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The Penn State football team gathers on the field before the September 2010 game against Temple at Beaver Stadium in State College. The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Facing uncertain future



TATE COLLEGE -- Penn State football will continue on. Rather than deliver the death penalty to the Nittany Lions, the NCAA instead placed the program into a coma on Monday, one that will likely take years to recover from. • Penn State football will continue on. But barely. • Dismayed with what it called “an unprecedented failure of institutional integrity” at the university in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the NCAA granted President Mark Emmert unique authority to impose severe sanctions on Penn State, forgoing the usual enforcement process. Citing the university-commissioned Freeh with the NCAA’s executive board -- composed report, which concluded that top university of university presidents from across the nation officials were predominately to blame for not -- before issuing five separate penalties against the Lions. bringing allegations of child sexual abuse • A fine of $60 million, which will to light, Emmert unleashed some of the be paid out in five annual installharshest penalties in NCAA history. ments of $12 million, according to “These events were perverse and Penn State President Rodney Erickunconscionable,” Emmert said. “No son. The money is forbidden from penalties can repair the damage coming at the expense of any done by Jerry Sandusky. other program at the univerBut the culture that led to sity -- athletic or academic. the actions and inactions Gov. Tom Corbett said that allowed (children) in a statement that no taxto be victimized will not be tolerated in college athletics.” See PSU, Page 2A Emmert consulted


Message to victims Local advocates praise strong action taken by NCAA. By SHEENA DELAZIO


hile the sanctions imposed on Penn State on Monday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association may not affect the victims of Jerry Sandusky, future victims of sexual abuse can rest assured steps have been taken to protect them, several local advocates said Monday. “(The sanctions) were a good message to the victims,” Janet MacKay, executive director of the county’s Victims Resource Center, said. “It shows them someone did hear what they said. (The NCAA) took seriously that they were impacted. It gave a clear message that we need to protect children.” MacKay cited the $60 million fine, to be paid over a five-year period into an endowment for programs preventing child sexual abuse and/or assisting victims of child sexual abuse, as See VICTIMS, Page 2A





A failure of leadership

Pride still strong Sanctions shock students Still game to go?

Q&A on loss of wins In their own words A peachy proposition

Players ignore ‘noise’ One player’s commitment Opinion: From pride to shame

Paternos blast NCAA Joyner looks to future


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Family blasts NCAA

Joyner: PSU focus is now on future The Associated Press

Relatives of the late coach Paterno say the NCAA’s sanctions defame his legacy. The Associated Press

The statement issued by the family of Joe Paterno in response to the sanctions announced by the NCAA: Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it. The horrific acts committed by Jerry Sandusky shock the conscience of every decent human being. How Sandusky was able to get away with his crimes for so long has yet to be fully understood, despite the claims and assertions of the Freeh report. The release of the Freeh report has triggered an avalanche of vitriol, condemnation and posthumous punishment on Joe Paterno. The NCAA has now become the latest party to accept the report as the final word on the Sandusky scandal. The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best. That the President, the Athletic Director and the Board of Trustees accepted this unprecedented action by the NCAA without requiring a full due process hearing before the Committee on Infractions is an abdication of their responsibilities and a breach of their fiduciary duties to the University and the 500,000 alumni. Punishing past, present and future students of the University because of Sandusky’s crimes does not serve justice. This is not a fair or thoughtful action; it is a panicked response to the public’s understandable revulsion at what Sandusky did. The point of due process is to protect against this sort of reflexive action. Joe Paterno was never interviewed by the University or the Freeh Group. His counsel has not been able to interview key witnesses as they are represented by counsel related to ongoing litigation. We have had no access to the records reviewed by the Freeh group. The NCAA never contacted our family or our legal counsel. And the fact that several parties have pending trials that could produce evidence and testimony relevant to this matter has been totally discounted. Unfortunately all of these facts have been ignored by the NCAA, the Freeh Group and the University.


NCAA President Mark Emmert announces penalties against Penn State on Monday during a news conference in Indianapolis.

Leadership failed

NCAA: ‘Football first’ culture enabled abuse The Associated Press

Excerpt of NCAA statement on sanctions of Penn State football: By perpetuating a “football first” culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur, The Pennsylvania State University leadership failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA constitution and rules. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors and NCAA Executive Committee directed Association President Mark Emmert to examine the circumstances and determine appropriate action in consultation with these presidential bodies. “As we evaluated the situation, the victims affected by Jerry Sandusky and the efforts by many to conceal his crimes informed our actions,” said Emmert. “At our core, we are educators. Penn State leadership lost sight of that.” According to the NCAA conclusions and sanctions, the Freeh Report “presents an unprecedented failure of institutional integrity leading to a culture in which a football program was held in higher esteem than the values of the institution, the values of the NCAA, the values of higher education, and most disturbingly the values of human decency.” The NCAA recognizes that student-athletes are not responsible for these events and worked to minimize the impact of its sanctions on current and incoming football student-athletes. Any entering or returning student-athlete will be allowed to immediately transfer and compete at another school. Further, any football student-athletes who remain at the university may re-

