|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno’s family continues push to clear his name||02.12.13 at 7:51 am ET|
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:
♦ 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?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Pennsylvania governor plans to sue NCAA over Penn State sanctions||01.02.13 at 7:44 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBATV; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Kentucky, 6 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Nebraska at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Duke vs. Davidson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: St. John’s at Villanova, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Florida at UCF, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Illinois at Purdue, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas-El Paso at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Francisco at Santa Clara, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Sugar Bowl, Louisville vs. Florida, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sue the NCAA for the penalties it imposed on Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Corbett scheduled a press conference Wednesday at Penn State to announce the antitrust filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa.
The school was fined $60 million (with the money targeted for child-abuse prevention grants) and the football team faces a four-year ban from bowl games along with reduced scholarships and the forfeiture of 112 wins.
Corbett, a Republican, was the state’s Attorney General when his office took over the Sandusky case in 2009, but the former Penn State assistant coach was not charged until almost three years later. Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, has promised to investigate why it took so long to charge Sandusky.
♦ The Celtics aren’t the only NBA team that’s underachieving this season. The Mavericks, one season removed from an NBA championship, are 13-19 and had lost six straight before beating the lowly Wizards on Tuesday. Coach Rick Carlisle is not happy with the attitude of some players, and he’s threatening to start handing out suspensions.
“We’ve got to fight harder than we did tonight,” Carlisle said after Sunday’s 111-86 loss to the Spurs. “It’s not what this organization has been about since Mark [Cuban] bought the team. This is a stretch that’s unprecedented, really. It’s bad. We’ve got to fix it, and it starts with me.”
Added Carlisle: “I [have] to be inventive and find ways [to get through to the players],” he said. “I don’t have a better answer than that. The last week, I’ve had to literally scream in the face of two guys in practices and shootarounds to get the point across. And I will continue to do that.
“If I have to start suspending guys for not doing things they’re supposed to be doing on the court, I’ll do it. And Mark and I will get into it about that. But somehow, things have got to change and it can’t just be about that it’s a tough schedule. It just can’t.”
♦ ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, who suffered first- and second-degree burns in a gas grill accident Dec. 11, returned to the air Tuesday, hosting the Rose Parade from Pasadena, Calif.
“I was just so happy to be there, so grateful,” Storm told The Associated Press. “It took a lot out of me, but it went great.”
Storm lost about half her hair in the accident, along with her eyebrows and eyelashes — all burned off. She has flame marks on her neck and burns and an infection on her left hand.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 2, 1994, which Patriots player recorded his 100th and final career sack when he tackled Dolphins quarterback Scott Mitchell during New England’s 33-27 overtime victory?
|Penn State loses WR Devon Smith to Marshall||08.17.12 at 11:07 am ET|
Another Penn State football player has transferred, as wide receiver Devon Smith will be playing at Marshall.
Smith, who is a senior this year, will be eligible to play the upcoming season due to the penalties against Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
The 5-foot-7, 147 pound receiver, who is best known for colliding with then-coach Joe Paterno at practice last August, caught 25 passes for 402 yards last year.
Marshall now has two former Penn State players on its team, as junior cornerback Derrick Thomas previously transferred to the Thundering Herd.
|Penn State football to add child-abuse awareness ribbons, names to jerseys||08.07.12 at 5:31 pm ET|
Penn State football will be making a few alterations to its uniforms this upcoming season, as the team will add a symbol of child-abuse awareness as well as player names to their jerseys.
To raise awareness and support all victims of child abuse, the team will sport a blue ribbon on its jersey throughout the season.
The team will also be changing its generic look that did not include names on the back of the jersey, adding names to recognize the “resolve and dedication” that the players have shown in response to the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
“We want our fans to know and recognize these young men,” Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien said. “They have stuck together during tough times.”
The changes will take effect at the team’s opener against Ohio University on Sept. 1
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Sponsors waver on Penn State commitment after punishment||07.25.12 at 7:56 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 12:30 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Dodgers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday that no players have indicated that they plan to transfer in the wake of the NCAA penalties announced a day earlier, but all the team’s sponsors are not demonstrating the same loyalty.
The insurance company State Farm is pulling its ads from Penn State broadcasts, and General Motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal.
“We will not directly support Penn State football this year,” State Farm spokesman Dave Phillips said Tuesday. “We just feel it was the best decision.”
Other sponsors, including Pepsi, PNC bank and Highmark (Pennsylvania’s largest health insurer) said they will stay on board.
Meanwhile, the school’s credit rating could take a hit, as Moody’s Investors Service announced that the school’s Aa1 rating is in jeopardy due to potential for a decline in enrollment and fundraising.
♦ Since Tim Tebow‘s arrival in New York, there has been speculation that he could be used on the Jets’ special teams in some capacity. Special teams coach Mike Westhoff discussed that possibility with the New York media.
“There are certain situations [on kickoffs] where he might be on the field that he could be utilized possibly to block or possibly to field a ball,” Westhoff told the New York Daily News. “If a team squibs it at you or pops it at you, he might be the perfect guy to put in that could make an adjustment. If they kick it deep, he could block. If they squib it or pop it, he could be a guy that we’d have with a ball in his hands. … Jerricho Cotchery did a nice job for us in that role. Brad Smith, before he became the [primary return] guy, did some of that for us. So, it’s just a situational thing.”
