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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Steep hike reportedly in line for Super Bowl tickets 09.18.13 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Twins at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Rangers at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Oilers at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Ajax at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

• The upcoming Super Bowl will be as close to Boston as it ever has been — scheduled to be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey — but if you’re planning to go, don’t expect to save any money. And if you win the lottery for one of the lowest-priced tickets, don’t plan on trying to resell them.

Shortly after a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that the league wants to double the prices for the game’s most expensive seats, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league plans to have winners of a 1,000-ticket lottery for the cheapest seats pick up their tickets at the stadium right before entering. Those who win the $500 seats would not be allowed to leave the stadium area, or their tickets would be voided.

“We knocked the price from $650 to $500 and doubled the number of ticket winners,” McCarthy said, via the New York Daily News. “In an effort to ensure these fans actually go to the game and do not resell the tickets, we will for the first time implement a program in which the ticket holders will go to a gate and pick up their tickets as they enter the stadium. They will not be able to pick up the tickets and go into the parking lot.

The top tickets for last season’s Super Bowl in New Orleans went for $1,250. At MetLife, club-level seats in the mezzanine with access to indoor restaurants are slated to sell for $2,600. Seats in the lower bowl will go for $1,500, which is $650 more than comparable seats from last season, pending approval from league owners this week.

• University of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, already under fire after his Cornhuskers blew an 18-point lead and lost to UCLA by 20 points on Saturday, was apologetic after audio surfaced of a conversation he had two years ago in which he went on a profane rant about fans of the team.

Prior to his radio show in October 2011, Pelini criticized “fair-weather” fans who left the stadium in the third quarter with Nebraska losing to Ohio State by 21 points. The Cornhuskers rallied for a 34-27 victory.

The fiery Pelini was contrite Tuesday during the Big Ten coaches conference call.

“I think I’ve built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program and what we’ve done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting,” Pelini said. “People will understand this isn’t how I feel about the fans. I’ve said it over and over.”

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was “disheartened” but did not say if Pelini would be disciplined.

Said Pelini after Tuesday’s practice: “I fully anticipate coaching this weekend. I’m the head football coach until someone says different.”

• The lawyers for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a Pennsylvania appeals court for a new trial in his child sexual abuse case, citing a lack of time to prepare and improper jury instructions.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a state prison sentence of 30-60 years after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The three judges appeared skeptical of the claims, noting that Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said in an interview that he had not found anything in the case documents that would have changed his approach to trial.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 18, 1996, Roger Clemens struck out 20 Tigers in the Red Sox’ 4-0 victory in Detroit. Who caught the game for the Sox and drove in two runs?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer calls out MLB for ‘publicity stunt’ 08.20.13 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: Czech Republic vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Chinese Taipei vs. Panama, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Washington vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Minnesota Lynx at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, AC Milan at Eindhoven, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Houston vs. W Connection, 8 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

• A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez called out Major League Baseball for “a cheap publicity stunt” after he was presented on live television with an agreement to waive confidentiality, despite claiming that he has been asking for precisely that for weeks.

Joe Tacopina was appearing NBC’s “Today” show when host Matt Lauer handed him the form. Tacopina first said he needed time to read through it. Later, he said he could not agree to such a request without first getting approval from the players’ association.

“The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt,” Tacopina said in a statement. “The letter that was addressed to my law office with the words ‘Via Hand Delivery’ on top was in fact never delivered to my office but was instead given to the ‘Today’ show, which in and of itself is yet another violation of the confidentiality clause of the JDA. They know full well that they have to address the letter to the MLBPA and such a waiver would require the MLBAPA to be party of the agreement and signatures. It’s nothing but a theatrical trap hoping I would sign knowing that I couldn’t and in fact would have me breaching the JDA agreement if I did.”

The letter suggests the league has information about Rodriguez’s links to the three men at the center of the biggest sports PED scandals of the last decade.

The letter reads: “We will agree to waive those provisions as they apply to both Rodriguez and the office of commissioner of baseball with respect to Rodriguez’s entire history under the program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the program, and all information and evidence relating to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch, Anthony Galea and Victor Conte.”

