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Day: July 25, 2012

Update: Board of Trustees Meets, Accepts Sanctions

Convening at around 5 p.m., the Board of Trustees met with President Erickson in a conference room at the Penn Stater Conference Center -- the same place where they met in November when they made the decision to fire Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno.

Bill O’Brien Contract Automatically Extended Four Years

According to the Centre Daily Times, Bill O'Brien's contract as head coach of the Nittany Lions football team has been extended four years until 2020. This comes as part of an agreement with athletic director David Joyner when O'Brien first signed with the school that allowed for automatic extension equal to the number of years that the team may be sanctioned for.

Overheard on Twitter: Decisions to Stay at PSU

Over the past two days, several current players have also taken to Twitter to announce their intentions. A Storify laying out their tweets is after the jump.

Erickson May Have Broken Standing Order

The debate on whether or not the sanctions handed down to Penn State by the NCAA are warranted has been ongoing with Penn Staters and college football fans alike over the last several days. But one area that hasn't been often discussed is whether President Rodney Erickson -- without approval from the Board of Trustees -- had the authority to sign the agreement with the NCAA essentially accepting the sanctions without even a whimper of a fight.

Reader-Submitted Post

The Risk of Assuming We Know What the “Survivors” Want

Victim #4 had reservations about the decisions for sanction Penn State and to take down Joe Paterno's statue. He remained a fan of Penn State and expressed anger that he and his fellow survivors were not consulted by Penn State and the NCAA, which meted out measures on their behalf. This raises a great question about whether our assumptions of survivors' desires and sense-making from the tragedy should supplant what the survivors actually feel and how they truly made sense of their trauma. This is neither a fight for or against sanctions at Penn State. It is an argument to preserve the authentic voices of the survivors without imposing our thoughts over them and without using them in a hollow game of "who hates child sex more." We all hate it with equal passion. Let's move on and allow the survivors' own stories bear witness to a world that is willing to listen.

Football Players Reaffirm Commitment to Program

Earlier this morning, a group of Penn State football players led by linebacker Mike Mauti and fullback Mike Zordich gave remarks on the practice field outside the Lasch Building to reaffirm their commitment to Penn State.

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