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  • 4,000 take part in Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run

    04/15/2014 8:05:39 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    pennlive ^ | 4-14-14 | Joe Mermitt
    Approximately 4,000 participants took part in the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run on April 13, 2014. The event consisted of a 3 Mile Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. The entire course was on the Penn State campus; finishing inside Beaver Stadium after running through the players’ tunnel. Sue Paterno, wife of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno, was on-hand at the event, encouraging participants. Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler great Franco Harris and former Lions' defensive coordinator, Tom Bradley, greeted runners as they crossed the finish line. The event raised an unofficial total of around $400,000...
  • Penn State's John Urschel Wins 84th AAU Sullivan Award

    04/12/2014 1:53:57 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 8 replies ^ | 4-13-14 | n/a
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - John Urschel (Williamsville, N.Y.), the Penn State All-American guard who claimed the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation (NFF) as college football's premier scholar-athlete, has been named the recipient of the 84th James E. Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to America's top amateur athlete. Urschel was announced as the winner of the prestigious award Friday night during an awards ceremony at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla. 
Urschel was selected from a pool of 19 semifinalists vying for the honor in 2014, and was joined by two...
  • Nittany Lions Claim Fourth-Straight NCAA Title [wrestling]

    03/23/2014 8:19:41 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    gopsusports ^ | 3-22-14 | n/a
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Penn State's reign over the college wrestling world continued on Saturday night when the Nittany Lions captured their unprecedented fourth-straight NCAA team title. Fueled by NCAA individual crowns from seniors Ed Ruth at 184 pounds and David Taylor at 165 pounds, the Lions celebrated on the sport's grandest stage inside Chesapeake Energy Arena as the 2014 national champions. "Our kids really did a fantastic job today," head coach Cael Sanderson said. "We had our hands full. Minnesota was really killing it, so we needed a (strong finish). All of our All-Americans won their last match. That's a...
  • Paternos want Big Ten to show what it knew about Freeh investigation, Penn State sanctions

    03/14/2014 6:15:15 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 32 replies
    Morning Call ^ | 3-14-14 | Peter Hall
    Following the NCAA's imposition of sanctions, the Big Ten added its own punishment: Penn State is required to forfeit $13 million in revenue from conference bowl games during the four years the university is ineligible. The suit claims that by accepting the Freeh Report, which has been widely criticized by Penn State supporters, the NCAA damaged Paterno's image, the future coaching prospects of Jay Paterno and William Kenny; prevented the university trustees from carrying out their duties; wiped out the achievements of student athletes and deprived faculty of resources. In the court filings Friday, the plaintiffs ask the Big Ten...
  • Jay Paterno Discusses His Race For Lieutenant Governor

    03/10/2014 10:15:28 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    cbspittsburgh ^ | 3/7/2014 | KDKA
    .... Jay Paterno was on the field with his dad as an assistant coach at Penn State. Now he wants to be lieutenant governor. So when he sat down with KDKA political editor Jon Delano for his first TV interview since announcing, the basic question was--why? "Having had a career in education for two decades, education is an issue I fell very passionately about... I felt like a lot of different people talked about doing a lot of different things politically, and I looked at it and thought this is where I can do the most good for the most...
  • Al Clemens Resigns From the [PSU] BoT, Says He Regrets Past Board Decisions

    03/07/2014 8:43:58 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 1 replies
    Onward State ^ | 3-7-14 | Kevin Horne
    Longtime trustee and 1959 Penn State graduate Al Clemens resigned from the Board of Trustees during today’s meeting, citing wrong decisions and failed leadership over the last two years from himself and his colleagues. Clemens was a gubernatorial appointee, first appointed by Governor Tom Ridge in 1995. His term expired in 2012, but in absence of another appointment from Governor Tom Corbett, he has remained a member of the Board for the last two years. Previously outspoken about what he calls the questionable Freeh report, Clemens is also party to the Paterno-NCAA lawsuit aimed at reversing the NCAA sanctions. Here’s...
  • The Whistleblower's Last Stand

