Penn State Scandal
The sister of one of Sandusky's alleged victims is a student at Penn State: "In a parallel universe, going to class might be a nice distraction, to get her mind off the chaos surrounding the arrest of the man accused of molesting her brother. But not as a junior at Penn State, where students are making jokes about being 'Sanduskied. 'I can't escape it,' said the junior, whose brother was allegedly molested in a shower by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky when he was 11. 'I've been going to minimal classes, because every class I go to I get sick to my stomach. People are making jokes about it. I understand they don't know I'm involved and it was my brother, but it's still really hard to swallow that.'" [Patriot-News]
Shut up, college: "'Being accepted to Penn State felt like a family, and Joe Paterno was the father. Now that he's gone my heart is in two,' Hanselman (senior-marketing) said." [Daily Collegian]
New York Times gets down to brass tacks: "Penn State opened as a 2 ½-point underdog for Saturday's game. As the scandal escalated and the possibility emerged that Paterno might not retain his job through the week, more money poured in on Nebraska and the line was adjusted to 3 ½ in many places, with projections to go even higher by the weekend." [NYT]
UCF AD owes a thank you to spotlight-stealing Penn State: "University of Central Florida President John Hitt called it a difficult day for Knights fans moments before he announced sweeping reform of the school's athletic department as a result of extensive rule violations found by NCAA investigators. UCF Athletic Director Keith Tribble and assistant football coach David Kelly both agreed to resign Wednesday after NCAA and UCF staff members working on concurrent investigations determined they lied about their knowledge of flagrant NCAA rule violations. UCF men's basketball coach Donnie Jones was suspended without pay for the first three Conference USA games of the upcoming season for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA rules, declining to intervene or immediately report rules violations he witnessed. ‘This is a difficult day for me, as I'm sure it is for all of our fans,' Hitt said during a news conference Wednesday. ‘The conduct detailed by the NCAA's report falls far short of our university's standards and my own expectations for how our athletics program should operate.'" [Orlando Sentinel]
Mike McCarthy is worth $304.50 more than Carl Pavano: "Mike McCarthy, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, has committed to the following - 4 tickets to mutually agreed upon home game during the 2012 season – meet and great with the coach day before the game - a stadium tour day before the game and pregame field passes." [Vermont Farm Diaster Relief Fund]
Today in exorbitant NFL fines: "Bears receiver Earl Bennett put on a pair of orange shoes for Monday night's game against the Eagles. The NFL was not happy with that blatant disregard for its uniform policies: Bennett has confirmed that the NFL fined him $5,000 because of the shoes. Some players who get fined vow not to change their ways, but Bennett isn't one of them. Bennett said he has learned his lesson and will only wear the regulation shoes from now on, lest he incur the wrath of his wife. ‘They say they will double the fine, so, it would be 10 grand,' Bennett said. ‘And I don't think my wife would like that.'" [PFT]
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The bitter taste of batting .235: "After five World Series rings, seven American League pennants and five All-Star appearances, Jorge Posada says his career with the New York Yankees is over. ‘I don't think there's not even a percentage of chance that I can come back,' the 40-year-old catcher said Wednesday night before his foundation's annual dinner. ‘It's not going to happen.' After 17 seasons in pinstripes, Posada faces the same choice Bernie Williams had after the 2006 season: Retire and ensure that his entire big league career was with the Yankees or move on to another team. Posada said his agents had heard from about a half-dozen clubs expressing interest and he probably will wait until January or early February to make up his mind.' Do I want to do it for somebody else? Do I want to leave home? Do I want to do it all over again without knowing anybody?' he said, with his wife Laura at his side." [AP]
At least Mike Miller knows he was terrible last season: "The NBA lockout is real. So is amnesty. And for Mike Miller so is rehab from a pair of offseason surgeries. So, yes, that is Miller's Hillsboro Shores estate that recently was placed on the market for $9 million. And no, the Miami Heat forward is not looking to move. Or at least is hoping there is no need. The veteran forward said Wednesday he is just taking stock of the current situation in both his career and the NBA. And that means taking stock of his 9,968-square-foot estate with the $180,000 in annual property taxes. ‘It's a couple of things,' Miller said. ‘Just preparing myself; never know what can happen.'" [Sun Sentinel]
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