The Week: Most Recent Sports:Penn State Scandal recent posts.en-usMon, 23 Jul 2012 15:54:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Sports:Penn State Scandal from THE WEEKMon, 23 Jul 2012 15:54:00 -0400The NCAA's Penn State punishment: Too harsh?<img src="" /></P><p>The NCAA slammed Penn State's football program on Monday with an unprecedented series of sanctions as punishment for its leaders' failure to protect boys who were sexually abused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State will have to pay $60 million in fines, with the money going to programs for victims of sexual abuse. The team will be banned from post-season bowl games for four years, and it will have to cut its scholarships to 65 a year by 2014 &mdash; 20 fewer than other rival programs. The NCAA also wiped out all of the Nittany Lions' wins dating back 11 years, stripping the team...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 23 Jul 2012 15:54:00 -0400Penn State takes down the Joe Paterno statue: 6 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>On Sunday, Penn State took down the statue of its famed late football coach, Joe Paterno, that stood outside the university's football stadium, the latest aftershock of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The move followed a report from former FBI director Louie Freeh alleging that Paterno helped cover up reports that Sandusky had sexually abused kids involved in a charity he started. Penn State President Rod Erickson said the 7-foot-tall statue had become "an obstacle to healing." Paterno's family called it inappropriate for the university to pass judgment on Paterno before the "full truth...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 23 Jul 2012 11:19:00 -0400Should Penn State take down Joe Paterno's statue?<img src="" /></P><p>The late Joe Paterno used to be a near-deity at Penn State. But after a seven-month investigation conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh&nbsp;showed&nbsp;last week that Paterno and several school administrators repeatedly covered up child sex-abuse allegations made against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the university is once again reassessing Paterno's already-stained legacy. (Sandusky, who was convicted last month of 45 counts of child sex abuse, is awaiting sentencing.) An artist has already painted over&nbsp;Paterno's halo on a campus mural, and many are calling for an...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 16 Jul 2012 07:50:00 -0400The Jerry Sandusky cover-up: 4 takeaways from a damning new report<img src="" /></P><p>Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had his day of reckoning in court last month, and was found guilty of 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years. But he's not the only one in trouble. On Thursday, several Penn State administrators were implicated in the years-long cover-up of Sandusky's crimes. Former FBI director and federal judge Louis Freeh released a report&nbsp;on the case after a seven-month investigation commissioned by Penn State trustees. Freeh concluded that a number of high-ranking officials at the university repeatedly ignored allegations...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/frances-r-catanio" ><span class="byline">Frances R. Catanio</span></a>Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:25:00 -0400The Sandusky verdict: 6 lessons<img src="" /></P><p>On June 22, a jury in Bellefonte, Pa., convicted former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys, ending a closely watched two-week trial and putting a permanent black mark on Sandusky's football and charitable legacy. Sandusky was taken to jail from the courthouse, and after he is sentenced, in about 90 days, he will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars. The verdict is undoubtedly a relief for the eight "courageous" victims who testified at the trial, says Bonnie Rochman at&nbsp;<em>TIME</em>, "but judging by the tears that fell during...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 25 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0400The Jerry Sandusky trial's opening day: 6 revelations<img src="" /></P><p>The sex-abuse trial of former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky opened in Bellefonte, Pa., on Monday, with a few surprises and some graphic testimony from one of Sandusky's alleged victims. Sandusky, 68, is charged with 52 counts for allegedly abusing 10 boys over a span of 15 years; if convicted, he could face a sentence of 500-plus years in prison. Sandusky says he's innocent. A jury of seven women and five men will decide his fate after what Judge John Cleland says could be less than three weeks of trial. Here are six key revelations from the first day:</p><p><strong>1. Eight alleged...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 12 Jun 2012 07:06:00 -0400Remembering Joe Paterno: Will Penn State's sex-abuse scandal ruin his legacy?<img src="" /></P><p>Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno succumbed to lung cancer Sunday at age 85, his death coming a mere 74 days after he was forced to resign from a job he'd held for 46 years. Despite being praised as a "marvel and a legend," described as "a man with a philanthropic heart," and setting the record for most wins by a Division I college football coach (409), he may be remembered most for his failure to vigorously investigate allegations that his former assistant had molested young boys. Will the controversy overshadow Paterno's unparalleled coaching career?<br /><br /><strong>His reputation is forever damaged...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 23 Jan 2012 14:46:00 -0500How bad are the new charges against Jerry Sandusky?<img src="" /></P><p>Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested Wednesday on new sexual molestation charges. He spent a night in jail before being released on $250,000 bail. Sandusky was already facing 40 counts related to the sexual abuse of children. He maintains his innocence, and had been trying to salvage his image by doing media interviews to tell his version of the story. What do the new allegations mean for Sandusky's case, and his reputation? Here, a brief guide:</p><p><strong>What exactly do these new accusers say?