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October 3, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
A former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at Sandusky's sex abuse trial sued the university Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation. Mike McQueary's whistle-blower lawsuit claims his treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment. The complaint, filed in county court near State College, where the university is based, seeks millions of dollars in damages.
September 30, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman, Los Angeles Times
Michael Mauti let his performance do his talking. The Penn State linebacker made an emphatic statement with six tackles, a forced fumble and two interceptions Saturday as the Nittany Lions routed Illinois, 35-7. Mauti, a senior, wasn't made available to the media last week in the days leading up to the game. The reason was clear: Mauti hadn't minced words about his feelings for Illinois at Big Ten media day. Illinois had sent a large contingent of coaches to State College, Pa., over the summer in the wake of an NCAA announcement that Penn State football players could transfer without losing eligibility as part of sanctions against the school related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal.
September 18, 2012 | Wire reports
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was jailed on suspicion of drunk driving and speeding early Tuesday, just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos. Turner, 30, of Suwanee, Ga., was booked into the Gwinnett County jail in metro Atlanta just after 5 a.m. Turner spent barely two hours behind bars before he was released on $2,179 bond, jail records showed. ETC. Group will advise how to distribute Penn State penalty money A 10-member task force has been named to come up with guidelines for how to distribute the record $60-million fine that Penn State will pay in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the NCAA said Tuesday.
September 8, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
The NCAA's plan to cripple Penn State as it humiliates innocent players could not be working out better. The NCAA defeated Penn State, 17-16, on Saturday to improve its record to 2-0. This week, the organization embedded in the University of Virginia. Last week, it camouflaged as Ohio and hammered out a 24-10 win in Happy Valley. The Penn State kicker who would have defeated Virginia on Saturday, Anthony Fera, transferred to Texas. Into the breach stepped Sam Ficken, a 19-year-old sophomore, who missed an extra point and four field goals, the last a 42-yard attempt as time expired.
September 5, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
It has cost Penn State almost $17 million in fees alone to deal with the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, and the tab is expected to grow by tens of millions of dollars before the meter stops clicking. Sandusky, who is reportedly writing a book while in jail awaiting sentencing on 45 charges that he sexually abused boys , is a former defensive football coach at Penn State. Some of the abuse took place in the shower room of the university's football training facility, where Sandusky would take boys who were clients of the charity he started.
September 2, 2012 | By Gary Klein and Baxter Holmes
Matt Barkley turned and shoved the ball into Silas Redd's hands, and Redd ran forward, charging between his new teammates on a field 2,800 miles away from his old ones. He picked up eight yards, churning his thick legs like a locomotive powering uphill, before two defenders brought him down. Redd's first carry in a cardinal-and-gold uniform Saturday in the USC's 49-10 win against Hawaii was tough, each yard a struggle. But when he picked himself up, applause from a sun-splashed Coliseum crowd washed over him. The junior left behind Penn State, where he rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season, in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions handed down after a child sex abuse scandal.
September 1, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman
There was no storybook start for Bill O'Brien in his debut as Penn State's football coach. The Nittany Lions were shut out in the second half by Ohio on Saturday and lost, 24-14. Before a capacity crowd of more than 97,000 at Beaver Stadium, Penn State jumped out to a 14-3 lead at the half. But in the end the Nittany Lions were done in by three turnovers -- and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton. PHOTOS: Penn State opens new era Tettleton completed 31 of 41 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns.
September 1, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State's initial first half post-Joe Paterno went pretty well. The Nittany Lions took a 14-3 lead into the tunnel, twice. The Nittany Lions jumped the gun (literally) when they started running off the field thnking the half was over. The players had to return because Ohio had called a timeout with three seconds left. Penn State fans booed. Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton ran a stat-padding play on fourth down, and then the half was really over.
September 1, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
It was all new, except the football. That felt familiar in Silas Redd's hands, and he did with it what he does best of all: He ran. The running back ran straight ahead Saturday, charging between new teammates, 2,800 miles from his old ones. Defenders he never imagined facing months ago when he played for Penn State threw themselves at him; he gained eight yards, churning his legs like a locomotive before two brought him down. A Coliseum crowd cheered, and he stood after his first carry in a cardinal and gold uniform and let the roar from thousands of USC fans wash over him. "It's a little hard to believe right now," he said after the top-ranked Trojans beat Hawaii, 49-10, in their season opener.
September 1, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The chant was persistent and pervasive. It started outside Beaver Stadium before noon and continued inside throughout the game. It cut through months of pent-up pain and jaw-dropping allegations and court trials and NCAA sanctions. "We are … Penn State!" Another harsh reality, though, dropped in on Happy Valley as the football team and community tried to move forward from a poisonous past year. They are … 0-1. The first Penn State game since 1949 played without Joe Paterno on staff played out excitedly and beautifully - for Ohio, which defeated Penn State, 24-14, before a less-than-capacity crowd of 97,186.
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