Tacopina also claimed Monday that the Yankees knew Rodriguez had a torn hip labrum when he played in the 2012 playoffs, and he presented Lauer with what he said was an MRI of the hip. The Yankees have said they didn’t know the extent of the injury until after the postseason.

Tacopina said he would advise Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension, to not accept a suspension of “one inning.”

• Milwaukee law student Ralph Sasson, a former friend and college classmate of Ryan Braun, is suing the Brewers outfielder, claiming Braun did not initially pay him and then disparaged him after he helped the player fight a failed a drug test.

Sasson said he was hired in November 2011 by Braun’s agent, Onesimo Balelo, to do legal research in an effort to clear Braun after his positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Sasson claims the agent asked him to investigate the sample collector and Braun asked him to prank call two journalists who were working on a story about the test.

Sasson said Balelo would not pay the full amount he was owed — $2,000 for research and $5,000 if Braun was exonerated — after the suspension was overturned in February 2012. Sasson eventually was paid, but he said Braun lied about the end of their friendship.

“Braun has engaged in advancing the proposition that the reason for his falling out with Sasson was because Sasson had been rude to staff at Miller Park; Braun had received word that complaints had been filed due to Sasson’s abhorrent behavior; that Sasson had ‘acted like an ass,’ and that Sasson is crazy,” Sasson claims in the suit, for which he is seeking $10,000 for defamation and emotional distress.

• A lawyer representing Penn State said Monday that he expects 24 more settlements this week between individuals claiming to have been abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The first settlement of the 31 who have reached out to the school was announced over the weekend.

The school has set aside about $60 million to pay claims, with more weight given to claims that happened after 2001, when a graduate assistant coach informed school officials learned of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in a locker room shower.

“It’s what did Penn State know and what duty did they have?” attorney Michael Rozen said. “What did they know, when did they know it, and what duty — if any — did they have to act, and to what extent?”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 20, 1967, in one of the more memorable days during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Angels, winning Game 2 by a 9-8 score after trailing 8-0. Which clutch-hitting Red Sox infielder hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t expect them to do anything. My view is that it was not intentional.” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, asked Monday if he expects Major League Baseball will punish Ryan Demspter for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch a night earlier

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Consecutive losses for the Dodgers following Monday’s 6-2 setback vs. the Marlins, marking the first time in two months Los Angeles has lost two straight

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Running backs Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch star as their fathers in this commercial for Madden 25.

Austin Richmond, a wide receiver at Crater High School in Central Point, Ore., catches passes while doing backflips.

At a dunk contest in Latvia, Suns guard Shannon Brown attempts to jump over three people but slips and falls.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jerry Adair

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Isaac Hayes was born on this day in 1942.

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Penn State sexual abuse documentarian John Ziegler on D&C: ‘I don’t believe that Joe Paterno had any knowledge of the 1998 investigation’ 03.26.13 at 1:21 pm ET
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Documentary writer and director John Ziegler checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss his recent three-plus-hour conversation with Jerry Sandusky at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute.

Ziegler made multiple visits to Sandusky and came to the conclusion that if it was not for a certain New York Jets losing streak from nearly 15 years ago, the Penn State scandal may have never come out.

Said Ziegler: “I’ve concluded, that after my three and a half hours with Jerry Sandusky, that if the New York Jets had not lost their last three games in the 2000 season, there would be no Penn State scandal … If Al Groh doesn’t decide at the last second — he was coaching the Jets at that time — that because they lost the last three games to miss the playoffs, Jerry Sandusky was about to sign on the dotted line to be the head football coach at Virginia in December of 2000. I’m totally convinced that there’s corroborating evidence for that, but Jerry and I talked about this extensively. Apparently during his last interview, the interviewer gets called out of the room, Al Groh calls, that’s his alma mater, Virginia, he’s on the search committee for that job, and tells them, ‘Hey look, I think I’m out of the Jets, I want the job.’ All of a sudden the guy comes back, is cold to Sandusky and Sandusky’s wondering what the heck’s going on. The next day Al Groh gets the job; five weeks later is the [Mike] McQueary episode.”