    03/04/2014 9:36:50 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 40 replies
    espn ^ | 3-4-14 | Don Van Natta Jr.
    THE STAR WITNESS was anonymous, like each of Jerry Sandusky's victims. He was described in the grand jury presentment only as "a Penn State graduate assistant." Anyone reading the 23-page presentment released on Nov. 4, 2011, would be horrified by the prosecution's version of what the witness said he saw a decade ago. In the locker room shower inside the Lasch Football Building on Penn State's campus, he stumbled upon "a naked boy, Victim 2 ... with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant was shocked but noticed that...
  • Penn State's Thon 2014, The Weekend in Photos

    02/25/2014 4:53:07 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    pennlive ^ | 2-24-14 | Joe Hermitt
    Penn State's Thon ended Sunday afternoon with a record-breaking finish. Last year's $12.37 million was surpassed with this year's $13,343,517.33. The total was revealed Sunday at the 2014 Thon at the Bryce Jordan Center. This is the 42nd year for the student fundraiser. Thon is a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. Since 1977, Thon has raised more than $101 million benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
  • THON 2014 Total Breaks Previous Record Again

    02/23/2014 3:48:56 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 1 replies
    onward state ^ | 2-23-14 | Kevin Horne
    After a year of fundraising, months of planning, and 46 hours of dancing, this year’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon shattered last year’s final total and raise a whopping $13,343,517.33 For The Kids. With the flipping of those iconic white placards by the 2014 Executive Committee, another beautiful chapter was added to the story of THON — our story of THON. This is the tenth straight year THON raised more money than the previous year. Since 1977, when THON and the Four Diamonds Fund paired up for a common cause, more than $100 million has been raised, excluding this year’s efforts....
  • Dance marathon for Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital [PSU Dance Marathon]

    Biggest event of the year in Happy Valley! Dancers stood at 6PM and will remain standing until 4PM on Sunday. Jordan center will remain packed all weekend. Great start PSU kids. Lets crack that $13 million mark this year.
  • Penn State's Thon 2014 kicks off Friday: A full guide to the event

    02/18/2014 6:25:37 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    pennlive ^ | 2-18-14 | anna orso
    The largest student-run philanthropy in the world kicks off at Penn State this weekend, as more than 15,000 students will culminate a yearlong fundraising effort with a 46-hour dance marathon called Thon. The event – which benefits The Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center -- draws in thousands of spectators and more than 300 families affected by pediatric cancer each year. This year’s event at the Bryce Jordan Center kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday evening and will end at 4 p.m. Sunday. If you’re planning on making the trip to State College this...
  • NFL hopeful Rashid Williams gives up job, lives out of a van to train for shot at pros

    02/15/2014 11:09:52 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 12 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 2-15-14 | Kristian Dyer
    At a time when most draft prospects are trading up their cars, NFL hopeful Rashid Williams recently traded in his luxury sedan for a minivan. He's heard the jokes and the zingers from the other players training at TEST Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J., including that he drives a “soccer mom mobile.” But his minivan is more than a set of wheels to take him to his combine training every day. He also lives in it. Williams is homeless by choice. For most NFL draft prospects, sacrifices are to be expected as they ready for the combine and their...
  • Penn State to hire Eric Barron as new president

    02/14/2014 3:51:13 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 15 replies
    centre daily times ^ | 2-14-14 | Mike Dawson
    The next president of Penn State will be a familiar face on campus here — Florida State President Eric Barron, a source confirmed Friday. Barron, a 20-year faculty member and a former dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been chosen to be Penn State’s 18th president. Penn State’s board of trustees will vote to hire Barron during a special board of trustees meeting at noon Monday at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The board’s compensation committee also must approve his contract. Barron will succeed Rodney Erickson, who delayed retiring and opted to lead the university...
  • John Ziegler Tells State College Radio That the Entire Jerry Sandusky Case is Upside Down

    02/07/2014 7:52:16 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-7-14 | John Ziegler/Jeff Byers
    direct youtube [audio] link here
  • CEO seeks Penn State seat, attacks 'sinister fiction'

    01/27/2014 5:42:49 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 10 replies ^ | 1-27-14 | Joseph N. DiStefano
    It's not every day that the hard-charging CEO of an S&P 500 company goes back to his university and offers -- not to buy a little immortality with a new dorm or lab -- but himself as an active leader. Al Lord relishes combat: Raised in a Philly housing project, toughened by his campaigns to seize control of student lender Sallie Mae and defy challengers from Wall Street to the White House for 30+ years, Lord stepped down last year and has gone to fight for alma mater, Penn State, which faces unusual reputational and governance challenges... Lord is collecting...
  • Russian man faces weapon of mass destruction charges in Pennsylvania