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payer dollars will be involved in paying the fine, which will go toward programs for preventing child sexual abuse and assisting victims. • From a football standpoint, the most serious punishment is a massive reduction in scholarships, the lifeblood of any program. Beginning with the 2014 season, Penn State will be able field only 65 scholarship players -- down from the NCAA cap of 85 -for four years. Starting with the upcoming recruiting class of 2013, Penn State will also only be allowed to sign 15 scholarship players in each of the next four years, reduced from the usual limit of 25. • Similarly damaging is a four-year postseason ban that will prevent the Lions from playing in a bowl game or the Big Ten championship until the 2016 season. • Those two will affect the program’s future. The NCAA also struck at Penn State’s past, vacating all wins from 1998-2011, 112 in total -- 111 by Joe Paterno and one by interim coach Tom Bradley. The decision removes the late Paterno from the NCAA record books as major college football’s all-time winningest coach, dropping him from 409 career victories to 298. The 1998 date was cited in the Freeh report as the first year Penn State officials were made aware of allegations against Sandusky, who was convicted last month of 45 counts of child abuse. • The program and the university will be on NCAA probation for five


Penn State President Rodney Erickson addresses members of the Penn State Board of Trustees in January during its regularly scheduled meeting in State College. Erickson signed off on the sanctions that were imposed Monday by the NCAA.

years, and the school will be assigned an independent athletics “integrity monitor” for that span to help ensure future compliance. All of these penalties were agreed to by Erickson, who was the lone Penn State representative to sign off on a consent decree drafted by Emmert and the NCAA. Erickson will not be at the university during much

tain their scholarships, regardless of whether they compete on the team. … “There has been much speculation on whether or not the NCAA has the authority to impose any type of penalty related to Penn State,” said Ed Ray, Executive Committee chair and Oregon State president. “This egregious behavior not only goes against our rules and constitution, but also against our values.” Because Penn State accepted the Freeh Report factual findings, which the university itself commissioned, the NCAA determined traditional investigative proceedings would be redundant and unnecessary. “We cannot look to NCAA history to determine how to handle circumstances so disturbing, shocking and disappointing,” said Emmert. “As the individuals charged with governing college sports, we have a responsibility to act. These events should serve as a call to every single school and athletics department to take an honest look at its campus environment and eradicate the ‘sports are king’ mindset that can so dramatically cloud the judgment of educators.” Penn State fully cooperated with the NCAA on this examination of the issues and took decisive action in removing individuals in leadership who were culpable. “The actions already taken by the new Penn State Board of Trustees chair Karen Peetz and Penn State President Rodney Erickson have demonstrated a strong desire and determination to take the steps necessary for Penn State to right these severe wrongs,” said Emmert.

of the affected years, having announced he will step down from his position in 2014. Signing the consent decree means that Penn State will not appeal any of the sanctions handed down Monday. “It is important to know we are entering a new chapter at Penn State and making necessary changes,” Erickson said in a statement. “We must create a culture in which people are not afraid to speak up, management is not compartmentalized, all are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical standards, and the operating philosophy is open, collegial, and collaborative.” Later in the day, Erickson told the Centre Daily Times that he and school leaders had their “backs to the wall on this. We did what we thought was necessary to save the program.” Erickson said the alternative would have been the “death penalty” -- shutting down football for a year or more -- on top of other sanctions. In addition to the NCAA punishment, the Big Ten also announced Monday that Penn State will be ineligible to receive its share of the conference’s revenues from bowl games for four years. The league estimated that total to be $13 million, which will be be donated to child abuse programs in Big Ten communities. Tasked with holding everything together is Bill O’Brien, who has yet to coach a game for the Lions. O’Brien, who was hired in January to take over for the deposed Paterno, affirmed his commitment to the program despite the crippling sanctions. “I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the university forward to become a na-

tional leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence,” O’Brien said in a statement. “I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes. “I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university.” Released in January, O’Brien’s contract contained no sort of “escape clause” -- language that would allow him to leave his post in the event of circumstances such as NCAA sanctions. As written, the contract would require O’Brien to essentially buy out the remaining four-and-a-half years left on it, which would cost him more than $4 million. O’Brien and players did not speak publicly on Monday and declined comment. O’Brien is scheduled to address the situation on Thursday in Chicago at Big Ten media days. Emmert said he hopes the swift and historic message sent to Penn State causes universities across the country to evaluate the role of athletics at the collegiate level. “The gut-check message is do we have the right balance in our culture?" Emmert said. "Or are we in a position where hero worship and winning at all costs has subordinated our core values? “We have to make sure we have the balance right.”

