Coverage Roundup of Penn State’s Most Historic Week

It would be a bit of an understatement to say that it’s been a long week. Even since the news broke last weekend of the indictments of Jerry Sandusky, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz, the story has moved at breakneck speed–and it’s been hard to keep up.

Our Liveblog chronicled most of the developments as they occurred, but there’s plenty you may have missed during the week that was. Included below are links to all of our coverage of the ongoing scandal.

November 14

Update: Penn State Leaders Contact Staffs and Students
In the wake of this week’s tragic events, a number of Penn State administrators took to email in order to share their thoughts with the community. We collected as many as possible and included them.

Observations: Nebraska
For the final time in his college career, John Tecce shares his thoughts about gameday at Beaver Stadium.

Tom Bradley: The Epitome of Integrity
Given the circumstances, Tom Bradley should be commended for how he got his team ready to play. Despite the loss, his team handled itself with aplomb and grace, and the same can be said of the coach himself.

November 13

Moody’s Reviews PSU Aa1 Bond Rating, Downgrade Possible
In the wake of this scandal, Penn State’s sterling credit rating will be re-examined as a result of the potential fiscal damages that could arise. If downgraded, there could be serious negative implications for students.

It Was More Than a Game
Saturday’s game against Nebraska needed to be played, because it showed the best of Penn State, and started the healing process. Even after a loss, we should be Penn State Proud.

November 12

Emotions, Excitement Abound During Penn State-Nebraska Game
Football writer Michael Berton shares the gameday experience, as he saw it from perched high above the field in the Press Box.

A (Candle) Light in the Dark
The candlelight vigil Friday night, which brought thousands onto the Old Main lawn in somber reflection, was an emotional and tear-jerking experience, and also issued a challenge to Penn State: Can we turn this into the Greatest Story Ever Told?

November 11

President Rodney Erickson Holds First Press Conference
President Erickson released a statement which listed five promises, among them reinforcing the moral imperative, leading by example, and committing to transparency.

Board of Trustees Meeting in Nittany Lion Inn
The Penn State Board of Trustees will meet this morning in the ballroom at the Nittany Lion Inn, a space four times bigger than what is normally used.

Penn State University Relations staff is guarding the door, limiting the number of journalists and cameras allowed into what will surely be the most anticipated Board of Trustees meeting in many, many years.
So Much for a Normal Senior Year
Well, this has certainly been a week that none of us will ever forget. A week filled with many emotions and an utter sense of disbelief. I thought our school was infallible, but now we’re facing the worst scandal higher education has ever seen. This isn’t the way our senior year was supposed to be – I want my Penn State back.

Once More, With Feeling
Fan, student, faculty, or other, I urge you, support the student athletes who ran out of the south end zone tunnel on Saturday wearing the same blue and white they did weeks ago, when our only worry fell from the sky in the form of snowflakes.

#ProudPSUforRAINN Allows Healing to Begin
In a time when positive energy is desperately looking to be expelled by the Penn State community, a new organization, Proud to Be a Penn Stater, has teamed with RAINN to raise funds for sexual abuse victims.

#OccupyPennState Vacates HUB
After a month of maintaining a presence in the HUB, #OccupyPennState has decided to take down the protest signs and relocate from a physical occupation to an amorphous existence through diplomatic dialogue and unfaltering connections.

November 10

Governor Tom Corbett Speaks to Media
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett held a brief press conference in front of reporters at the Penn Stater Conference Center.

Rioters Tear Down Lamp Post on College Avenue [VIDEO]
Penn State Students riot on College Avenue following the announcement that Joe Paterno had been fired by the Board of Trustees.

Statement from CCSG President And Vice President
Today we find our University in a state of uncertainty and unrest. The Board of Trustees decision to remove President Spanier and Coach Paterno from their respective positions is not one that came after little thought.

Posnanski, Forde Speak to #JoePaClas
This will be, in all likelihood, the last time that Penn State offers a class on “Joe Paterno, Communications, and the Media,” otherwise known as COMM 497G, but if this was its final semester, it’s going out with a bang.

Tom Bradley Holds Press Conference
Tom Bradley took the podium in the Beaver Stadium media room for the first time as head coach of the Penn State football team on Thursday afternoon.

Statement from GSA President Jon Lozano

President TJ Bard Speaks at Old Main
University Park Undergraduate Association President TJ Bard (@TJBard) will speak from the steps of Old Main at 12:30 p.m. about the recent unprecedented and historic events that have happened over the past week.

Meet Tom Bradley, The New Nittany Lion Head Coach
Bradley has never particularly sought the spotlight, but today, the spotlight will seek him as he appears publicly for the first time, no longer having the title of defensive coordinator but rather interim head coach.

