yesterday. I was late getting out of the house, cursing the vapors in an unhinged spew, forgetting to take the medication that keeps me tethered. I have been doing a radio gig for a while on WPHT-AM in Philadelphia; during a break I went off on my partner without rational reason or right, viciously attacking him verbally, wild-eyed in anger. Part of it was lack of sleep. Part of it was the anxiety and stress that I can no longer control without those pharmaceutical props.


Freeh Report’s Most Damaging Findings

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The Daily Beast speed reads the Penn State Freeh report.

Even though Jerry Sandusky has already been convicted of multiple accounts of sexual assault, the Freeh report, which details the findings of a months-long abuse inquiry, has garnered interest—and may have an effect on potential civil litigation and on Penn State’s vaunted and profitable football program. Two people still face charges in the case: former Athletic Director Timothy Curley and Senior Vice President Finance and Business Gary Schultz stand accused of failing to report Sandusky’s behavior and of committing perjury during their Grand Jury testimony.


The Penn State Fallout

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A damning report charged the college with ‘total disregard’ for the safety of Sandusky's victims. Diane Dimond on the legal implications—and whether the football program will take a hit.

The long-awaited Freeh Report, an investigation into Penn State’s handling of child abuse committed by its former employee Jerry Sandusky—funded by the university itself—dropped like an anvil today, blaming the college and its most senior leaders for “total and consistent disregard…for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims.” Former FBI director Louis Freeh found that the university and its most senior leaders “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.

Side Effects

Penn State’s Hidden Victims

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Leaks from a soon-to-be released probe suggest that the college sheltered Jerry Sandusky for years. Diane Dimond on how the allegations are triggering new pain for survivors of abuse.

Mental health experts call it “triggering”—when an event, a sound, an image on television, or even a smell takes a victim back to the moment of their sexual abuse. For those who have survived such a childhood, the next wave of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is about to hit like a tsunami.There have already been leaks from the lengthy investigation, due to be released Thursday, of former FBI director Louis Freeh, who has been looking into how Penn State handled early allegations of abuse by Sandusky, a longtime football coach there.

Cover Up

Paterno’s Lying Ways

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The football legend claimed he merely passed reports of Jerry Sandusky’s offenses up the chain of command, but emails from Louis Freeh’s Penn State probe indicate he played a key role in his former assistant coach’s not being reported to authorities—and lied about it.

Paterno is lucky to have died last January at the age of 85.Otherwise, based on new information from a CNN story by Susan Candiotti, he would be facing possible indictment for perjury. Along with former Penn State University president Graham Spanier. Along with two high-ranking former Penn State officials who have already been indicted by the Pennsylvania attorney general on charges of lying to a state grand jury in the case of predatory animal Jerry Sandusky.


The Untold Sandusky Drama

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In court a witness for the defense called the coach a ‘father figure.’ But behind the scenes he was confronted about a Facebook message that alluded to abuse. Diane Dimond reports.

As Jerry Sandusky awaits a sentencing that will almost certainly put him behind bars for the rest of his life, a previously unrevealed exchange in court last week illustrates the ways in which his case will never be fully resolved.The Daily Beast has learned that one of the defense’s key witnesses in the sexual-abuse case against the former Penn State coach—a young man who called Sandusky a “father figure” and a wholly positive influence on his life—may have reached out just days earlier out to a victims’ support group, using language that would suggest he may be a survivor of abuse himself.

Empty Words

Why Shield Penn State’s Shame?

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All the speechifying about Jerry Sandusky’s conviction missed the point and virtually gave the sports-crazed university a pass. Buzz Bissinger on the almighty football culture that enabled years of child sexual abuse.

It was all so surreal Friday night, what should have been a sober and solemn moment turned into an election-night rally at courthouse headquarters in Bellefonte, Pa. A girl mugged for the cameras. A crowd that had gathered on the courthouse steps in T-shirts and shorts cheered when the verdict was announced. There was the usual cry of “Can you hear me?” as the losers and the victors stepped to the microphone-soaked podium. There were the endless speeches of congratulation and self-congratulation with suited stragglers in the back hoping for a little television face time.