Statement by Penn State acting AD David Joyner: The Freeh Report concluded that individuals at Penn State University entrusted to positions of authority shunned their basic responsibility to protect children, and innocent children suffered as a result. Our hearts go out to the victims of this abuse and their families. Today Penn State takes another step forward in changing the culture at the institution as we accept the penalties of the NCAA for the failure of leadership that occurred on our campus. We are deeply disappointed that some of our leaders could have turned a Joyner blind eye to such abuse, and agree that the culture at Penn State must change. As we move forward, today’s student athletes have a challenging road ahead. But they will do the right thing, as they have always done. I am confident all of our head coaches will come together to make the change necessary to drive our university forward. Penn State will continue to fully support its established athletic programs, which provide opportunities for over 800 student athletes. Working together, the path ahead will not be easy. But it is necessary, just, and will bring a better future. Our faculty, staff, students, athletes, and parents will work together as Penn State begins this new chapter. Though this cooperation and collaboration, Penn State will become a national model for compliance, ethics, and embodiment of the student athlete credo.

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well as the adoption of recommendations from the Freeh Report, which include security measures, compliance with the Clery Act and abuse-awareness training. MacKay, who said she read the entire Freeh report, penned by former judge and FBI director Louis Freeh on behalf of Penn State, added that she hopes other universities will examine their policies and procedures. “Policies and procedures have been kind of ignored (in regard to sexual abuse),” MacKay said. “As advocates, we weren’t being heard until the realities were shown, unfortunately in a very dramatic way.” MacKay said that because of the NCAA sanctions, Sandusky’s conviction and general media coverage of the topic, hopefully more victims of sexual abuse will feel comfortable to come forward with their stories. Luzerne County Detective Lt. Gary Sworen, who works with the county’s Child Advocacy Center that deals with children who are victims of sexual abuse, agreed with MacKay. “We need to be open (about child sexual abuse). These things do happen,” Sworen said. “We have to try to protect our young people.” Sworen said he too believes the sanctions will help future victims of sexual assault. But as for the victims of Sandusky, Sworen said it’s hard to say whether they’ll get the closure they want. “The sanctions…are a starting point towards recovery and closure,” he said. “Education is important. (Sexual abuse) has to be addressed.” Psychiatrist Richard Fischbein of Kingston, who treats sexual offenders and victims, said it’s hard to tell how the NCAA’s actions will affect Sandusky’s victims, as victims tend to find it more helpful when the offender is prosecuted. “How it helps individual (victims) varies,” Fischbein said. “Some have developed a lot of anger that the school didn’t help them, while others may feel they wouldn’t have been a victim if the actions were properly reported.” He said he believed the NCAA was sending a message that no football program or sports program can become so important that the school or powers that be lose human decency.

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012



NCAA, Big Ten inflict massive penalties on PSU


ABOVE: Penn State running back Silas Redd, left, with a Walter Camp Football Foundation backpack, leaves the Lasch football building after a team meeting explaining the ramifications of the NCAA sanctions against the football program in State College. BELOW: Starting quarterback Matt McGloin wears items touting his family’s business while leaving the Lasch building Monday.



TATE COLLEGE -- Not long after Bill O’Brien took over as coach at Penn State, a few new signs appeared at the team’s Lasch Building headquar-

ters. One, posted on a door in the back, gives five bullet point reminders for players “WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE,” outlining expectations in the community and the classroom. The fifth and final directive instructs players to “Ignore the Noise.” Dozens of Nittany Lions, upon exiting that same door on Monday morning following a team meeting, did just that, silently walking past a large crowd of media seeking comment in the aftermath of the NCAA’s severe sanctions against the football program and university.

Lewis’ commitment to PSU remains strong … for now By DEREK LEVARSE

STATE COLLEGE – Before ever playing a down at Penn State, Eugene Lewis learned that he may never get to play in a bowl game for the Nittany Lions. Heavy sanctions levied by the Lewis NCAA against the football program on Monday have clouded the future for the Wyoming Valley Conference standout. On one hand, Lewis’ father said his son will remain at Penn State. “Oh yeah, that’s no question,” Eugene Lewis Sr. said Monday evening. “He’s that type of person, when he’s committed to you, he’s committed to you.” Lewis’ former football coach at Wyoming Valley West said, however, that Lewis was unsure if he would transfer to another school when he last heard from him in the late afternoon and early

Most did not acknowledge questions asked of them. The few that stopped only said that they had no comment. Further attempts to contact players over the phone, at their apartments and on campus See NCAA, Page 4B

evening Monday. “Well, we were texting, so I wasn’t able to tell any emotion with him, but I’m sure he’s pretty devastated,” Pat Keating said. “He told me he’d take a day or two to make his decision.” Adding to the confusion was the fact that Lewis, along with Penn State players and coaches, were not available for comment Monday. The football team also traditionally does not allow first-year players to speak to the media. Lewis, who starred as a quarterback and wide receiver at Valley West, arrived in State College earlier this month and would have a chance to see the field as a true freshman at wideout. If he plays immediately in 2012 and does not use a redshirt season, however, he will not have the opportunity to play in a bowl game during his Penn State career. Among Penn See LEWIS, Page 4B

The late coach really dug the Lions a grave They paralyzed Penn State’s football program. They pillaged its once-storied past. And they fouled up any future new coach Bill O’Brien hoped to build in his early years as the team’s new leader. Not NCAA president Mark Emmert and his band of college sports regulators. Joe Paterno and his Penn State cronies did all this. If you’re looking for someone to blame for all the harsh penalties handed down by Emmert on Monday, point the finger at Penn State’s late head coach. He’s the one who turned Penn

