Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Masser still does not think Joe Paterno was fired, according to his deposition that was released today in the Corman lawsuit. Masser also said that the reason Paterno was fired “had nothing to do” with what he “had known or hadn’t done,” which contradicts an official Penn State release explaining the termination.
While many Penn Staters around the world celebrate the restoration of Joe Paterno’s 111 wins on Friday, all of Pennsylvania should be rejoicing that resources for victims of sexual abuse in the state are about to improve greatly.
The NCAA officially repealed the crippling sanctions against Penn State, restored the wins, and kept the $60 million fine within Pennsylvania state lines. How did we get here?
Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden doesn’t mind giving up his “official” title as the winningest D-1 college football coach of all time. In fact, he has even welcomed it. Bowden, now officially second on the all-time list with 377 wins, told the Associated Press that he is “OK” with the distinction.
With Joe Paterno’s wins restored by the NCAA today (thanks to Jake Corman and Rob McCord), our writers reflected on their past three years from the perspective of a freshman and senior.
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, a pro-Paterno group that has organized alumni over recent years in an attempt to change Penn State governance and right purported wrongs related to the Sandusky scandal, opposed today’s settlement news that restored Penn State’s 112 vacated wins and replaces the 2012 consent decree that the group has lobbied so hard against.
The NCAA announced that it has reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed by State Senator Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McMord. The consent decree, and thus the sanctions, have been replaced with a new agreement. The 112 vacated wins have been restored and Joe Paterno once again has 409 wins. The NCAA also agreed to keep the $60 million fine within the state of Pennsylvania to benefit victims of child sexual abuse.
The Commonwealth’s case against Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz had its first major filing in months today, as Judge Todd Hoover denied the trio’s request to dismiss their charges, ruling that then-attorney Cynthia Baldwin gave proper legal counsel during the men’s grand jury testimony.
State Senator Jake Corman’s case with the NCAA received some breathing room Tuesday from Federal Court. U.S. Middle Court Judge Yvette Kane ruled against the NCAA’s argument that the Endowment Act, which challenges the consent decree signed by Penn State, violated the U.S. Constitution. Kane refused to throw out the state law requiring the NCAA’s $60 million fine on Penn State to stay in the state of Pennsylvania.