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« Reply #800 on: January 21, 2012, 02:56:23 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/penn-state-mum-dismissed-officials-big-salaries/story?id=15357045
Penn State Still Paying Big Salaries to Dismissed Officials
By COLLEEN CURRY
January 20, 2012

Penn State University continues to pay lucrative salaries and foot the legal bills of five officials it fired, suspended or forced out of office over the school's sex abuse scandal, but refuses to make public what the former administrators are making.

The university's Board of Trustees, meeting today for only the second time since the scandal broke, has insisted that the financial arrangements with former school president Graham Spanier and legendary football coach Joe Paterno are confidential.

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Two other school officials, former vice president for finance Gary Shultz and former athletic director Tim Curley, were charged with perjury and failure to report sexual abuse of a child. Curly was put on administrative leave from the university and Shultz resigned.
Assistant coach Mike McQueary who witnessed the alleged sexual assault of a boy in a Penn State lockerroom, has been put on paid leave.
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Spanier, who was the president of Penn State until he handed in his resignation the night the board met to fire Paterno, was paid $813,855 in 2009, the most recent record available. He remains employed by the university despite stepping down as president.

According to school spokeswoman Lisa Powers, Spanier is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, with the additional title of president emeritus.

Powers said that she could not comment on Spanier's current compensation because of a confidentiality agreement in his contract, despite his salary previously being made public on the school's website.

Paterno, who was fired as head coach by the Board of Trustees after Sandusky's arrest, also continues to be employed at the university, where his last publicized salary was more than $1 million, according to financial records and university statements.

Paterno is a tenured member of Penn State's faculty in the college of Health and Human Services, Powers said.

Powers said she couldn't release Paterno's current compensation because his "continued service" to the university has not yet been determined, and will be publicized once a retirement package is finalized.

According to the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System, Paterno will receive more than half a million dollars per year in retirement, not including any separate arrangement worked out with the university.
Curley continues to receive the same compensation he was getting before he was charged criminally, in addition to his legal defense costs, including any civil suits that arise. His salary has never been made public and is excluded from a publicized list of the 25 top salaries at the university, meaning he makes less than $427,494 a year.

Shultz, the former vice president of business and finance, is no longer on the payroll, though he is part of the State Employee Retirement System, through which he makes $330,699 a year, and has a retirement agreement with the university, which Powers said is not public information.

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« Reply #801 on: January 21, 2012, 08:13:14 PM »

Paterno taken off respirator, in 'serious' condition: reports

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Tarnished former Penn State football legend Joe Paterno has been taken off a respirator and is near death, and his family has gathered to say their final goodbyes, according to multiple reports.

Onward State, the college student newspaper, reported the cancer-stricken Paterno was taken off a respirator this morning; The Citizens' Voice reported his wife, Sue, summoned close friends and longtime staff members to a State College, Pa., hospital Saturday afternoon to say their final goodbyes.

According to sources, Sue Paterno had called in the close friends and longtime staff members at Joe Paterno's request.

The family released a statement this evening but only said Paterno suffered recent "health complications." He has been in the hospital since Jan. 13 for observation for what his family had called minor complications from cancer treatments.

"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications. His doctors have now characterized his status as serious," read the statement. "His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

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Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/paterno_taken_off_respirator_in_WzdLQsSa494LbqEHC3zOnO#ixzz1k93DEfdV
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« Reply #802 on: January 21, 2012, 09:21:32 PM »

Paterno taken off respirator, in 'serious' condition: reports

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Tarnished former Penn State football legend Joe Paterno has been taken off a respirator and is near death, and his family has gathered to say their final goodbyes, according to multiple reports.

Onward State, the college student newspaper, reported the cancer-stricken Paterno was taken off a respirator this morning; The Citizens' Voice reported his wife, Sue, summoned close friends and longtime staff members to a State College, Pa., hospital Saturday afternoon to say their final goodbyes.

According to sources, Sue Paterno had called in the close friends and longtime staff members at Joe Paterno's request.

The family released a statement this evening but only said Paterno suffered recent "health complications." He has been in the hospital since Jan. 13 for observation for what his family had called minor complications from cancer treatments.

"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications. His doctors have now characterized his status as serious," read the statement. "His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

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Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/paterno_taken_off_respirator_in_WzdLQsSa494LbqEHC3zOnO#ixzz1k93DEfdV



I had heard news of this on my car radio earlier this evening as I was driving home.  This just has to be so very, very difficult for Joe Paterno's wife and family. 
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« Reply #803 on: January 21, 2012, 10:09:08 PM »

I agree Muffy.  This is such a sad way how everything happened.  If he only would have done more in reporting what happened.
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« Reply #804 on: January 21, 2012, 10:33:15 PM »

I agree Muffy.  This is such a sad way how everything happened.  If he only would have done more in reporting what happened.

   And he should have followed up on it, imo.
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« Reply #805 on: January 22, 2012, 12:00:45 AM »

Let's hope that before he passes he speaks with LE about everything he knows.  It is time someone came clean about all the inner workings of Penn State.
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« Reply #806 on: January 22, 2012, 10:13:25 AM »

Let's hope that before he passes he speaks with LE about everything he knows.  It is time someone came clean about all the inner workings of Penn State.