PAUL SOKOLOSKI OPINION State pride into a symbol of shame, remaining quiet while his former defensive coordinator and recently-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky preyed on young boys for more than a decade. And Paterno’s the one who became so swelled with power, people feared challenging his football program to the point where they covered up a crime. “There is no action we can take that will remove their pain,” Emmert said in a televised press conference. So instead, the NCAA crippled

the program Paterno built a day after his disgraced statue was rightfully removed from outside Beaver Stadium. He’s no longer the all-time winningest coach in major college football history, down to a record of 298-136-3 after losing 111 career victories the NCAA forced Penn State to vacate over the past 15 seasons, starting from 1998. “The 1998 date was selected because that’s when the first (child abuse) incident was reported,” Emmert said. “The university’s failures began at that point.” Now future generations of Nittany Lions will suffer for the sins of the all-powerful Paterno, who was See GRAVE, Page 4B



Penn State football was all but leveled Monay by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of former coach Joe Paterno’s victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties.

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Season ends early for Back Mountain

Nanticoke defeats West Side for title

Section 5 champ is eliminated the losers bracket, the more arms by Dillsburg squad on second you have to throw.” Dillsburg used six pitchers on day of state tournament. Sunday, but just one Monday – By JOHN ERZAR

STROUDSBURG – As Back Mountain American exited the Stroudsburg Little League on Monday – eliminated from the Little League Major Baseball state tournament – manager Steve Mathers accentuated accomplishments. And there were plenty even after Dillsburg’s offense erupted and bumped off American 14-6 in the elimination bracket. Still, the end wasn’t easy. “It’s tough,” Mathers said. “For the last four summers I was fortunate enough to manage this team into late July, August. Four district titles, two section titles, two trips to states last year and this year. Not many kids can say they won a district title, let alone four. They are a great bunch of kids, a great bunch of ballplayers.” And a bunch that had the misfortune of Dillsburg, out of York County, finding its hitting groove after struggling in its state opener Sunday. Dillsburg had just two hits in a 14-0 loss to Warrick Township. The Section 7 champ had two hits after three batters on Monday. It finished with 16, including five in a five-run fifth inning to open a 14-4 lead. “Well, they certainly didn’t get here because they couldn’t hit the ball,” Mathers said. “Obviously, that’s kudos to Warrick’s pitchers. I’ve said it in the past, these tournaments are grueling on pitching. The further you go in

Trent Culver. The lefty mixed four different off-speed pitches with a fastball to keep American from bunching its hits together. A delay of about 45 minutes due to lightning didn’t derail him. American led once, 3-2, after two innings. J.D. Barrett had a solo homer in the first after Dillsburg struck twice in the top of the frame. Two more runs came across in the second, one on Carl Markowski’s RBI single and the other when David Schuster’s single was misplayed in the outfield. Christian Roberts added a solo homer in the fourth for American. Chris Hadsall had an RBI double and Barrett knocked in another with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Those runs, though, barely put a dent in the deficit as Dillsburg scored four times in the third and three times in the fourth before its big fifth inning.

Little League Major Baseball State Tournament Dillsburg 14, Back Mtn. American 6 Dillsburg Back Mtn. American ab r h bi ab r h bi Culver p 4 1 2 2 Mathers p 3 1 1 0 McKeever cf 5 3 2 0 Hadsall ss 3 0 1 1 McLaughlin c 4 3 4 2 Barrett c 2 1 1 2 Peifer ss 3 2 1 1 Roberts cf 3 1 1 1 Sacoman rf 4 1 1 2 Holdrdge 1b 2 1 1 0 Shumaker 2b 2 1 0 1 Schuster 2b 3 1 1 0 Brownawell lf 2 1 0 0 Markwski lf 2 0 2 1 Ishler lf 2 0 1 1 Kaleta lf 1 0 0 0 Stuckey 1b 2 0 2 1 Pertl 3b 1 0 0 0 Lilja rf 2 1 1 0 Robbins rf 2 1 0 0 Cotton 3b 4 1 2 1 Kovalick rf 1 0 0 0 Lydon 3b 0 0 0 0 Totals 34141611 Totals 23 6 8 5 Dillsburg ................................... 204 350 — 14 Back Mtn. American................ 120 120 — 6 E – DIL 2, BMA 3. DP – BMA 1. LOB – DIL 8, BMA 3. 2B – McLaughlin, Hadsall, Markowski. HR – Barrett, Roberts. SF – Culver, Barrett. SB – Shumaker. IP H R ER BB SO Dillsburg Culver (W)................. 6.0 8 6 4 1 6 Back Mtn. Amer. Mathers (L)................ 3.0 9 7 3 2 1 Hadsall ...................... 1.0 5 6 4 1 0 Robbins ..................... 2.0 2 1 1 3 1 Mathers pitched to one batter in the 4th. Hadsall pitched to four batters in the 5th. HBP –Lydon (by Culver)


Back Mountain American’s Josh Lydon looks on from the dugout during the fifth inning against Dillsburg on Monday afternoon in Stroudsburg.