Legendary Status Doesn’t Warrant a Pass for JoePa
It always seemed like the famed coach’s retirement was far away.

In The Face of Violence, We Are
The peaceful gathering of students in opposition to Joe Paterno’s immediate termination quickly deteriorated into a swarm of vandalism and misguided aggression. What remains now is a campus full of debris and a tarnished image of the Penn State community.

May No Act of Ours Bring Shame: The Riot That Never Should Have Happened
When I heard the news, I immediately feared that there would be a riot, but I could never have predicted what transpired.

Paterno Fired in Abrupt Ending to Iconic Career
The time for Joe Paterno to no longer be associated with the Penn State football program was on the horizon, and it finally ended Tuesday night inside Deans Hall at the Penn Stater Hotel.

Photo Gallery: Penn State Reacts to Coach Paterno’s Firing
Students flood campus and downtown State College in reaction to Coach Paterno’s firing.

BoT Press Conference, JoePa Statue, and Downtown Photos
A series of photos from the Board of Trustees Press Conference, the silent gathering at the JoePa statue following the announcement of his firing, and the scene downtown.

November 9

Joe Paterno Fired, Will Not Coach Saturday
After a lengthy private meeting, Penn State’s Board of Trustees announced in a press conference late Wednesday that Joe Paterno, the face of a university, and perhaps of college football, would not be able to leave this football team on his own terms.

Graham Spanier Ousted as Penn State President
As the dominoes continue to topple from the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Penn Sate University Board of Trustees voted last night to remove Graham Spanier from his role as University President, effective immediately.

National Media Misses Mark on Sandusky Scandal

Quick. Don’t think. Who is prime suspect number one in the scandal involving Penn State right now?

The Willard Preacher Defends Paterno
Gary Cattell, the Willard Preacher, has been speaking in support of Paterno to crowds of students and admonishing the administration for their treatment of his resignation.

McLanahan’s Selling Blueout Shirts for Saturday’s Game
McLanahan’s sold shirts for Saturday’s game against Nebraska, which was declared an official Blueout.

Paterno’s Final Home Game is a Hot Ticket
As of 3:50, the Penn State student ticket exchange had zero tickets listed for purchase. Fans seeking non-student tickets are seeing rising costs as well.

Paterno Takes Responsibility While Others Hide
Sam Cooper praises Paterno for taking responsibility while Spanier, Curley, and Schultz and others are the ones who should be vilified.

Current Second Mile Counsel Courtney Previously Worked for PSU
Current Second Mile counsel Wendell Courtney was counsel for Penn State before Cynthia Baldwin.

Erickson Would Become President in Event of Spanier Exit
Rodney Erickson has been the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University since 1999. According to the Express-Times, is the most likely heir-apparent to replace Spanier in his exit.

Beaver Canyon Gathering from Rooftop
We have video of last night’s gathering in Beaver Canyon.

Something to Be Proud Of: THON
With 100 Days of THON, let’s take the opportunity to reflect on what THON means to our community.

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Game
The infamous church will be protesting Saturday’s Penn State football game against Nebraska.

Spanier Silenced by Board of Trustees
According to reports, President Spanier has been silenced by the Board of Trustees.

Sources: Spanier Ordered Raises
With some odd timing, President Spanier has announced a 1% raise across the University.

Save Your “Riots”
One of our writers argues that last night’s gathering on Beaver Avenue was not composed of Penn State fans — they were jackasses.

Board of Trustees’ Response Appalling
The Board of Trustees’ response was too little, too late.

AP, Paterno Family: JoePa to Retire
A report from the Associated Press broke that Paterno would retire at the end of this year. It was later confirmed with a statement from Paterno himself.

Video: Penn State Community Reactions
We asked people downtown what they thought of the ongoing controversy.

This Week in Activism: Sandusky Edition
Activists have planned a number of on-campus demonstrations over the rest of the week.

On My Hero’s Doorstep
An emotional account of what being at Joe Paterno’s house last night was like.

Open Letter to President Spanier
A Presidential Leadership Academy student offers his resignation to President Spanier in protest of his failed leadership.

PSU Hope Plans Friday Candle Vigil at Old Main
A vigil planned for Friday night at Old Main will offer respects to the victims affected.

Spanier/Paterno Clash Extends Beyond Charges
Tension between Spanier and Paterno has been building for a long time.

Spanier’s Continued Silence Is Sickening
‘President Spanier’s failure to explain the situation has been a huge disappointment.

Troubling Signs and Troubling Times: It’s Hard to Defend Joe Paterno
Think of what Joe Paterno must be experiencing right now.

Photo Gallery: Tuesday’s Events
A round-up of our photos from Tuesday.