    01/26/2014 6:33:56 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | 1-26-14 | Steve Almasy
    <p>Police officers were investigating a reported marijuana-growing operation when they discovered a homemade bomb and bomb-making materials in a suitcase, the news release said.</p> <p>Vladislav Miftakhov, a Russian citizen, was arrested and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe and drug-related offenses. He was arraigned Friday and bail was set at $500,000, Blair County corrections officer James McMahon said Sunday.</p>
  • Remembering Joe Paterno’s 1983 Board of Trustees Speech

    01/22/2014 8:05:42 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 22 replies
    onward state ^ | 1-22-14 | Kevin Horne
    Remembering Joe Paterno’s 1983 Board of Trustees Speech “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” When I visit Joe Paterno’s gravesite, as I have done on occasion over the last two years when I’m in need of some ethereal inspiration or peace, I’m always struck by the above line from Robert Browning on his headstone. The message speaks to the profound impact of Paterno as an academic visionary, and there’s a specific moment that comes to mind when I think of it. It was just days after the school’s first football National Championship,...
  • AccuWeather Announces the Launch of the AccuWeather Channel in Q3 2014

    01/16/2014 2:12:54 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 23 replies ^ | 1-16-14 | n/a
    AccuWeather Global Headquarters, January 13, 2014 - AccuWeather is pleased to announce it will launch a 24X7 weather channel, to be known as the AccuWeather Channel, in the third quarter of 2014. AccuWeather had not planned to make the announcement at this time, but decided to accelerate the announcement in light of the controversy that has developed between DIRECTV and The Weather Channel and in order to make the public aware of an additional offering that will be available to them later this year. AccuWeather is already the leading source of weather forecasts, information and data and is considered to...
  • Penn State hires James Franklin

    01/11/2014 1:45:51 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 16 replies
    espin ^ | 1-11-14 | Josh Moyer
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After a nine-day search, Penn State is set to introduce James Franklin as its new head football coach at a Saturday afternoon news conference. "I can't tell you how excited I am to come home," Franklin said in a statement Saturday. "I grew up watching Penn State football and now to be at the helm of such a storied program is a tremendous honor. It's important to me to be a part of a university that strives for excellence in everything they do. "When football student-athletes come to Penn State, they have a unique opportunity to...
  • Freeh Report,NCAA and news media to go on trial in Paterno law suit.

    01/11/2014 7:03:16 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    Tom in Paine ^ | January 8, 2014 | Marc Rubin
    One of the most egregious and well documented cases of news media dishonesty, libel, cowardice and greed along with official misconduct by the NCAA and others, will finally go on trial in a court of law where facts and rules of evidence, not media dishonesty,a mob mentality, distortions or ratings, web hits and newsstand sales at the expense of a man's reputation, will be the standard on which facts will be presented and judged. On Tuesday a judge ruled that the Paterno family's law suit against the NCAA can continue. The issue had always been, would the judge find that...
  • By Not Kowtowing to Columnist Blowhards, Penn State is Finally Moving On

    01/10/2014 8:57:30 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 111 replies
    Black Shoes Diary ^ | 1-10-14 | Devon Edwards
    At some point, you almost have to wonder if maybe this isn't about James Franklin, that it's really about Penn State, that these schmucks would have had a problem with anybody we could've tabbed to coach our team, that they would've found some dirt on Al Golden or Mike Munchak or even Larry Johnson, that it's really a cause for their affronted wrath when we win a damn game or two, or threaten to become the national powerhouse we once were. This university can do no right, because then what would they have to write about? The only good...
  • Judge Rules Parts of Paterno-NCAA Lawsuit Have Standing