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State’s numerous penalties is a four-year postseason ban that runs from 2012 to 2015. Scholarship reductions that will run through the length of his college stay may also affect the level of talent around him, especially in his later seasons with the Lions. Lewis Sr. said that the sanctions weren’t a surprise to him or his son. “We were not shocked. We were OK,” Lewis Sr. said of learning of the NCAA’s decisions. “We already knew it wasn’t going to be easy. And it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. “We were not shocked. Both of us are still excited about Penn State.” The NCAA also announced Monday that Penn State players would be free to transfer to another school and play right away rather than sitting out for a season because of the sanctions. That is an option that Lewis was considering on Monday, according to Keating. The coach said he had been contacted by roughly 12-15 other college programs from across the country Monday interested in recruiting Lewis to come to their programs. Because of the sanctions against Penn State, the NCAA has ruled that other schools are permitted to recruit players already on scholarship, provided they first give notice to Penn State. Despite the turmoil that struck the Lions in November,

Lewis had said in the past that he never seriously considered wavering from his verbal commitment to Penn State. He signed his letter of intent to play there without incident in February. Lewis Sr. said his son’s commitment has not changed. “He loves it. He loves Penn State,” Lewis Sr. said. “He just loves the university. He loves Happy Valley and he’s just enjoying himself. “Don’t get me wrong – he’s probably discouraged a little bit. But when it comes down to it, he looks at the big picture, not just the right now.” “But at the same time,” Keating said, “I feel for the fact that he probably wouldn’t get to play in a bowl game. That’s a big reason to go to play in college. “It’s just an unfortunate incident, and the kids are stuck in the middle of it.”

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found by the Freeh Report to be involved in an institutionwide cover-up of Sandusky’s crimes. The four-year bowl ban Emmert handed down means incoming recruits from the 2012 class will have no opportunity to play in a postseason game unless they take a red-shirt season. He said he wants the school worrying about balancing its priorities, “Not whether or not Penn State is going

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The Bob Horlacher state champions. Kneeling, from left: Hope Jones, Jena Simmons. Standing, first row: Delaney Romanchick, Kaci Coole, Faith Jones, Erin Dunn, Megan Straley, Kassidy Shirtz, Mackayla Quick, Sarah Kuderka. Second row: Coaches Doug Jones, Pete Romanchick, John Kuderka, Jim Dunn.

Horlacher wins state title Team comes home to play in the East Regional tourney this weekend in Old Forge.

Atlantic Region play, which begins Saturday in Old Forge. Horlacher’s first game will be against the New York representative Sunday at 3 p.m. Horlacher entered the bottom of the fifth inning trailing West Point 1-0. But Megan Straley lead off with a hit and Casey Coole followed with a walk. Quick then drove a ball to center field for a two-run double. It was all the runs Jones would need. She struck out 11 in six innings.

Straley finished the day 2 for 2, while Jones, Sara Kadurka, Quick and Faith Jones all had one hit. Bob Horlacher finished the state tournament with five wins, averaging 6.6 runs per game and allowing 2.0 per game. The team scored six or more runs in each of its first four state tournament games. Milton scored five runs against Horlacher in the semifinal, while Horlacher’s remaining opponents scored five runs total in four games.

were met with similar silence. An ESPN report said that “players were instructed within that meeting not to speak with members of the media.” A small handful of players took to the internet to address the punishments, which include a four-year postseason ban and a drastic reduction in scholarships. Most vocal was tight end Garry Gilliam, a projected starter for 2012, who wrote on his Twitter account that he would not be leaving Penn State. The NCAA has ruled that Penn State players will be able to transfer to other schools without penalty and can play immediately. Likewise, the Big Ten is waiving a restriction that prevented players from transferring within the conference and still receiving a scholarship. In a statement, the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club took issue with the NCAA President Mark Emmert’s assertion that a football-first culture at the school created an imbalance between athletics and academics, calling it “baseless and intellectually dishonest.” “It is with great pride that the members of our club know that we have done it the ‘right way’ for several decades,” the group said, “and we will not allow Dr. Emmert’s careless remarks to tarnish the legacy of Penn State football.” On campus and in downtown State College, students, alumni and local businesses reacted with frustration and anger -some of it directed at the NCAA and some of it directed at Penn State’s leadership. Terry and Teresa Kerestes, dressed in Penn State gear and visiting Terry’s alma mater while on vacation, stopped briefly by the big-screen TV at the HUB student union to watch coverage of the situation.