Added Westhoff: “His role with me won’t be a paramount role. I’m not counting on Tebow coming in and being a hard-core special teams player. That’s not what we want. We have a limited role for him, but it will be one that presents problems. That’s what Tebow is all about. He presents problems to good football teams in a lot of aspects. You have to be aware of it. If you’re not aware of it, it could jump up and smack you. … His role with me will be limited, but I think it’s a very important one. He can help us in a lot of ways.”
♦ U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo is coming out with a book in which she talks about her troubled childhood. “Solo: A Memoir of Hope” is set for an Aug. 14 release.
According to excerpts from the book that were released this week, Solo said her father had multiple families who lived in homes paid for by money he embezzled from his work. The goalie said she was conceived during a conjugal visit while her father was serving time in a Washington prison.
“It was hard. I came to grips with a lot of difficulties that I’ve overcome,” Solo told NBC. “Each challenge kind of makes you who you are. It wasn’t always a good thing. I have my own struggles in my life because of the things I was forced to overcome. So it was hard, it was a reality check, for sure. But I am really happy I’ve done it.
“I just want people to not judge with their eyes, but judge with their hearts, and I think that’s what this book is all about.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 25, 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his speech Williams lobbied for the induction of which two players?
|Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel on D&C: NCAA president Mark Emmert ‘Roger Goodell-like’||07.23.12 at 10:43 am ET|
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.”
|Continuing developments from State College, Pa.||11.17.11 at 1:45 pm ET|
On Wednesday, a claim from Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary surfaced saying he went to police in 2002 about an incident in which he claims he caught former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in a campus shower. On Thursday, central Pennsylvania police came forward saying they have no records of McQueary reporting any sexual assault on the part of Sandusky.
State College borough police chief Tom King said McQueary never made a report to his department. Penn State campus police spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz also said campus police have no record of a 2002 report by McQueary.
In a grand jury report, McQueary testified that he told his father and coach Joe Paterno what he saw in the showers. The grand jury report does not mention McQueary going to police.
- On Wednesday, Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi said in a statement that he is representing one of Sandusky’s alleged victims and the victim will testify that he was molested by Sandusky.
Andreozzi’s claim came after Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, said several of the alleged victims will come forward and say they have not been molested.
“I am appalled by the fact that Mr. Sandusky has elected to re-victimize these young men at a time when they should be healing,” Andreozzi said in the statement. “He fully intends to testify that he was severely sexually assaulted by Mr. Sandusky.”
- The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts also announced Wednesday that it will assign a new judge to the case. Westmoreland County Senior District Judge Robert E. Scott will replace Centre Country District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who was a donor and volunteer with Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, from which Sandusky allegedly found his victims.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 7.
- Penn State named an acting athletic director to replace Tim Curley, who is on leave from the position due to perjury charges related to the Sandusky scandal. Board of Trustees member David Joyner, a business consultant and orthopedic surgeon who played football and wrestled at Penn State, will take over for Curley.
Joyner has been a trustee on the board since 2000, but will not serve while acting as athletic director. Mark Sherburne, who served as interim athletic director in Curley’s absence, will return to his post as associate athletic director.
|National reaction to Penn State scandal||11.08.11 at 9:49 am ET|
The sexual abuse scandal surrounding former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that broke this past weekend has rocked the college sports world and created a media firestorm that is not likely to go out anytime soon. With multiple Penn State officials already stepping down, all eyes are on legendary coach Joe Paterno, who is scheduled to hold a news conference later on Tuesday.
As more fallout from the scandal occurs, here is the latest news and reaction from around the country to Sandusky and Penn State.
The scandal has obviously disrupted the normally peaceful PSU campus, and the Altoona Mirror took a look at how students at the university are dealing with the negative attention. Students seemed angry at Penn State officials for the cover up, while troubled by the hit the university’s image is taking because of the scandal.
While current Penn State players would not comment on the allegations, a source confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that the team was planning on holding a players-only meeting on Monday. Junior quarterback Matt McGloin also made a statement via Twitter on Monday afternoon in which he said that he could not comment on the allegations, but that the team would continue to fight towards its goal of a Big 10 championship.
NCAA President Mark Emmert issued a statement on the scandal on Monday. Emmert said that he would not comment on the details of the allegations due to the ongoing investigation, but that he has read the grand jury report and finds it “appalling.”
Paterno has yet to face any legal consequences due to the scandal, but a Penn State donor is saying that school officials are taking “a fall” for the revered coach. Lewis Katz, who has donated $15 million to Penn State and is also a former owner of the New Jersey Nets, thinks that former athletic director Timothy Curley and VP of finance and business Gary Schultz are taking most of the blame to lift the burden off of the football program, including Paterno. Curley retired, while Schultz requested administrative leave to defend himself in the investigation.
“Curley and Schultz in some ways are taking a fall for the guys on the field,” Katz said in a telephone interview. “How can you be with somebody all those years, and see kids coming to games and road trips, and not feel a little uncomfortable?”
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