    01/07/2014 4:32:25 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 18 replies ^ | 1-7-14 | Kevin Horne
    The family of Joe Paterno had a partial victory today as Judge John Leete, ruling over its lawsuit against the NCAA, permitted parts of it to move forward. The family, along with various former coaches, trustees, and players, brought forth a lawsuit challenging various aspects of the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State and their effects on the community. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs couldn’t pursue breach-of-contract claims over the NCAA because of Penn State’s binding agreement with the NCAA. Penn State has shown it wants nothing to do with this lawsuit and is not a party, and the judge...
  • In defense of the "Paterno people"

    01/03/2014 4:08:31 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 59 replies ^ | 1-3-14 | Kevin Horne
    By now, you’ve probably read Patriot News columnist David Jones’ rabble-rousing piece outlining some of the reasons behind Bill O’Brien’s departure — specifically quoting O’Brien during profanity laced tirade against so-called “Paterno people” that supposedly drove him right out of Happy Valley. If you haven’t, you should. I couldn’t help but feel compelled the first time I read the story Tuesday night. On the surface, it has significant shock value and information you won’t find anywhere else. But then I read it again. And again. And now, three days later, I find myself reading it for the dozenth time and...
  • Bill O’Brien’s NFL Future

    12/26/2013 11:25:45 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 12 replies ^ | 12-26-13 | Peter King
    The shroud of intrigue surrounding impending NFL head coaching vacancies has again descended upon Happy Valley. The rebuilder and savior of Penn State football, the 44-year-old Bill O’Brien, has resurfaced as one of the hottest candidates. And why not? O’Brien has been a feel-good story for a fan base still reeling from the unthinkable. But with his dream job within reach, how long will he last at a college program saddled by the NCAA’s bureaucratic limbo? The NFL keeps calling. Multi-million dollar contracts are to be negotiated. Sunday afternoons beckon like a siren. “Sure, it seems like a no-brainer,” says...
  • Penn State story surrounding Sandusky scandal is not over, according to filmmakers

    12/24/2013 2:44:16 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    Daily Item ^ | 12-24-13 | n/a
    Sportscaster Bob Costas among those featured in documentary — LEWISBURG — “The story is NOT over,” according to the filmmakers of 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley. The upcoming documentary about the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal will have an exclusive showing at 2 p.m. at The Campus Theatre in Lewisburg on Saturday, Dec. 28. Tickets are $12 each and must be purchased in advance through Veteran NBC sportscaster Bob Costas is among those interviewed in the film. Commenting on the Freeh report, Costas said that while the report might have contained some valuable information, Freeh then “assigned...
  • College wrestling: Penn State puts beating on Hawkeyes

    12/22/2013 11:32:31 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 5 replies
    WCF Courier ^ | 12-21-13 | Steve Batterson
    IOWA CITY | Top-ranked Penn State delivered a powerful message Saturday night. The three-time defending NCAA champions dominated the third-ranked Hawkeyes 24-12 in a nonconference dual which saw Iowa win just three matches. With a third-period pin at 133 pounds, Tony Ramos energized the Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd of 13,747 which included celebrities Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who enjoyed second-row center mat seats next to wrestling legend Dan Gable. Ramos’ win provided Iowa with the only bonus points the Hawkeyes mustered against the Nittany Lions. “We needed every point we could get and as a captain and leader of this...
  • Graham Spanier’s lawyer accuses former Penn State legal counsel Cynthia Baldwin of ‘flip-flop’

    12/22/2013 2:48:00 AM PST · by abb · 36 replies
    Centre Daily Times (State College, PA) ^ | December 22, 2013` | Mike Dawson
    The lawyer for ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier is raising new questions over what she called contradictions raised by the grand jury testimony of Cynthia Baldwin, the university’s embattled former in-house lawyer. Baldwin approached the state Attorney General’s Office about an “off the record” discussion in exchange for a deal in which the information she provided was not to be used against her, according to documentation released Sunday by Spanier lawyer Elizabeth Ainslie. Baldwin signed the document, called a proffer letter, on Oct. 19, 2012, and a week later she went before a grand jury. In her testimony, Baldwin said...
  • Penn State volleyball: Nittany Lions defeat Wisconsin for NCAA championship

