I hope the NCAA gives Penn State the death penalty it most richly deserves. The worst scandal in college football history deserves the worst penalty the NCAA can give. They gave it to SMU for winning without regard for morals. They should give it to Penn State for the same thing. The only difference is, at Penn State they didn’t pay for it with Corvettes. They paid for it with lives.
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  From next week’s issue, online now: Marc Fisher uncovers the story of Horace Mann English teacher Robert Berman, who enthralled his favorite students with talk of poetry and art, but now stands accused of sexually abusing some of them. One alleged victim tells Fisher, “People think of child abuse as a moment in a shower, like Sandusky. They don’t think of it as essentially abducting and brainwashing. This was a cult of art, literature, and music…”

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These Penn State students need a serious wake up call

Celebrating the return of postseason eligibility is somewhat understandable from their point of view as fans. Chanting for the return of Paterno’s statue, on the other hand, is indefensible.

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BREAKING: Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years in prison

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison in the child sex abuse case, Bloomberg News and Reuters report. More updates on

Update (10:25 a.m. ET): Read the full story from Bloomberg News.

Photo: Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, for his sentencing today. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

I am very troubled by the manipulative, disrespectful, uncivil and abusive behavior of our football coach

2005 email from then Penn State VP Vicky Triponey about Paterno’s wish to handle all matters about the football team internally, adding, “Coach Paterno would rather we NOT inform the public when a football player is found responsible for committing a serious violation of the law and/or our student code — despite any moral or legal obligation to do so.” Speculation is that this culture contributed to the Sandusky abuse being so horrifically hidden.

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Jerry Sandusky is on suicide watch at the Centre County Correctional Facility, the same lockup where where he spent a night in December — and where inmates harassed him with the Pink Floyd lyrics, “Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone.”

Other prisoners were barred from communicating directly with Sandusky, but they could see him. And when the lights went out, inmates serenaded the disgraced coach with a famous line from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”

“At night, we were singing ‘Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone,’” Josh said, adding that everyone knew who Sandusky was because inmates had access to television and newspapers. The jail can hold 349 inmates.

The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.
—  Former FBI director Louis Freeh • In a statement accompanying his report on the Jerry Sandusky case. The report, which is 200 pages long, is over here, but based on the tone of this statement, it implicates, Joe Paterno, the former Penn State head football coach who died earlier this year, for not reporting Sandusky’s conduct.
What happened to that child? We don’t know; neither the university nor the prosecutors got his name. We do know that a jury agreed that something terrible had happened to him in that shower. And we know that Sandusky would have realized that the boy could be a witness against him. How did he treat the boy afterward? Based on the pattern of victims, he was likely someone Sandusky go to know through Second Mile, which was meant to help vulnerable children who came from difficult homes. Apart from possibly threatening or intimidating the boy (something he did to other victims), did Sandusky, over the next years, do anything to shape the boy’s life, to make him less credible—to direct him to grow into the kind of man whom others might not believe? A push, a word, a bad choice at a key juncture: whoever that boy became, or never had a chance to become, Sandusky helped make him. So did Penn State.
—  Amy Davidson on The Freeh Report and Penn State’s Shame: