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Joe Paterno has plenty of well-wishers on 85th birthday


Joe Paterno has had a rough year, but he is receiving plenty of love as he turns 85 on Wednesday.

The legendary former Penn State football coach has been flooded with birthday cards for the last three weeks. Scott Fata, president of the Baltimore chapter of the university's alumni association, has been urging fellow graduates to send cards in hopes that Paterno would receive 109,000, which equals the number of seats at Beaver Stadium.

“This is someone that's very dear to a lot of the alumni,” Fata said of Paterno, who was fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, diagnosed with what his family calls a treatable form of throat cancer and broke his pelvis after a fall all within the last two months.

No word on if there were enough cards to fill every seat in the stadium yet, but Paterno's son, Jay Paterno, tweeted Tuesday that he “saw boatloads of birthday cards for Joe at the house & realized that I'd better get him one before tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, a letter is circulating in support of Paterno, signed by hundreds of players he coached during his 60 years (46 as head coach) at Penn State.

“Many in the Penn State community view the public's rush to judgment of Joe as a rush to judgment of everything Penn State. We ask for due process for Joe Paterno and the Penn State community,” the letter said. “Based on the immense quality of Joe's character and the absence of all the facts, we stand in support of Joe and Penn State.”

Lydell Mitchell, a standout running back from 1969 to 1971, helped craft and circulate the letter, which has been posted online, addressed from “The Penn State Football Family.”

“I'm just speaking to coach Paterno's character. The type of guy he's been over the years,” Mitchell said in a phone interview. “He didn't just care for [us] as football players. He cared for us as people. These are the things that really meant so much to me.”

Among the players who have signed the letter are Greg Buttle, Shane Conlan, LaVar Arrington, Franco Harris and Ki-Jana Carter.


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-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Joe Paterno in 2009. Credit: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Mike McQueary testifies he thinks he saw Jerry Sandusky molest boy


Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified Friday during a preliminary hearing for two school officials accused of lying to a grand jury about the child sex-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky that he told school administrators he saw Sandusky sexually molesting a boy but said he wasn't certain that it was intercourse.

He testified Friday about what he saw at a preliminary hearing for former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz. They are accused of providing inaccurate information to a Pennsylvania grand jury and failing to report allegations of child sex abuse involving former assistant coach Sandusky to law enforcement authorities.

McQueary said he watched for a couple of seconds from about six feet away before turning away in disgust, he testified.

FULL COVERAGE: Penn State scandal

"I heard rhythmic slapping sounds, two or three slaps that sounded like skin on skin. I was already alarmed, embarrassed. I believe he was sexually molesting the boy," McQueary said in court.

McQueary said he was so horrified he called his father, who told him to tell coach Joe Paterno, which McQueary did.

McQueary said he described what he saw and that he told Paterno that Sandusky was in a "sexual" act with the child and described it as "extremely sexual." McQueary testified that he did not give Paterno explicit details of what he believed he'd seen, saying he wouldn't have used terms like sodomy out of respect for the longtime coach. He said he described it as "rough positioning" of Sandusky and the boy.

Paterno told him, "I'm sorry you had to see that" and that he had "done the absolute right thing," McQueary said, who added that Paterno "slumped back in his chair."

Ten days after speaking with Paterno, he said, he met with Curley and Schultz.

"There is no question in my mind that I conveyed to them that I saw Jerry Sandusky in the showers with a boy and there was severe sexual acts going on and it was wrong and over the line," he said in court. But he said he did not use the words "anal intercourse" or "sodomy."

McQueary said Schultz never followed up with him but that neither Schultz nor Curley told him not to talk to anyone.

When asked why he didn't go to police, he said Schultz had overseen the campus police."I thought I was talking to the head of the police, to be frank with you," he said.


NCAA begins inquiry into Penn State scandal

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer: Bob Costas interview 'helped us'

Files from Jerry Sandusky's charity are missing, officials say

--Houston Mitchell

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 Photo: Mike McQueary. Credit: Joe Hermitt / Associated Press.


Jerry Sandusky taken to jail after failing to make bail

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been taken to a Pennsylvania county jail after he was unable to post $250,000 bail.

FabforumThe former Penn State assistant coach was jailed Wednesday after a brief court hearing.

Sandusky faces new charges based on the testimony of two new accusers. He already faced 40 counts of child sex abuse involving eight young boys over a 15-year span.

Both of the accusers testified that they, like the eight other alleged victims, met Sandusky through the Second Mile charity he founded. One of the accusers testified that he met Sandusky in 2004 when he was 11 or 12. He told the grand jury that Sandusky sexually assaulted him over a period of years.

The other accuser told the grand jury that he met Sandusky in 1997 when he was 10. The accuser testified, among other things, that Sandusky performed oral sex on him.