    12/21/2013 9:53:42 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    Centre Daily Times ^ | 12-21-13 | cdt staff
    SEATTLE — It appeared the Penn State women’s volleyball team was on the brink of blowing a two-set lead. But the right person stepped to the service line at the right time, and the Nittany Lions caught fire. Micha Hancock delivered a pair of aces as the Nittany Lions ran off the final five points of the match — and another national title was theirs. Behind a match-high 21 kills from Ariel Scott, Penn State held on for a 25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday night at KeyArena for the program’s sixth national championship and fifth in...
  • A Long Simmering Feud: Penn State - Iowa Wrestling

    12/21/2013 1:14:34 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 19 replies ^ | 12-18-13 | Bscaff
    ...Earlier this summer, coaches, wrestlers, and fans in State College and Iowa City were alarmed to learn that the Lions and Hawks were not scheduled to wrestle - an unfortunate side effect to being in a 12- and soon to be 14-team conference. Many pointed to last year's awesome dual at Carver Hawkeye Arena, and wondered, with Olympic wrestling still fighting for its life, how could the Big Ten - the nation's premier wrestling conference - let this happen? Tom Brands and Cael Sanderson got it figured out, of course. And so for the first time since 1992, Penn State...
  • Bacon: Under O'Brien, Penn State's future is bright

    12/18/2013 2:52:40 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    Blue White Illustrated ^ | 12-18-13 | John Bacon
    John Bacon, author of Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, shares his thoughts on the future of Penn State football following an unprecedented inside look at the program. Check it out, below: NO MATTER HOW CYNICAL YOU GET The comedian Lilly Tomlin once said, "No matter how cynical you get, you just can't keep up." Too often, that's how I feel about college football, which has been my favorite sport from the start. I get jaded about the insane amounts of money generated on the backs of amateur athletes, and certain selfish, egotistical coaches, AD's,...
  • Pete's Call In to Kevin Slaten Regrading Penn State & Joe Paterno [youtube audio]

    12/14/2013 4:20:51 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 25 replies
    youtube ^ | 12-10-13 | Kevin Slaten
    This is why I love Kevin Slaten...
  • Penn State's John Urschel takes home prestigious scholar-athlete award

    12/10/2013 7:07:46 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    Penn Live ^ | 12-10-13 | Joe Hermitt
    Senior right guard John Urschel’s academic and athletic pursuits are well known in State College and beyond. The mathematics major who is working on a second master’s degree and who holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average added to his academic and athletic accolades Tuesday evening. Urschel was honored in New York City at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's annual black-tie event where he was named the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy. The two-time All-Big Ten first team honoree was one of 16 finalists for the award, widely regarded as the Academic Heisman, and...
  • The Case That Jerry Sandusky Was Over-Charged & Penn State Was Innocent (Part 1 of 2)

    11/19/2013 6:52:50 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 76 replies
    youtube ^ | 11-19-13 | John Ziegler
    New video from JZ. Long, but eye-opening. Sadly, John is the only one out there who cares about the truth.
  • PSU Grandma tries a beer bong [video]

    11/18/2013 5:34:23 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    youtube ^ | 11-17-13 | n/a
    Here's a direct link to the video.
  • Kevin Slaten/John Ziegler on 2 year anniversary of sandusky scandal [PSU Paterno interview]

    Long, brutal radio interview between Slaten/Ziegler. Calls out the fools that believe the narrative. The evidence IS overwhelming. And it's on real Penn Stater's and Joe's side. Hate on haters. You believe, and support media lies.
  • Paterno family lawsuit against NCAA goes before judge

    10/30/2013 4:55:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 14 replies
    cbsnews ^ | October 29, 2013 | AP
    BELLEFONTE, PA. A Pennsylvania judge said Tuesday he would decide later whether to allow a lawsuit against the NCAA filed by the family of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and others to go forward. After hearing more than three hours of arguments, Judge John B. Leete said he planned to issue a written opinion but did not say when. A lawyer for college sports' governing body urged him to throw out the complaint. The lawsuit and the court are "a poor forum for the venting of frustration, and the NCAA should not be made the scapegoat for the...
  • Wexner Medical Center doctor facing child pornography charges

