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By Matt Vensel | November 8, 2011
Penn State, the State College community and the stunned sporting world outside of the Happy Valley bubble is reeling from the sex abuse allegations involving the school's former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky. Meanwhile, some folks in College Park are understandably thinking, "That could have happened here. " In December 1991, the University of Maryland had interest in hiring Sandusky -- who coached the defense at Linebacker U when now-embattled head coach Joe Paterno won two national titles in the 1980s -- to become the Terps' head coach.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
The University of Maryland says it alerted the state attorney general nearly 25 years ago that the school's head swimming coach had acknowledged sexually abusing a girl at his private club, but he was not charged until last year. Rick Curl, founder of Washington's pre-eminent Curl-Burke Swim Club, resigned his position at College Park in August 1988 after the parents of the teenage victim gave the university a letter signed by Curl that acknowledged the abuse. Curl and the parents entered into a legal settlement around that time.
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By Matt Vensel | November 11, 2011
Gerry Sandusky has never met Jerry Sandusky. There is no relation. The sports director for WBAL and the radio voice of the Ravens has only been in State College, Pa., once in his life, and that was 24 years ago. But after the sex abuse scandal at Penn State involving former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, became a major national news story this past weekend, Gerry Sandusky watched fans and colleagues steer clear of him before Sunday night's...
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March 29, 2013
It is horrifying to open a newspaper and see Jerry Sandusky again ("Sandusky: Paterno wouldn't allow pedophile," March 26). Just when you thought the Penn State sexual abuse scandal was over, Mr. Sandusky is giving interviews to a crazed documentary filmmaker, John Ziegler. To know that Mr. Ziegler is getting coverage for the nonsense he is pursuing - namely, that Joe Paterno did not know Mr. Sandusky was a pedophile - is just one more indignity to be endured by sexual abuse victims everywhere.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2011
For all the big journalists associated with Brian Williams' "Rock Center," it was sportscaster Bob Costas who put this self-important, over-promoted newsmagazine on the map Monday with his exclusive interview of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. What a "get" for Costas, and what a superb job of getting to the heart of the matter by Costas with the man accused of sexually abusing boys as young as 10 years old in his capacity as coach and head of a foundation that purported to mentor adolescent boys.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2012
NCAA president Mark Emmert brought down the proverbial hammer on Penn State Monday morning, imposing severe sanctions that will likely cripple the program for at least a decade. The school received a four-year bowl ban, 10 less scholarships per year until 2014-15, a $60 million fine, and all wins from 1998-2011 will be vacated in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal.  The program will not cease operation or receive the so-called 'death penalty,' which many in the national media called for. Some experts have said the sanctions imposed are actually worse than the suspension of a season.
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June 22, 2012
Clearly, neither defense attorney Joe Amendola, who has represented Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State sexual abuse trial, nor anyone close to him has ever been a victim of sexual child abuse ("Sandusky's wife: Accuser conniving," June 20). Whether or not the charges against Mr. Sandusky prove to be true, this case needs to be handled with the utmost professionalism. Mr. Amendola's remarks including "stay tuned," and "it's like a soap [opera]," etc., show a complete lack of understanding of the seriousness of cases like this one. It is one thing to believe in your client.
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November 22, 2011
Don't need distraction Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times Yes, although it's a different case from Miami, which did the necessary thing in taking itself out of bowl consideration as part of a damage-control strategy. Current Miami players were involved in the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Penn State players had nothing to do with the Jerry Sandusky case. But several members of the coaching staff, including interim head coach Tom Bradley, were longtime associates of Sandusky.
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November 27, 2011
Why does the media, both print and broadcast, continue to make Joe Paterno the scapegoat of the Penn State scandal? Coach Paterno didn't even have a connection to the funnel of Jerry Sandusky's alleged indiscretions, his charity for at-risk youths known as The Second Mile. Does anyone question the charity's board of directors about what they knew? Many of these directors quickly asked to be removed from the board. Pro football coaches Andy Reid and Dick Vermeil, former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, TV sportscaster Matt Millen and Baltimore's own Cal Ripken Jr. I don't hear their names being brought up or them having their reputations being bashed.