“I just feel it was it was a miss (by the NCAA),” Teresa Kerestes said. “It takes the focus off of the victims” of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse of children. “I don’t see how this is going to help those children.” Terry Kerestes, who received his masters degree from Penn State, said the fate of the football program does not diminish his view of the school. “Nah, this is all just garbage,” Terry said with a wave of his hand toward the giant TV. “It doesn’t change how I feel about Penn State.” Students watching events unfold at the HUB had mixed feelings about the sanctions, acknowledging the need for them but questioning the severity. “I think it’s a very steep penalty and maybe not fair to punish the current players. Something had to be done, but these guys were like 4 years old when those things happened,” said Anthony Pesavento, a freshman from the Harrisburg area who described himself as a lifetime fan. “(Football) was definitely one of the reasons why I came here, but I came here for the education first and foremost.” Employees and managers of stores in State College did not wish to speak on the record, concerned how their opinions could affect their businesses. Generally, they were concerned how sanctions -- which will seriously damage the football team’s on-field success -- will affect interest in the team and trickle down to the local economy. Two such people also expressed their exhaustion of media coverage of the Sandusky scandal and its fallout since November and thought the NCAA was being hypocritical in its punishment of Penn State, choosing to make an example of the school to make a point. A group called Penn Staters

for Responsible Stewardship -which formed in the wake of indictments of Jerry Sandusky, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz in November -- issued strong criticism of the university’s Board of Trustees on Monday. In a statement, the group said it was most upset at use of the Freeh Report -- an independent investigation commissioned by Penn State that concluded that university leadership covered up reports of sexual abuse of children -- as definitive evidence against the school and the football program. "To rely upon such a report to issue punishment is beyond reckless, and should not be supported in any way by the leadership of Penn State," the group said. "By agreeing to these sanctions, every single member of the Penn State Board of Trustees has blatantly failed in their fiduciary responsibilities to the university. With each passing hour, we are gaining additional alumni support in our demand to have them resign immediately." One trustee, the newly elected Anthony Lubrano, however, said that the board was not consulted before the university agreed to the NCAA’s sanctions. “My view is that we rolled over and played dead,” Lubrano told USA Today. The consent decree that finalized the sanctions was signed only by Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Emmert. Another recent addition to the board, former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, was upset that the NCAA vacated Penn State’s wins from the past 14 seasons. Taliaferro played during that span, suffering a life-threatening spinal cord injury in a game in 2000. “NCAA says games didn’t exist,” Taliaferro posted on his Twitter account. “I got the metal plate in my neck to prove it. I almost died playing for PSU. Punishment or healing?”

to a bowl game.” Why would talented freshmen such as former Wyoming Valley West star receiver Eugene Lewis and Nyeem Wartman, a heavy-hitting linebacker from Valley View, stay at a place that’ll be reduced to relative obscurity for most of their careers? Why would starting quarterback Matt McGloin out of West Scranton spend his final college season driving the Nittany Lions down a road that’ll lead to a dead end? They couldn’t answer that immediately, muzzled by an edict from the coaching staff preventing current team mem-

bers from speaking about the sanctions. But they’re free to leave now, along with any other Penn State player feeling trapped by the penalties. The NCAA opened the cage and let all the Nittany Lions loose, allowing current team members the rare opportunity to transfer to another university and play immediately. It won’t be easy to find replacements. Penn State’s quota will be reduced from 85 scholarships to just 65 over the next four years, and the number of new scholarships to be awarded has been reduced by 10

each year. That means the Lions will lose 40 tremendously talented players. That’ll deplete the quality of the depth chart for at least eight years, because those missing scholarship spots will have to be filled by walk-ons. Nobody would blame O’Brien for walking out, although the new coach said he’s at Penn State for the long haul. But he didn’t sign up for $60 million Penn State must pay – equal to one year’s worth of revenue generated by the football program, according to Emmert -- or the five-year probationary

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GREENSBURG -- Hope Jones had a dominating performance on the mound and Mackayla Quick drove in two runs as Bob Horlacher defeated West Point 2-1 Monday to claim the state softball 9-10 championship. Horlacher advances to Mid-

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WILKES-BARRE – Nanticoke used a three-hit effort by Colby Butczynski to defeat West Side 5-1 for the Wilkes-Barre 9-10 Rec Championship on Monday. Dylan Sczychowski, Austin Norton, Jacob Kruginski and Jaden Held each produced a hit for Nanticoke. Butczynski picked up the win on the mound. Mike O’Kane, Jim White, Dave Menzel and Jim Harding each had a hit for West Side.


Hanover 6, Plymouth/Swoyersville 4

Noah Jackson tallied three hits, including two doubles, to lead Hanover to a win. Mike Piscotti and Brett Stevens each had a hit. Matt Clarke picked up the win by pitching 51⁄3 innings, yielding two hits and striking out seven. Clarke also contributed a pair of doubles.

JENKINS TWP. 10-AND-UNDER SOFTBALL Jenkins Twp. 9, Mountain Top 6

Jaden Weiss, Alexis Armstrong and Tori Harper had hits for Mountain Top.


Nanticoke 11, Back Mountain Light Blue 3

Nick Matson threw three shutout innings to earn the win, while Joey Day had two hits and three RBI. Justin Spencer, Owen Brown and Ethan Egemski had two hits apiece for the winners. Drew Dickson, Logan Taczewski and Cooper Lewis had hits for Back Mountain. Back Mountain-C 12, Hanover 2

Will Youngman was 2for-2 and Austin Finarelli was 2-for-3 to pace Back Mountain-C. Brayden Saracino added a hit while A.J. Bednar picked up the win on the mound. Brendan Boehm tripled for Hanover.