    10/22/2013 6:26:21 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    The Lantern ^ | 10-20-13 | Alexandria Chapin
    A pediatric director at the James Cancer Hospital is pleading guilty to downloading child pornography onto an Ohio State computer. Dr. Christopher Pelloski, former director of OSU’s pediatric cancer radiation program at the Wexner Medical Center, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of accessing digital files intending to view child pornography, according to documents filed in federal court Oct. 8. ...The investigation led detectives to a computer’s IP address that traced back to Pelloski’s residence in Upper Arlington. Pelloski’s residence was served with a search warrant on July 16, resulting in numerous computers and digital media being taken...
  • What happens after the game. [youtube video]

    10/13/2013 11:22:53 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 25 replies ^ | 10-12-13 | youtube
    With the crowd noise having to be filtered during the broadcast (or else that's all we'd hear), this a great video that shows just how loud it actually is on the field at Beaver Stadium.
  • Nittany Lions electrify crowd with win over Army in debut of Pegula Ice Arena

    10/12/2013 6:59:13 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    centre daily times ^ | 10-12-13 | Gordon Brunskill
    UNIVERSITY PARK — The new building was beautiful, loud and packed to the rafters. And nearly all of those fans left with smiles on their faces. Aside from a few too many penalties, it was hard to ask for anything more of the Penn State ice hockey team in their new home, erupting for three third-period goals to put away Army 4-1 Friday night in the first game in Pegula Ice Arena. “When there’s a packed barn like that, and those fans are yelling,” said defenseman Nate Jensen, who scored the first goal in the new rink, “you get jitters,...
  • Ten (More) Questions with John Ziegler [PSU]

    09/30/2013 3:06:16 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    State ^ | 9-30-13 | Kevin Horne
    You all know him by now. John Ziegler — the iconoclastic, former talk radio hosting, ex-Christine Brennan dating filmmaker — is back for another round of 10 questions. Love him or hate him, there’s no question Ziegler has been one of the loudest outside voices on the Sandusky situation from the beginning and has a mini-movie and an online book to show for it. Enjoy. Onward State: There was a rather public disagreement between you and the PS4RS group recently where you decided to stop posting in its 10,000 member closed Facebook group. Can you explain what happened and discuss...
  • Police probe claims Gricar killed

    09/20/2013 5:01:34 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    Altoona Mirror ^ | 9-20-13 | Greg Bock
    Investigators, including the FBI, are looking into a claim that missing former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar was murdered by a former Hells Angel, according to Bellefonte police. "It's ongoing," Bellefonte police Detective Matthew Rickard said Thursday of the investigation into the claim. Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar as seen on March 31, 2005. Rickard said more interviews needed to be conducted, and he hadn't been briefed by the FBI as to the current status of the probe. Rickard said he couldn't comment on the details of the investigation but said the FBI, as well as the state...
  • Fencer reveals more information surrounding Kaidanov’s departure [Penn State firing]

    09/19/2013 1:09:23 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 18 replies
    Daily Collegian ^ | 9-19-13 | Eric Schultz
    By Eric Shultz | Collegian Staff Writer A key figure surrounding the departure of Emmanuil Kaidanov as Penn State fencing’s head coach came forward Wednesday afternoon with her side of the story — a misunderstanding involving medical tape mistaken for drugs.Junior Kane Gladnick speaks at the press conference in support of former Penn State Fencing Coach Emmanuil Kaidanov at the Ramada Inn on Wednesday, Sept 18, 2013. Surrounded by nine other Penn State fencers during a press conference at State College’s Ramada Inn, junior fencer Kane Gladnick described an incident she said ultimately led to Kaidanov’s firing after he followed...
  • Groups want poor image of Penn State to go away

    09/16/2013 7:01:46 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 87 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9-16-13 | Tim Rohan
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — ...John Nichols sat in his office in the old wing of the Willard Building, across the lawn from Old Main, fuming about what people have been saying, for two years now, about the university he loves. John Nichols, a professor emeritus, contends that a child sexual abuse scandal has unfairly defined Penn State. The campus was bustling. The students had returned. This bucolic town’s main drag, College Avenue, had come alive. Stores sold shirts that read, “Billieve” and “O’Brien’s Lions.” Football season was close, and almost everyone seemed excited for Coach Bill O’Brien’s second year. Nichols...
  • NCAA plea to kill lawsuit over Penn State sanctions denied by Commonwealth Court