</strong><br />One said Sandusky sexually assaulted him numerous times in 2004, when he was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 08 Dec 2011 14:40:00 -0500Jerry Sandusky's 'creepy' New York Times interview<img src="" /></P><p>Jerry Sandusky is speaking out&hellip; again. The former Penn State assistant coach, facing criminal charges that he sexually abused children, gave a "damning" interview to NBC's Bob Costas just three weeks ago, and now, he's talking again, to&nbsp;<em>The New York Times.</em>&nbsp;(Watch a portion of the four-hour interview below.) In the "creepy" tape, a jittery Sandusky once again denies the allegations, and attempts to justify his physical relationships with children. He still claims the contact was never sexual, though he admits to showering and horsing around with young boys. His accusers' lawyers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 05 Dec 2011 12:20:00 -0500Jerry Sandusky: The 'great pretender'<img src="" /></P><p>THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL world knew him as the "Dean of Linebacker U," the defensive coach who helped Penn State win two national championships. But Jerry Sandusky saw himself as a "Great Pretender." It was a name he adopted while performing in a band at his annual summer football camp for children.</p><p>"Pretending has always been a part of me," Sandusky, now 67, wrote in his autobiography,<em> Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story.</em> "I've loved trying to do the right things to hopefully make a difference in kids' lives and maybe make things better off for them. I'll never regret being called a 'great' pretender...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 25 Nov 2011 12:31:00 -0500The Penn State cover-up: Is homophobia to blame?<img src="" /></P><p>In 2002, when then-graduate-assistant Mike McQueary walked in on former coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly raping a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State football locker room, McQueary didn't call the cops. According to his grand jury testimony, he was "distraught" and left "immediately." According to a recent email leaked to the media, however, McQueary says "I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room." Regardless, says Daniel Mendelsohn in <em>The New York Times</em><em>, </em>if McQueary had walked in on a little girl being raped, I bet he would have tried harder to rescue...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 21 Nov 2011 10:35:00 -0500South Park skewers the Penn State scandal: Too soon?<img src="" /></P><p><em>South Park</em> is known for mining comedy gold from headline-making news: The Catholic church sex scandals, Occupy Wall Street, and Osama bin Laden's death have all been mocked by the equal-opportunity satirizer. This week, the show took on the Penn State sex-abuse scandal, in which legendary college football coach Joe Paterno was fired for failing to blow the whistle on an ex-assistant coach accused of molesting young boys.&nbsp;In <em>South Park'</em>s episode, Kenny and his siblings are taken from their drunk parents' custody. Their social worker tells them, "I've been looking over my file and see you kids...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Nov 2011 13:34:00 -0500Jerry Sandusky's 'damning' NBC interview: 5 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach whose child sex abuse scandal led to legendary coach Joe Paterno's&nbsp;firing, broke his silence Monday night in a phone interview with Bob Costas on NBC's <em>Rock Center</em>. (Watch the video below.) Sandusky faces several criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting as many as nine boys during his 15 years with Penn State, (<em>The New York Times</em> reported Monday that 10 new alleged victims may also come forward), and has engulfed his former employer in a devastating controversy that has cost several high-ranking officials their...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 15 Nov 2011 14:23:00 -0500Penn State's unfolding sex abuse scandal: 5 predictions<img src="" /></P><p>These are dark times for Happy Valley. Penn State is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as the fallout continues from former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse scandal. Legendary Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno has been fired after reports surfaced that he failed to alert police in 2002 upon learning about an incident in which Sandusky allegedly sodomized a 10-year-old in the Penn State showers. Paterno's controversial firing is likely not the last reparation the university will have to make. How much more damage will the school suffer as the scandal unfolds? Here, five predictions...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 11 Nov 2011 15:17:00 -0500Joe Paterno's firing: Are Penn State students wrong to protest?<img src="" /></P><p>On Wednesday night, Penn State's board of trustees fired the school's legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant coach. Earlier in the day, Paterno had promised to retire at the end of the season, but the board opted to oust him immediately. The decision enraged thousands of Penn State students, who took to the streets to protest, throwing rocks and overturning a news van. Was their reaction warranted?</p><p><strong>These fans have lost sight of what's important:</strong>&nbsp;"Protecting children from sexual abuse is far more important...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 10 Nov 2011 14:53:00 -0500Sex abuse scandal: Should Joe Paterno resign immediately?<img src="" /></P><p>Legendary college football coach Joe Paterno's 46th season at Penn State will be his last. The 84-year-old head coach of the Nittany Lions announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season, felled by a sex-abuse scandal involving former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is accused of sexually assaulting as many as nine boys over 15 years. Paterno was reportedly made aware of a specific incident involving a 10-year-old boy in 2002, but took the report no further than the school's athletic director (who is now being accused of perjury and failing to alert the police). "It is...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 09 Nov 2011 13:25:00 -0500