Bob Horlacher 10, Exeter 4

Cole Coolbaugh pitched 42⁄3 strong innings and was 2-for-3 at the plate to pace Bob Horlacher. David Evans, Mike Milbrot and Mike Prebola also paced Horlacher’s offense. Zack Strazdus came on in relief to pick up the win. Caleb Graham was 3for-3 for Exeter. Gavin Lahart also had a hit. period the NCAA put on Penn State. The intent of all this, Emmert said, is to get the culture of “Hero worship and winning at all costs” out of college athletics. That objective didn’t bring Penn State the feared football ban of at least one year known as the “Death penalty.” But it turns out the late Paterno really left his old program half-dead. Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him at 970-7109 or email him at

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PSU fans will be Prouder at game Student’s call for positivity on Facebook has more than 4,000 supporters already. By DEREK LEVARSE

STATE COLLEGE -- One Penn State student, surveying the damage to her school from her internship in Mexico City, decided to try to make an impact from 2,500 miles away. Four hours after the NCAA dropped the hammer on Penn State, Dani Lichliter took to Facebook to rally fellow students, alumni and fans into showing their support for the football team for the season opener on Sept. 1 against Ohio at Beaver Stadium. Titling the event “Louder and Prouder: 9/1/12,” Lichliter, a California native entering her senior year, asked people to “please use this event to share your love for Penn State. Share your favorite football memories and all the positive things that make this the only university you would ever want to attend. Please do not use this as a place to criticize the decisions of others, namely the NCAA, or to complain about what has happened.” By Monday evening, 4,000 people had already responded favorably to invitations to attend the event. “Penn State is my home and where I really grew up,” Lichliter wrote in an email. “I wanted to create an event that would be completely positive and full of Penn State love. ... “When I made the event, I sort of had an inkling that it would become extremely popular. Penn Staters love their school more than you could possibly imagine and finding ways to come together and

Paterno fallout On any other day in NCAA history, a new name atop the all-time college football wins list would be seismic news. On Monday, Joe Paterno’s fall from the No. 1 spot was almost a footnote in the string of penalties the NCAA imposed on Penn State football. The program was forced to vacate all wins from 1998-2011, giving Paterno 298 official victories instead of the Division I record 409 he had at the time of his firing in November. Late Grambling coach Eddie Robinson (408 wins) will regain the Division I crown, while Bobby Bowden, who retired from Florida State after the 2009 season, is again atop the list for major (FBS) programs. The decision prompted an outcry from the family of the former coach, who died in January, and sadness from people on campus. “They’re completely disregarding Joe and his whole legacy,” said Nate Fuentes, a Penn State freshman who attended State College High School. “They’re just taking everything from it. It’s like




Area coaches watch as Lions are tamed By PAUL SOKOLOSKI

N O T E S support it have proven themselves to be very beneficial in times like these. I hope that the event will be used to share positive memories and comments about Penn State because we are so much more than the few administrators that let us down. “We are so much more than the football program. We are 96,000 strong and they can’t take away the memories, the academics, the charity, and the people that make up Penn State.”



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A sign and a small figure of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno hangs at Gate A of Beaver stadium on the Penn State University main campus in State College on Monday. The NCAA announced sanctions against the Penn State University football program on Monday as a result of the child sexual abuse case of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

piling on. He’s turning in his grave right now because they’re taking everything he stood for. “I know he did wrong. I know that. He should have done more. They’re taking everything away from him. I don’t think it’s fair.” Earlier this month, Paterno was judged to have been part of a cover-up by the Freeh Report, an investigation commissioned by Penn State to determine why allegations of child abuse went unreported by the school for years. In response, Paterno’s statue outside of Beaver Stadium was removed on Sunday morning. Other symbols of Paterno, however, remain on campus. Paterno Library, built with funding from the late coach and his wife Sue, will keep its name. And Penn State’s Creamery will continue to sell “Peachy Paterno” ice cream, donating proceeds from sales of the flavor to an organization that works with child abuse, according to The Associated Press. Another painful coincidence for Penn State fans -- in the view of the NCAA, the Nittany Lions’ last win now came on Nov. 22, 1997, against Wisconsin. The quarterback in that game was Mike McQueary, who would become a key wit-

ness against Sandusky and was the one to initially report allegations of abuse to Paterno in 2001. Legal concerns The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm, which follows collegiate and high school sports cases, again raised objections Monday to the NCAA’s decision to impose sanctions without following its typical process. “The NCAA’s actions, no matter how noble and justified to address the egregious behavior in the Penn State case, have charted an unprecedented course of action and created a ‘slippery slope’ for future incidents,” the firm said in a statement. The firm argued that the NCAA violated its bylaws by granting President Mark Emmert what amounted to emergency authority to punish Penn State in lieu of traditional enforcement procedures. “We are extremely concerned about the process the NCAA utilized to issue its sanctions,” the firm said. “We conclude (these) issues would be best left in the expert hands of the criminal and civil courts, the federal Departments of Justice and Education, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the relevant accrediting agencies.”