Just my opinion, but I don't see that happening, KittyMom. 
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« Reply #807 on: January 22, 2012, 10:15:39 AM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-400_162-57363474/joe-paterno-continuing-to-fight/
January 22, 2012
Joe Paterno "continuing to fight"
January 22, 2012

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Joe Paterno's doctors said that the former Penn State coach's condition had become "serious," following complications from lung cancer in recent days.
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"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications," family spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. "His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

Paterno's sons, Scott and Jay, each took to Twitter on Saturday night to refute reports that their father had died.

Wrote Jay Paterno: "I appreciate the support & prayers. Joe is continuing to fight."
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« Reply #808 on: January 22, 2012, 10:39:11 AM »

BREAKING NEWS      BREAKING NEWS      BREAKING NEWS


Legendary Penn State coach Paterno dead at 85

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:27 AM EST, Sun January 22, 2012


State College, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Joe Paterno, whose tenure as the most successful coach in major college football history ended abruptly in November amid allegations that he failed to respond forcefully enough to a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant, died Sunday, a family spokesman said. He was 85.

The longtime Penn State head coach was diagnosed with what his family had called a treatable form of lung cancer shortly after the university's Board of Trustees voted to fire him.

He had been hospitalized in December after breaking his pelvis in a fall at his home and again in January for what his son called minor complications from his cancer treatments.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," the family statement said. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

Paterno, who was affectionately known as "JoePa" by generations of his players and football fans alike, was widely admired in football circles for what he called his "Grand Experiment" -- his expectation that big-time college football players could succeed on the field while upholding high academic and moral standards away from the gridiron.

Under his leadership, the Nittany Lions won two national championships, went undefeated five times and finished in the top 25 national rankings 35 times, according to his official Penn State biography.

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In an interview with the Washington Post published January 14, Paterno said that he felt inadequate to deal with the allegations.

"I didn't know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was," the Post quoted him as saying. "So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn't work out that way."

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/22/us/pennsylvania-obit-paterno/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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« Reply #809 on: January 22, 2012, 10:44:41 AM »

Joe Paterno Dead at 85



Joe Paterno -- the legendary former football coach at Penn State University -- died this morning at the age of 85 ... this according to his family.

His family released a statement that reads, "He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

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http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/22/joe-paterno-dead/#.Txwtf4H4J7c
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« Reply #810 on: January 22, 2012, 10:48:21 AM »

Joe Paterno Dead: Ex-Penn State Football Coach Has Died At Age 85

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Joe Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday. He was 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death: "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

"He died as he lived," the statement said. "He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

Paterno built his program on the credo "Success with Honor," and he found both. The man known as "JoePa" won 409 games and took the Nittany Lions to 37 bowl games and two national championships. More than 250 of the players he coached went on to the NFL.

"He will go down as the greatest football coach in the history of the game," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said after his former team, the Florida Gators, beat Penn State 37-24 in the 2011 Outback Bowl.

Paterno's son Scott said on Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer. The cancer was diagnosed during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness. A few weeks after that revelation, Paterno also broke his pelvis after a fall but did not need surgery.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/22/joe-paterno-dead-ex-penn-state-football-coach-obit_n_1221946.html
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« Reply #811 on: January 22, 2012, 12:45:36 PM »

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/22/justice/pennsylvania-coach-abuse-timeline/index.html
A timeline of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal
January 22, 2012

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« Reply #812 on: January 22, 2012, 03:28:46 PM »

Joe Paterno Westboro Baptist Church to Picket His Funeral

Margie Phelps, daughter of Pastor Fred Phelps, announced on Twitter today the Westboro Baptist Church would be picketing the funeral of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Paterno passed away earlier today from lung cancer. He was 85.

Last October, announced they would picket the funeral of Apple founder Steve Jobs. They also picketed the funeral of Michael Jackson.

The church is known for their extreme views against homosexuality. Based on other tweets (see below), Paterno's involvement in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal is what drew their attention.

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http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/22/joe-paterno-dead-westboro-baptist-church/#.Txxv0oH4J7c
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« Reply #813 on: January 22, 2012, 03:28:47 PM »

"Success with Honor"

Not sure that I see that in the Joe Paterno/Penn State legacy. 
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« Reply #814 on: January 22, 2012, 03:29:59 PM »

If I were this church I would think twice about this.  One thing about people who love their football and their coach is you don't mess with them.

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« Reply #815 on: January 22, 2012, 05:22:09 PM »

Instead of turning anger and grief on the Board of Trustees, place the blame where it belongs:  Jerry Sandusky.  JMHO  Why aren't people picketing and raising heck in front of his home?  Again, jmho.
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« Reply #816 on: January 22, 2012, 05:27:50 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/22/us-usa-paterno-idUSTRE80L0GC20120122
Joe Paterno, revered coach tainted by scandal, dies
By Dave Warner
January 22, 2012

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The case raised questions about the measures the university took to protect Sandusky and a football program that Forbes magazine valued at $100 million, especially since accusations against him first surfaced in 1998 when a university police detective admonished Sandusky to stop showering naked with boys but stopped short of bringing criminal charges.