Ziegler, whose documentary “Framing Paterno” was recently released, also discussed what he thought Paterno really knew and, more importantly, didn’t know regarding the investigations into Sandusky’s actions in the late 1990s.

“People are misunderstanding what the most important conversation in this entire situation was,” Ziegler said, adding: “The key conversation was actually when the athletic director went to Sandusky and said, ‘OK, what was this all about? We have this report that you did something inappropriate with a kid in the shower.’ That’s where the information that I’ve been able to [get] from this interview is critical, because I have the actual statement from the boy in the shower, made ironically on the day [Joe] Paterno was fired, as a 24-year-old married sergeant in the marine corps, proactively coming forward with his mother with him, to say, ‘Look, I’m the boy in the shower, McQueary is lying. Nothing happened.’ ”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno’s family continues push to clear his name 02.12.13 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Kentucky at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Joe Paterno's wife, Sue, continues to insist her late husband was unaware of Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse. (AP)

♦ While the family of Joe Paterno continues its crusade to clear the Penn State legend of any wrongdoing in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, the school is closing in on settlements with most of the victims of the former assistant coach.

Attorney Ken Feinberg, who was hired by the school, told The Associated Press that he delivered settlement offers from 28 alleged victims (18 more than the number brought up in Sandusky’s trial) to school administrators, lawyers and members of the board of trustees during Friday meeting in Philadelphia.

“The next step is Penn State — we’ll see how Penn State responds in the next few weeks,” Feinberg said.

Meanwhile, on Monday a member of the board of trustees called on the board to re-examine the findings of Louis Freeh‘s investigation, saying a new report from a team hired by Paterno’s family raised “serious and troubling” questions about the Freeh report. The school declined comment on the request from board member Alvin Clemens.

Pateron’s wife, Sue, and others, including former Penn State player Greg Buttle appeared on Katie Couric‘s show on Monday and defended Paterno, who died last January.

“Joe Paterno didn’t conspire to do anything,” Buttle said. “The conspiracy to me was perpetrated by a cabal of trustees and others that felt they needed a convenient way out to relieve Penn State of what had happened.”

Kobe Bryant, who last year was fined $100,000 for using a homophobic slur toward an official during a game, apparently has learned his lesson. When one of his 1.3 million Twitter followers tweeted “You’re gay” as an insult to another follower Sunday, Bryant stepped in.

Tweeted the Lakers star:

Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.

Bryant acknowledged that last year’s incident was on his mind after another follower brought it up. Tweeted Bryant:

exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.

♦ Inspired by the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, USA Today has a list of the top 10 athletes who tied to cling to their careers for too long.

No. 1 is Muhammad Ali, followed by Brett Favre. Former Red Sox players Rickey Henderson and Roger Clemens are third and fourth, respectively. They’re followed by Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Patrick Ewing, Gordie Howe and Deion Sanders.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 12, 1981, which Bruin recorded his 200th career goal when he scored twice in a 3-3 tie vs. the Colorado Rockies?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Newtown children to sing at Super Bowl 01.31.13 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UConn at Providence, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Drexel at George Mason, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Penn State at Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arkansas at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon State at California, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Almost two months after 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were gunned down, a group of 26 students from the school will sing “America the Beautiful” as part of Sunday’s Super Bowl pregame show. The performance will be broadcast live on CBS shortly before Alicia Keys sings the national anthem.

The News Times in Connecticut reports that an anonymous donor provided the money for the trip. “It’s an honor,” an unidentified local parent said.

Choir members from the school recorded “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Grammy-nominated singer Ingrid Michaelson earlier this month.

♦ The Lakers had won three straight games before losing to the Suns on Wednesday night, but coach Mike D’Antoni still found himself dealing with controversy. The latest issue surrounded center Pau Gasol, who was upset about being benched in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s victory over the Hornets.

Said Gasol: “I’m a competitor, I’m a guy that thinks I bring a lot to the table, and not being on the floor is something that I don’t like, I don’t appreciate.”

Considering the players talked about a renewed focus on team success over individual issues earlier this week following a recent team meeting, D’Antoni was especially disappointed.