November 8

Paterno Addresses Student Support
Joe Paterno spoke to hundreds of students gathered at his house, acknowledging their support and asking that people say a prayer for the victims and families of the scandal.

The Demise of a Legend
This isn’t how the Paterno era was supposed to end.

The Importance of THON
Written by Brian Krasnopolsky.

New York Times: End Appears Near For JoePa
According to a New York Times article, the the Board of Trustees has already begun discussion on how to approach Joe Paterno’s departure. However, Scott Paterno claims these rumors as premature.

Penn State Students #OccupyOldMain
The Occupy Penn State movement has decided to relocate to Old Main starting Monday in light of the recent events, and they have asked other organizations to join them.

Unhappy Valley: What This Week Means and Doesn’t for Penn State
By former student trustee Rodney Hughes.

High Ideals, Higher Cowardice
The pinnacle of cowardliness was reached late Tuesday morning, at a time where only honesty will save the school and program from itself.

Mid-Season Report: How the Sandusky Incident Will Affect the Team
Football writer Michael Berton examines how the controversy will affect the team.

How Not to Handle a Scandal
The University failed in its response to the crisis that has engulfed our campus.

Shock Value: Why Reading the Jerry Sandusky Grand Jury Report is Worth Your Time
Horrific, nauseating, and grotesque are just a few words and phrases that describe the content of the 23-page Thirty-Third Statewide Investigating Grand Jury report that ultimately indicted Jerry Sandusky on over 40 counts of malicious sexual crimes, but is it something that should be read?

Mike McQueary: The Missing Link
Why has the case’s prime eye-witness remained silent so far?

Questions for JoePa, Curley, Schultz, and Spanier
We asked, you answered: What questions do you have for Penn State’s top brass?

November 7

Statement from the Penn State Alumni Association
Executive Director Roger Williams released a statement regarding the charges against Sandusky, Curley, and Schultz.

Pres. Spanier Cancels Renaissance Fund Dinner
Wednesday’s 2011 Renaissance Fund dinner honoring Graham and Sandra Spanier has been rescheduled.

Lawyer: Failure to Report Is “Speeding Ticket”
Lawyers for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have released statements, vehemently reiterating the innocence of their clients.

Amidst Sandusky Madness, Students Speak Out
Students have protested, created Facebook events for demonstrations other courses of action, and have in general reacted in many different ways to the shock and outrage.

Penn State: Sandusky Camps Not Affiliated with University
Contrary to a Deadspin report, Penn State claims that there are no ties between the University and Sandusky’s sports camps held at Penn State Behrend.

Mark Sherburne Named Interim AD
After Curley submitted his request for administrative leave to Spanier and the Board of Trustees for review at a closed executive session, Mark Sherburne was named Interim AD.

PSU Selfishness Overshadows Real Tragedy
While moral and legal obligations differ, an act to protect a cherished, proud, and highly viewed program were put ahead of protecting the innocence of at least six victims of Sandusky.

Board of Trustees Meets, Curley and Schultz Placed on Leave
In a closed, late-night executive session intended to be secret, the Penn State Board of Trustees meet and discussed the charges of perjury against Curley and Schultz, accepting their request for leave.

Curley and Schultz Charged, JoePa Comments
News that Curley and Schultz would be charged broke with the release of the Attorney General’s presentment, which Paterno would respond to within 24 hours of its release.

Remember the Victims of Alleged Abuse
Penn State students and community members need to keep the alleged victims and all victims of child abuse in mind throughout this ordeal.

Amid Allegations, We Should Support Team
Penn State’s student-athletes need our support more than ever right now.

Don’t Blame Joe
Perhaps it’s just because of the myth of Joe Paterno, but Penn State editor Devon Edwards argues that we should all wait before condemning his role in the Sandusky scandal.

How Penn State Broke My Heart
While most other collegiate athletic programs have faced the downfall of scandal over the years, Penn State has stood as a pillar of integrity, as the “shining program on a hill.” Was it all a lie?

Second Mile Issues Statement on Sandusky
The Second Mile, the charity founded by Jerry Sandusky where he found many of his victims, released a statement this afternoon about the scandal and the charges facing its founder.

Penn State’s Selfishness Overshadows Real Tragedy
As quickly as the allegations against Jerry Sandusky have swept across the national land scape, the slow response of the Penn State administration makes it that more chilling.


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Devon Edwards

Devon is a 2012 Penn State graduate and current law student at NYU. Devon joined Onward State in January of 2011, after a lengthy stay in the comment section. His likes include sabermetrics, squirrels, and longs walks on the beach, and his dislikes include spelunking, when you put your clothes in the dryer and they come out still kinda damp but also warm, and the religious right.

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