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November 7, 2011
Paterno must explain Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune In a word, yes. Read the 23-page grand jury findings and you will be horrified and sickened. And angry. The target of our anger, assuming the allegations are true, is Jerry Sandusky. Next we get to Tim Curley and ask: Is it true he failed to contact law enforcement regarding the incident between Sandusky and a minor in a Penn State locker-room shower? As for Paterno, who always has seemed like the grandfather we wish we had, did he make every reasonable attempt to protect the minors around Sandusky?
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
- As Cal Ripken Jr. watched the news unfold of the sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky at Penn State University, he decided to take on the chief question before the sporting community: "What can we do to make kids safer?" The Orioles Hall of Famer enlisted his foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to draft guidelines using the research and input of leading sports scientists, pediatricians and advocates for screening coaches and volunteers.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
He was a bearded, Bunyanesque defensive tackle whose rugged play helped the Baltimore Colts to three straight division championships in the 1970s. But Tuesday, when Joe Ehrmann addresses a national gathering convened to deal with the problem of child sexual abuse in sports, he'll take part in one of the most meaningful huddles of his life. His words will weigh heavily on the audience at the two-day Safe to Compete summit in Alexandria, Va., because Ehrmann - minister, motivational speaker and onetime Gilman coach - is himself a survivor of child sexual abuse.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Following a string of recent cases in which coaches used their positions to sexually abuse children, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation says it is trying to help sports organizations better screen people who work with young athletes. The foundation has created an online resource that offers training for employees and volunteers. The site also directs sports organization leaders to a legal research website where they can search potential staff members' criminal histories at a minimal cost.
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November 4, 2012
We don't have the facts David Wharton Los Angeles Times Former Penn State President Graham Spanier's indictment gets to the heart of what critics of big-time college sports have said for years: University presidents need to take more responsibility for their athletic programs. The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics recently issued a report asking schools to devise stronger policies to balance sports with academics while curtailing improper behavior by coaches and athletes.
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By Betsy Schindler | October 18, 2012
It is coming up on one year since the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse story broke and just about a week since his sentencing, and I am pondering what we have learned from it and where we are in relation to more open dialogue about sexual abuse. Here is what I know for sure. Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach at Penn State University, is a serial pedophile, and he abused children of various ages for extended periods of time. Eight brave survivors of abuse came forward for the trial, but many more have not come forward for various individual, personal reasons.
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By Kathy Bergen, Tribune Newspapers | July 24, 2012
State Farm Insurance has pulled direct sponsorship of Penn State football for the 2012 season in the wake of the sex abuse scandal at the university, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The decision by the Bloomington, Ill.-based company was made in the middle of last year's season but became public Tuesday in a Huffington Post report. "It's a result of all the information that has been going on with Penn State over the last year," said spokeswoman Arlene Lester. "The decision was based on our business needs at this time.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2011
On Wednesday, Cal Ripken Jr. 's name appeared on the website of the Second Mile charity under the heading "Board of Directors: Honorary Board. " By Thursday, it didn't. Ripken asked the Second Mile, a charity allegedly used by former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky to meet and then molest young boys, to remove his name from its website and all other literature. According to spokesman John Maroon, the Hall of Fame former Oriole spoke at an event benefiting the charity but did so at the behest of a corporate partner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
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November 15, 2011
Three cheers for the Board of Trustees of Penn State University for cleaning house in the aftermath of the revelation that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a number of young boys over a 15-year period. I am appalled by those who criticize the board for taking decisive moral action and dismissing Coach Joe Paterno, who knew of the abuse but failed to report it to police. The students demonstrating against Mr. Paterno's dismissal have much to learn about setting appropriate moral priorities.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
Penn State deserved to be punished. There is no questioning that. But the NCAA's unprecedented sanctioning of the football team - doled out by president Mark Emmert himself - solves nothing. If anything, it reinforces the wrong message: that football matters. In case somehow you missed it - perhaps you were off doing something useful, like pushing for gun control - the Nittany Lions won't be playing in a bowl game for the next four years. The university, my alma mater, will pay a $60 million fine.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2012
NCAA president Mark Emmert brought down the proverbial hammer on Penn State Monday morning, imposing severe sanctions that will likely cripple the program for at least a decade. The school received a four-year bowl ban, 10 less scholarships per year until 2014-15, a $60 million fine, and all wins from 1998-2011 will be vacated in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal.  The program will not cease operation or receive the so-called 'death penalty,' which many in the national media called for. Some experts have said the sanctions imposed are actually worse than the suspension of a season.
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