Juror: No Doubt on Sandusky’s Guilt

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Community says it “will take years to recover from this.”

One of the jurors who voted to convict former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky said Sunday that he is “confident” he made the right decision. Joshua Harper said he did not see any sign of regret as the verdict was announced—which proved to Harper that Sandusky “knew it was true.” “It was just eye-opening on all the things that happened because we got a whole lot of detail on what Sandusky was doing,” said Harper, a Penn State graduate. Meanwhile, residents of Happy Valley, the area where Penn State is located, said it will take “years” to recover from the trauma of  Sandusky’s scandal. “The damage is done,” said one resident, Rick Scott. “It’s like a scar. It will be there forever.”

Read it at The New York Times

United by Tragedy

We Are All Penn State

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It wasn't just university leadership that enabled Jerry Sandusky. It was a system that discourages making waves at all costs—and it infects every corner of America. By Paul Campos.

The moral of the Jerry Sandusky saga is this: Pennsylvania State University, as an institution, decided that protecting Joe Paterno’s reputation and winning a few more football games was more important than stopping the ongoing rape of young boys.Of course, no one ever said anything like that out loud. Indeed, it’s likely that none of the many people who knew or suspected that Sandusky was a child molester ever made a conscious calculation that protecting the football program was more important than protecting the boys Sandusky was raping.


Sandusky Put on Suicide Watch

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While Paterno family hails “milestone” conviction.

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been placed on suicide watch, his attorney said Saturday. Sandusky was convicted Friday of 45 of 48 counts of sexual abuse of minors. His attorney Joe Amendola said Sandusky is planning on appealing the verdict. “If you win on one of the appeal issues, everything probably fails,” Amendola said. Meanwhile, the family of Sandusky’s late mentor, famed Penn State coach Joe Paterno, hailed the verdict as a “milestone.” Paterno was fired shortly before he died for allegedly failing to act on reports of Sandusky’s alleged abuse.

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Penn State's Secretive Culture

We Are All Penn State

We Are All Penn State

It wasn't just university leadership that enabled Jerry Sandusky. It was a system that discourages rocking the boat at all costs.


Penn State's Veil of Secrecy


Penn State Begins Soul-Searching


Penn State’s New Whistleblower


Why Penn State Is So Powerful

Sandusky: The Lawyers Speak

After Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse, both his lawyer and the prosecutor who put him away spoke about the case.

Full Coverage

Dispatches from the Sandusky Trial

Sandusky Guilty

Sandusky Guilty

It took 21 hours for a jury to find the ex-Penn State coach guilty on 45 of 48 charges.

Day Eight

Sandusky Son's Bombshell

Day Seven

Sandusky’s Last Mile

Day Six

Dottie Defends Her Man

Day Five

Sandusky Defense Flails

Day Four

‘Was Mrs. Sandusky Home?’

Day Three

Sandusky Gets Steamrolled

Jerry Sandusky Speaks Out

Jerry Sandusky spoke to the New York Times at length this weekend and he proved once again that his lawyer is delusional for letting his client anywhere near a video camera.


A Coach's Legacy

Paterno’s Lying Ways

Paterno’s Lying Ways

Emails from the Penn State probe show JoePa helped decide not to report Jerry Sandusky to authorities—and why ‘liar’ should be added to his legacy, says Buzz Bissinger.

Dottie Sandusky

What Did She Know?

My Husband the Pedophile

My Husband the Pedophile

Darlene Ellison, the ex-wife of a convicted sex offender, reveals how Dorothy Sandusky may have been kept in the dark.

Shocking Accusation

Did He Molest His Son?


Current Research

What Makes a Pedophile?

What Makes a Pedophile?

As pedophilia cases rivet the nation, psychiatrists uncover new details about the mental illness, Casey Schwartz reports.