“Well, you know, ‘all for one’ didn’t last [very] long, did it?” D’Antoni said. “Forty-eight hour shelf life. That’s not bad. We’ll take what we can get.”

♦ Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky‘s bid for a new trial was denied Wednesday, as a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers did not have enough time to prepare for his trial last year that resulted in his conviction on child sexual abuse charges.

“I do not think it can be said that either of the defendant’s trial counsel failed to test the prosecution’s case in a meaningful manner,” Judge John Cleland wrote in his 27-page order. “The defendant’s attorneys subjected the commonwealth’s witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument.”

Sandusky is serving 30-60 years in state prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 31, 1971, in a 6-0 rout of the Blues, Bobby Orr scored twice to become the second defenseman in Bruins history with 100 career goals. Who was the first?

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Former Penn State players ready to appeal bans 08.08.12 at 11:42 am ET
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Michael Robinson and other former Penn State athletes told the NCAA they will appeal sanctions handed down in the wake of Jerry Sandusky‘s scandal.

Robinson and the group of former Penn State players competed at points during the 14 years of vacated Penn State football records.

Even though the NCAA said sanctions cannot be appealed, the alumni group is sending their appeal on the grounds the decision was made from the Freeh Report as opposed to an NCAA investigation.

The letter sent to the NCAA calls the Freeh Report’s conclusions “not supported by the evidence” and said it makes the appellants appear as though they contributed to the culture for which Penn State is being penalized.

“The Appellants challenge the factual findings and conclusions of the consent decree and of the underlying investigative report by Sporkin & Sullivan (the “Freeh Report”), which – without notice , investigation or hearing as required – provided the predicate for the actions taken by the NCAA in this matter,” the letter read.

The alumni group appealing includes Anthony Adams, Gerald Cadogan, Shamar Finney, Josh Gaines, Richerd Gardners, Justin KurpeikisAnwar Phillips and former coach Bill Kenny.

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Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel on D&C: NCAA president Mark Emmert ‘Roger Goodell-like’ 07.23.12 at 10:43 am ET
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NCAA president Mark Emmert announces penalties against Penn State during a Monday morning press conference in Indianapolis. (AP)

Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to share his views on the NCAA’s penalties against Penn State. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Wetzel began by highlighting the significant departure NCAA president Mark Emmert’s decision represents from how the NCAA typically comes to decisions.

“The NCAA president is a title that sounds really good but generally has no power,” Wetzel said. “It is not like being Roger Goodell or Bud Selig or David Stern. So most of the way the NCAA operates is through this endless bureaucracy, committee meetings, board of directors, executive management councils, subcommittees, you name it, task forces. They just have meeting after meeting and nothing gets done.”

Wetzel explained that this time around, Emmert went to the board of directors and requested (and received) the power to punish Penn State on his own, “Roger Goodell-like.”

“That is a huge change of course for the NCAA,” Wetzel said, “and probably one that they should have that power, particularly in cases like this, where there is such a huge internal investigation like the Freeh report and we’re talking about crimes like this.”

Wetzel says the fact that Penn State won’t appeal Emmert’s decision suggests that Penn State president Rodney Erickson was consulted in the course of the NCAA’s decision-making process.

“I mean, why would you give that up? If that’s accurate, why would you say that if you don’t know what the penalty is,” Wetzel said. “So I’m guessing that he was consulted through this.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dez Bryant, Marshawn Lynch latest NFL players to be arrested 07.17.12 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested and charged with domestic abuse after a weekend incident. (AP)

♦ Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch are the latest NFL players to be arrested in what has been a busy offseason. There have been at least 25 arrests in the past six months.

Bryant was arrested Monday by police in DeSoto, Texas, after a domestic incident Saturday. According to an ESPN report, Bryant got into an argument with his half-brother and pushed his mother. Police paid a visit then but did not decide to make an arrest until Monday.

Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. Bryant also could be penalized by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Bryant has had a couple of run-ins with law enforcement in the last year, but this is his first arrest. His mother has a checkered past, including an 18-month stint in prison for selling cocaine when Dez was a youngster.

The 23-year-old had 63 receptions for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last season, his second in the league.