FULL COVERAGE: Penn State scandal

“As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of ‘grooming’ victims,” Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly said. “Beginning with outings to football games and gifts, they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults.”

Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, says his client maintains his innocence.

Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott said if Sandusky does make bail, he will be under house arrest and subject to electronic monitoring.


NCAA begins inquiry into Penn State scandal

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer: Bob Costas interview 'helped us'

Files from Jerry Sandusky's charity are missing, officials say

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Jerry Sandusky. Credit: Associated Press.


Should Penn State self-impose a bowl ban this year? [Poll]


In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, should Penn State officials follow in the footsteps of the University of Miami, which issued a self-imposed bowl ban for this season in response to an NCAA investigation into the university's compliance practices?

Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses. And feel free to join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.

Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times

Yes, although the two cases are different. Miami absolutely did the necessary thing in declining a bowl bid as part of a damage-control strategy in advance of major NCAA penalities. Current Miami players were involved in the present scandal in which booster Nevin Shapiro is alleged to have provided lavish gifts and favors.

Penn State players had nothing to do with the controversy surrounding the Jerry Sandusky case. But several members of the coaching staff, including interim head coach Tom Bradley, were longtime associates of Sandusky. No one is accusing them of any wrongdoing but there are questions being raised about what they knew, or should have known, about their former colleague.

This is shaping up as the biggest scandal in collegiate sports history. I think a bowl would be more of a distraction than a reward. The university would be better served at this time sitting this bowl season out.

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Joe Paterno's son has a plan to restore father's name to Big Ten trophy


Joe Paterno might have his name restored on the Big Ten Conference football championship trophy. Kind of.

Jay Paterno, Penn State's quarterbacks coach, has a plan to place his father’s name back on what had been called the Stagg-Paterno Trophy.

Asked his reaction to the conference announcing this week that it was removing his father’s name, Jay Paterno said:

“The only reaction I had was, let’s get there and win it and put it back on. We’ll bring it on a post-it note … we’ll stick it right back, but we’ve got to get to the game first.”

FULL COVERAGE: Penn State scandal

The Nittany Lions defeated Ohio State, 20-14, on Saturday to set up a showdown at Wisconsin next week for first place in the Big Ten’s Leaders Division.

The winner of that game will meet Michigan State in the conference’s first championship game.


NCAA begins inquiry into Penn State scandal

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer: Bob Costas interview 'helped us'

Files from Jerry Sandusky's charity are missing, officials say

--Mike Hiserman

Photo: Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno on the sideline during the game against Nebraska last week at State College, Pa. Credit: Michael Kubel / The Morning Call

NCAA begins inquiry into Penn State child sexual abuse scandal

After weeks of sitting on the sideline, it appears the NCAA is ready to dive headlong into the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal.

NCAA President Mark Emmert sent a letter to newly appointed Penn State President Rod Erickson informing him that the governing body for college sports is looking into whether the school broke any rules during its handling of the case, which cost coach Joe Paterno his job.

Emmert wrote that the NCAA will examine how Penn State operates its athletics program and what role that played in the case of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been arrested and charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse.

Emmert told the Associated Press this is not a formal investigation, but there is a chance it could develop into one. He has given the university until Dec. 16 to respond to several of his questions.

"We have to examine those facts and make a thoughtful determination of what is covered by our bylaws and what is not," Emmert said.

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Jerry Sandusky's lawyer: Bob Costas interview 'helped us'

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, said Friday that an interview his client had with Bob Costas earlier this week, in which Sandusky admitted that he had showered with young boys, was beneficial to their case.

Amendola received a lot of heat for allowing Sandusky, who was charged on Nov. 5 with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children, to answer questions that could potentially hurt his defense.

In the interview, Sandusky said: "I am innocent of those charges. ... I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."

Amendola told Fox News Channel on Friday that he didn't think that Sandusky's comments did any harm.

“I think it helped us because I think rather than having people comment that Jerry's lawyer is spinning his case for him, I think people needed to hear from Jerry that he was innocent. That he didn't commit the acts with which he’s been charged.

"He came across as Jerry always comes across. And I think the more that he gets out in the public eye, the more he speaks, I think the more people will understand that that's just Jerry's mannerisms, the way he answers questions, his thoughtfulness, his thinking process takes time to answer questions. His responses are slow and sometimes they're extended."

Amendola said he fears that Sandusky will not be able to lead a normal life because of the allegations. He added that Sandusky's home has been vandalized twice in one week.


Jon Stewart comments on Jerry Sandusky interview

Joe Paterno gave ownership of their home to his wife for $1 in July

Judge in Jerry Sandusky case may have benefited from Second Mile

-- Melissa Rohlin

Files from Jerry Sandusky's charity are missing, officials say

Officials at Jerry Sandusky's charity, the Second Mile, said several years' worth of their records are missing
Officials at Jerry Sandusky's charity, the Second Mile, said several years worth of their records are missing and may have been stolen, according to the New York Times.