    09/04/2013 9:04:41 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    Harrisburg Patriot ^ | 9-4-13 | Matt Miller
    In a ruling issued Wednesday morning, Commonwealth Court has shot down a bid by the NCAA to kill a lawsuit that aims to ensure that all proceeds of its $60 million fine against Penn State remain in Pennsylvania. The NCAA had asked the court to dismiss the suit state Sen. Jake Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord lodged. It argued that the two had no standing to intervene in what the NCAA contended was a contractual relationship between Penn State and the NCAA. The fine, imposed over Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal, was levied in...
  • Jerry Sandusky prosecutor: No evidence Joe Paterno participated in criminal cover-up at Penn State

    09/03/2013 9:21:06 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 39 replies
    Harrisburg Patriot ^ | 9-3-13 | Charles Thompson
    Another key figure in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case weighed in Tuesday with his take on whether former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was an active participant in efforts to cover up Sandusky's sex crimes. In an interview recorded for CBS 60 Minutes Sports, former Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina said flatly: "I did not find that evidence." That was after Fina stated that he did come to believe, as the state's probe of Sandusky progressed, that former Penn State president Graham Spanier and several of his top aides had tried to interfere with the...
  • Fencing Coach's [Penn State] Termination Incites Outrage, Speculation - Emmanuil Kaidanov

    08/27/2013 5:49:29 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 62 replies
    Onward State ^ | 8-27-13 | Bill DiFillipo
    The strangest story in Penn State’s athletic department in recent memory is becoming a little clearer — but still unsettling — as some news has finally come out as to why legendary fencing coach Emmanuil Kaidanov was unexpectedly fired last week. Several Penn State coaches "resigned" or left Penn State this offseason, but Kaidanov is no doubt the most surprising. Kaidanov was one of the greatest fencing coaches of all time, leading Penn State to a 795-77 record in 31 years. Kaidanov won 12 NCAA Championships at the helm of the Nittany Lions, and coached 28 NCAA Individual Champions and...
  • How Penn State Football Survived

    08/16/2013 5:45:14 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8-15-13 | John Bacon
    To write his forthcoming book "Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football," author John U. Bacon embedded himself with four Big Ten programs—Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Northwestern—in search of the sport's old ideals as it is roiled by money, greed and scandal. In this excerpt, he offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Penn State's team reacted to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal last year. ...An NCAA spokesperson said the organization "worked to minimize the impact of its sanctions on current and incoming football student-athletes." But the NCAA sanctions were encouraging "student-athletes" to behave like...
  • If the Truth is Out There, Ray Blehar Will Find It

    08/07/2013 7:44:06 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies ^ | 8-7-13 | Holly Swanson
    Even if you haven’t been paying attention to the court hearings, the Freeh Report, or public scapegoating, you know that over the 22 months of the Sandusky scandal, lines have been drawn in anger. There are many sides to the story and there is extensive finger-pointing, mostly based on how key statements can be interpreted in different ways. The same testimony can be twisted to support or refute any viewpoint. While many people cast their judgments based on quick soundbites and predetermined conclusions, there are a few voices who see through the misinterpretations, and, in some cases, the deliberate misleading...
  • PSU's Urschel solves student-athlete puzzle

    Don’t limit yourselves to the stereotypes that the media has created for you. Don’t listen to what the outside world tells you football players are supposed to do. Aspire to something greater. -- John Urschel, July 25, Big Ten kickoff luncheon The term student-athlete has balance in lettering -- seven letters to each word -- but not much else, especially when it comes to big-time college football. Most of the men who fall under the NCAA-driven label are, in reality, more athletes than students, even if they try to be both. They're more about the moment or the near future...
  • Chapter 10 (Conclusions) of the Betrayal of Joe Paterno

    08/04/2013 8:25:08 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 175 replies ^ | 7-8-13 | John Ziegler
    CHAPTER TEN: CONCLUSIONS One year after the release of the Freeh Report, this is what seems to be reality of the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal and its impact on the State College community: Joe Paterno’s reputation and legacy have been completely destroyed, the Penn State football program has been crippled, and the university’s reputation has been badly besmirched. Many lives have been greatly damaged, money has been lost, friendships have been severed, and wonderful memories have been painfully erased. The public battle to tell the real truth of what happened here has been badly lost and, thanks to the...