Lynch was was arrested in Oakland on Saturday for DUI, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. The Seahawks star, in his hometown to award a scholarship to a recent high school graduate through his charitable foundation, was detained after a traffic stop.

Lynch’s rap sheet includes an incident in 2008 in which he drove into a woman outside a bar and drove off, costing him his license, and a misdemeanor weapons charge for which he was suspended three games in 2009.

Lynch, 26, rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, his second in Seattle after being traded from Buffalo.

♦ The area outside Penn State’s Beaver Stadium where students camp out to get tickets will no longer be known as “Paternoville.” The student group that manages the area announced a name change Monday to “Nittanyville” in an effort to “return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it.”

The move comes days after the release of the Freeh report, which concludes that then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno helped cover up child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 17, 1995, which Red Sox pitcher became just the second Sox player to surrender a home run to the first batter he faced in his major league debut, giving up a longball to Keith Lockhart of the Royals in a 4-3 loss? Hint: This pitcher was still active in the majors earlier this season.

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Red Sox’ Bill James claims Freeh report exonerated Joe Paterno 07.14.12 at 8:44 pm ET
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As the godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James has made a career out of looking at widely available information and coming to new and different conclusions.

In his “Hey Bill” Q&A on Friday, and later on ESPN’s The Doug Gottlieb Show, James discussed his rather different and controversial evaluation of the information laid out in Louis Freeh‘s investigation of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State and former coach Joe Paterno‘s role in it.

Below is the relevant passage, with the emphasis having been offered in the original article on James’ website:

Independent report on Penn State scandal: “The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s.” Asked by: Bruce
Answered: 7/13/2012

The Freeh reports states quite explicitly and at least six times (a) that the 1998 incident did NOT involve any criminal conduct — on the part of Sandusky or anyone else — and (b) that Paterno had forced the resignation of Sandusky before the 1998 incident occurred.

The 1998 incident was perceived AT THE TIME to involve no criminal conduct. The May 3, 1998 incident was very, very, very thoroughly investigated by at least four different agencies (University police, state police, and two different child welfare agencies), all four of which issued written reports stating that no criminal event had occurred. In retrospect, since the actions were part of a pattern of criminal conduct, it may be said that they were criminal conduct in and of themselves, but no one saw that at the time.

In any case, what EXACTLY is it that Paterno should have done? Fire him again? It is preposterous to argue, in my view, that PATERNO should have taken action after all of the people who were legally charged to take action had thoroughly examined the case and decided that no action was appropriate.

In a follow-up post, James — a Red Sox senior adviser — said that satisfying the minimum legal requirements “is totally and absolutely irrelevant to the defense of Joe Paterno.”

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ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on D&C: ‘The evidence is all there in black and white’ against Joe Paterno 07.13.12 at 10:11 am ET
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Jeremy Schaap

ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap , who has covered the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal at Penn State, appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss Thursday’s release of the Freeh Report and its consequences for the legacy of Joe Paterno. To listen to the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schaap said that former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report has all the evidence to prove that Paterno knew about the crimes Sandusky was committing and did nothing to stop it.

“The evidence is all there in black and white,” Schaap said. “It is all in the appendices, these e-mails, and they are damning. And while I wouldn’t say [the investigation] was private because there weren’t a lot of people who really gave it serious thought who believed that Joe Paterno did not know about it in the 1998 investigation, until yesterday we didn’t have any evidence. Now there is evidence that proves that he was lying about the fact that he didn’t know anything about allegations against Sandusky, [Mike] McQueary came to him in 2001, lied to a grand jury, spokespeople lied, his family lied, he lied — this is not an incidental piece of information.”

Now that this evidence has been released, there likely will be more criminal prosecutions against former university president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley. However, what does this report mean for Penn State as a university?

“It’s not as if Penn State is going away,” Schaap said. “This is a terrible blow, obviously, for the university. We can only hope that it does the right thing going forward. Instead of hiring highly aggressive attorneys to defend it against civil claims in terms of some kind of a humane resolution of those claims from the victims. That it doesn’t act as it has acted in the past, which was to do everything it could above all else to protect the institution at the expense of the victims.” Read the rest of this entry »

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