Prosecutors allege that Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State who was charged on Nov. 5 with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children, used the Second Mile to find his victims. They now worry that their investigation could be compromised by the loss of the files, the newspaper said.

According to unnamed Times' sources, investigators served subpoenas on the Second Mile to learn the names of every child who dealt with the foundation. Members of the charity's board of directors learned recently that records from 2000 to 2003 were missing.

The charity has since located the records from one of those years, the newspaper reported, but the rest remain gone.

"It could be that they are just lost, but under the circumstances it is suspicious," a law enforcement official involved in the case told the Times.


Jon Stewart comments on Jerry Sandusky interview

Joe Paterno gave ownership of their home to his wife for $1 in July

Judge in Jerry Sandusky case may have benefited from Second Mile

-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: A sign at the headquarters of Jerry Sandusky's charity, the Second Mile. Credit: Pat Little / Reuters

Mike McQueary did not report incident to us, police chief says

Mike McQueary did not report his allegations of child sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky to the State College police department, Chief Tom King said Wednesday.

McQueary has stated in a grand jury report that he saw a boy, whose age he estimated at 10 years old, "being subjected to anal intercourse" by a naked Sandusky, then the Nittany Lions defensive coordinator, in a shower at the Penn State football building in March 2002.

Facing public criticism for a perceived lack of action during the incident, McQueary said in an email obtained by the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call that he "did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police."

FULL COVERAGE: Penn State scandal

McQueary, who was a graduate assistant at the time of the alleged incident, did not specify which police department he spoke to. Penn State has its own police force, and administrators are looking into whether McQueary made contact with that department.

According to the grand jury report, McQueary left "immediately," was "distraught" and called his father. His father told him to leave the building and come to his home. McQueary did report the incident to his  then-coach Joe Paterno the next day and later met with athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business.

Curley and Schultz have been chargedwith perjury and failure to report. Curley was placed on administrative leave, and Schultz, who oversaw university police, returned to retirement. Paterno was fired last week by the university's Board of Trustees. McQueary, now a wide receivers coach for the Nittany Lions, has been placed on administrative leave.

Sandusky is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children and is free on $100,000 bail.


John Stewart comments on Jerry Sandusky interview

Joe Paterno gave ownership of their home to his wife for $1 in July

Judge in Jerry Sandusky case may have benefited from Second Mile

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Mike McQueary. Credit: Tim Shaffer/ Reuters

Joe Paterno gave wife ownership of their home for $1 in July

Less than four months before the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal made headlines nationwide, Joe Paterno transferred full ownership of his house to his wife for $1, according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

The transaction took place in July. Two lawyers who examined the documents for the Times drew different conclusions; one said that "it appeared to be an explicit effort to financially shield Joe Paterno." Another said the transfer appeared "benign."

The documents placed the value of the Paternos' house, which they had previously held title to jointly, at $594,484.40.

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The paper reported that one of Paterno's lawyers, Wick Sollers, said in an email that the transfer had nothing to do with the Sandusky scandal, which led to Paterno being fired as head coach at Penn State last week.

Paterno has received intense criticism for telling only his superiors and failing to go to the police after a graduate assistant told Paterno that he witnessed Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator, sexually assaulting a young boy in a school shower in 2002.

On Nov. 5, Sandusky was charged with 40 criminal counts, including six first-degree felony charges, in connection with alleged deviate sexual intercourse.

Some legal experts have speculated that Paterno could be a target of civil actions.


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Penn State's Mike McQueary says he told police of alleged rape

-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Sue and Joe Paterno stand on the front porch of their house in front of fans and media members. Credit: Joe Hermitt / Associated Press / The Patriot-News

Jon Stewart comments on the Jerry Sandusky interview

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Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," had a segment Tuesday night on the interview disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky conducted with Bob Costas on Monday on NBC's "Rock Center."

Sandusky, who has been charged with sexually abusing eight young boys, said he showered with a young boys while maintaining that he was innocent. Costas asked Sandusky, "Are you sexually attracted to young boys?"

"Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them, But, no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys," Sandusky told Costas.

Stewart could not believe Sandusky's answer.

FULL COVERAGE: Penn State scandal

"You can't even bring yourself to lie emphatically," Stewart said. "'Good God no! Sexually attracted? I'm not!.' It's like in that phone conversation, you're actually fighting the urge to come clean."

All in all, it's a funny and sad segment. You have to wonder what Sandusky was thinking with this interview, and you have to wonder why his lawyer, who was sitting next to Costas, would even allow the interview to take place.


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-- Houston Mitchell



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