One of the biggest scandals in college sports history, it provoked a national discussion about pedophilia in the same way charges involving Roman Catholic priests did years earlier.

The matter also drew impassioned arguments about the balance between protecting the young and the rights of criminal defendants, who are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

"I hope his passing and the controversy surrounding Sandusky will deter other people, especially powerful people, from covering up child sex crimes," said David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a support group.

"Even decades of professional achievement should not obscure dreadfully reckless and callous inaction that results in child sex crimes," Clohessy said.
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IMPACT ON CRIMINAL CASE

Paterno's death could affect the case against Sandusky by eliminating a link in the evidence, and was more likely to weaken the criminal case against two university officials charged with perjury, at least one legal expert said.

Paterno came under fire when it was revealed he learned of at least one accusation against Sandusky in 2002, when graduate assistant Mike McQueary told Paterno he witnessed Sandusky molesting a boy of about 10 years old in the showers of the Lasch Football Building.

Paterno told university officials but not the police, a decision that ultimately led to his downfall.

Paterno, in an interview with the Washington Post published on January 14, said he was uncertain how to handle the matter and trusted the university administration.

Paterno testified before the grand jury that he informed former athletic director Tim Curley about what McQueary told him. About 10 days later, McQueary testified, he was called to a meeting with Curley and university finance official Gary Schultz to discuss what happened.

But nobody told police.

Curley and Schultz both face perjury charges based on their inaction. Schultz also testified before the grand jury he was aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky.

University President Graham Spanier was fired along with Paterno, and Curley and Schultz stepped down.

"If he (Paterno) had known the devastation that this means, he would have reacted differently," said Peter Pelullo, founder of Let Go, Let Peace Come In, a support group helping some of Sandusky's accusers with counseling.

"If there had been an auto accident on the Penn State campus and a kid had been run over, everybody would have called 911. That boy was being crushed at the moment he was in the shower with Sandusky. It's not just Joe Paterno but the rest of the country that didn't understand this (the devastation of child sexual abuse)," Pelullo said.

Because Paterno was not believed to have witnessed any purported abuse, his testimony would not have been crucial to Sandusky trial, said Paul Callan, a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.

But his death could set back the criminal case against Curley and Schultz.

"The confrontation clause (of the constitution) guarantees that criminal defendants will have the right to confront and cross-examine the witnesses against them at the time of trial," Callan said. "No defense attorneys were present at the grand jury proceedings to do such a cross-examination."
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« Reply #817 on: January 22, 2012, 05:44:16 PM »

If I were this church I would think twice about this.  One thing about people who love their football and their coach is you don't mess with them.



Although it's my belief Joe Paterno should have done a lot more in regard to Jerry Sandusky, I believe his family and friends should be able to lay him to rest.  There's time enough later to take issue.  JMHO

I think Westboro is stirring up one heck of a hornet's nest if they think they're going to picket Joe Paterno's funeral. 
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« Reply #818 on: January 22, 2012, 09:02:24 PM »

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577177340761808450.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Paterno's Death Prompts Debate Over Legacy
'JoePa' Held Title of Winningest Coach but Assistant Sex-Abuse Case Could Overshadow Achievements
By JOHN W. MILLER and KRIS MAHER
January 22, 2012

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Legal analysts say the case against Mr. Sandusky wouldn't be harmed by Mr. Paterno's passing. "Prosecutors can use his grand-jury testimony," says Wesley Oliver, a professor at the Widener College of Law in Harrisburg, Pa.
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« Reply #819 on: January 22, 2012, 09:13:51 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-01-22/trial-perjury-paterno/52747954/1
Paterno death will have limited effect on sex abuse case
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
January 22, 2012

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was not expected to be a major witness in the child sex abuse case against Jerry Sandusky, but state prosecutors had intended to offer Paterno's testimony in the prosecution of two former university administrators charged with perjury related to the sex scandal.

As recently as last month, Pennsylvania Senior Deputy Attorney General Marc Costanzo said prosecutors "expected to have testimony" from Paterno in the state's case against former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and former university Senior Vice President Gary Schultz.
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Prosecutors and defense lawyers for the administrators did not comment Sunday on how Paterno's death may affect the perjury case. Both sides, however, offered condolences to the Paterno family.

But legal analysts said that Paterno, as a prospective witness, may have been more helpful to the defense.

"Because Paterno provided limited detail about the 2002 incident to Curley and Schultz, the defense could look at that as corroborating (the administrators') claim that they were not given all of the information about Sandusky's activities," said Widener University law professor Wesley Oliver.

Without Paterno, Oliver said the trial judge will have to rule on whether the coach's grand jury testimony can be admitted as evidence.

Attorney Jeff Anderson, who has filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of an alleged Sandusky victim, also said Curley and Schultz were "more likely" to have called Paterno given the former coach's less-detailed grand jury testimony.

"He may have shaped the defense a little bit," Anderson said.
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