It wasn’t so much shock as sympathy. Because while local high school coaches believe the NCAA was justified in handing down sanctions to Penn State, they’re concerned the wrong people were punished. “I don’t agree with hurting the current players,” said Hanover Area coach Ron Hummer, a longtime Penn State fan. “They’re punishing the wrong people, I think. I just can’t see how the NCAA can come in and say to the kids they’re being punished for something they didn’t do.” Along with a four-year bowl ban, Penn State suffered the loss of 20 scholarships per season over the next four years, along with a five-year probationary period among the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. And if such a scenario makes them reconsider playing for Penn State, current players will be allowed to transfer to other institutions without sitting out the normallymandatory one season as a penalty. “It’s extremely shocking,” Wyoming Valley West coach Pat Keating said. “It think it’s going to be at least a decade until they get back to where they want to be as a football program.” Those consequences were handed down by the NCAA on Monday for the school’s role – according the recently-released Freeh Report – in covering up the sexual abuse of young boys against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 charges last month. “They put the wood to Penn State,” said veteran Wyoming Valley Conference coach George Curry, who will return to Berwick this season. “They (Penn State leaders) blew it in this respect: you’re not dealing with a player violation, recruiting violation, you’re dealing with a child

molester here. “I think they deserve what they got.” Yet, some coaches believe the innocent kids currently playing football at Penn State – along with new head coach and former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and his staff – will be hurt most by the sanctions. “I’m a little surprised at the severity of the sanctions on the football program itself,” GAR coach Paul Wiedlich Jr. said. “It was more of an institutional problem. I feel bad for the kids who are there and the new coaching staff. They had nothing to do with what happened in the past.” Mostly, everyone’s more concerned with Penn State’s future. With incoming freshmen including linebacker Nyeem Wartman from Valley View and former Wyoming Valley West star Eugene Lewis facing the prospect of playing a whole college career without a bowl game, it’ll be interesting to see how many players remain at Penn State. “We’ve been texting a lot today. It’s been a really crazy day,” said Keating of his communication with Lewis. “A lot of coaches from universities all over the country have been contacting him, trying to see where he stands. He may know already. He may take a day or two to digest everything and make a decision from there.” Lewis’ father, the Rev. Eugene Lewis, told The Times Leader his son plans to honor his commitment to Penn State. Curry hopes they all do. “I just hope the players don’t leave,” Curry said. “They’re playing for a good coach and he’s an NFL guy. They can still win. They’ve got enough talent to tide them over. They’re not going to a bowl game. “But if they’re not going to a BCS game, there are kids who would rather be home for Christmas.”

Alumni displeased with sanctions Many state their support for Penn State and its football program via social media.

“If you remove those three or four people responsible, Penn State is a great place to play.”


Dwayne Downing Former area HS coach

By JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

Penn State football players may have been instructed not to speak with the media but the team’s alumni base expressed their displeasure Monday with the NCAA’s sanctions on the program. Several notable alums moved to social media to express their dismay with the decision. Adam Taliaferro took the news of vacated wins particularly hard. The former Nittany Lion cornerback suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury during a game in 2000. Taliaferro said on his Twitter account, “NCAA says games didn’t exist..I got the metal plate in my neck to prove it did..I almost died playing 4 PSU..punishment or healing?!?” Former Bishop Hoban and Meyers football coach Dwayne Downing has been emotionally involved in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal for the past eight months. Downing, who played for Joe Paterno as a defensive back on the 1986 national championship-winning team, said he still “feels horrible” about the abuse and knew severe punishment was on the horizon for the university. “My initial reaction was shock,” Downing said. “I knew something was certainly going to happen to the program. It was only inevitable something was going to be done. The NCAA sure did make a statement.” Citing the school’s athletic reputation, Downing – a 1988 Penn State graduate – said the past eight months serves as a “black eye on the program, not the university”. Younger football alumni were more vehement in their dissent.

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Former Penn State defensive end and recent Minnesota Vikings signee Eric Latimore said on his Twitter account, “Oh and yea the 60+ million is goin to child abuse lol? Believe that right?” Devon Still, a recent Penn State graduate and Cincinnati Bengals second-round pick, said on his Twitter account, “Lost as to how taking away wins solves anything...especially wen the ppl being punished did nothing wrong.” Downing said that he thought the NCAA’s decision was too premature. “Let’s be honest here – in no way do we want to minimize what happened,” he prefaced. “It’s just disturbing to think about and it makes it hard to talk about some of these things. “But it would be nice to see all of the information before the sanctions was imposed. I’m not trying to make excuses – what he did was the most heinous crime imaginable.” Downing said that he thought the decision should have been made after athletic director Tim Curley and former school president Graham Spanier’s trial. “I understand making that call; I don’t want to say there is a rush to judgment,” Downing said. “It’s tough having the NCAA announcing that decision while two cases are still in court.” Downing and other football alumni are upset, he said, that Penn State student-athletes will be denied some athletic and academic opportunities. “It’s a little disheartening,” Downing said. “We feel bad for the kids; some of them were just

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