The Philadelphia Inquirer's lead to this article would make more sense if it included the word "actions." The lead, "Sandusky lawyer says youths may dispute abuse allegations," makes it seem as if the alleged eight victims of sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky are saying what the media has portrayed and what has been said is false. In my opinion if the lead included "Sandusky lawyer says youths actions may dispute abuse allegations," it would make more sense as in the story it is alluded that the victims remained in contact and on good terms with Sandusky, never mentioning that they would revoke what they had said under oath to the grand jury. 

Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, plans to use the fact that ".... a boy who purportedly told jurors that Sandusky had made sexual advances on him during trips to San Antonio, Texas, in the late 1990s -- brought his girlfriend and his child to the coach's house a few years ago and asked him to be a part of their lives." Amendola's plot appears to have no merit due to the fact that of the six victims who testified, all but one said they were subject to "graphic forms of sexual abuse ranging from having their genitals kissed or groped to being forced to perform oral sex."

Information keeps appearing and Sandusky has to keep working to reduce the 40 counts of sexual assault he has been charged with. In a recent interview with NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams and Bob Costas, Sandusky claimed innocence. When Costasa asked, "Are you a pedophile," Sandusky responded, "No." This is going to be a rough ride for Penn State and for all the victims involved. For up-to-date information visit the Complete Coverage Scandal at Penn State webpage and my own Weebly
 
 
Joe Paterno has been the subject of public scrutiny after the child sexual-abuse scandal that threw Pennsylvania State University through a loop. Paterno threw another curveball Friday after his son Scott Paterno made a statement to the Associate Press that Joe Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer.  

Joe Paterno, 84, went to the doctor for an exam for a bronchial illness and left with the diagnosis of a treatable form of lung cancer. Scott Paterno eased the media and told the Philadelphia Inquirer staff in an article that he "is currently undergoing treatment, and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery." 

According to an ABC News article, Joe Paterno was seen visiting the Mount Nittany Medical Center Wednesday, Nov.16 and treated for an undisclosed ailment. The medical exam occurred the same weekend the school played its first game without Joe Paterno as a coach against the Nebraska's Cornhuskers, loosing by only three points.

"As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment," Scott Paterno said in a statement to ABC News and the Inquirer. 
 
 
Just two days after my initial blog post, Joe Paterno, head coach of Penn State's football team, was fired. On Wednesday, after a hot and heavy week regarding child sex-abuse allegations towards his fellow staff, the University decided Paterno's presence was no longer needed. 

Paterno is not charged with conspiracy, but knew about Jerry Sandusky's 15 year span of sexual abuse on children and did not file any reports on the incidents to the police. Paterno announced early Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the current season, but university and the university trustees decided him being on campus was not the best thing for Penn State as a whole.  

The Division I-A coach has the most wins ever for a college coach. He has filled the Beaver Stadium for generations. Fathers, sons and grandsons have witnessed Paterno's talent, but his talent will no longer be showcased at Penn State. No replacement has been found, but the football team stayed positive with interim head coach Tom Bradley who encouraged the men to play hard against Nebraska's Cornhuskers Saturday, loosing by only three points.
 
 
Penn State is heating up after allegations of sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator for the football team, lack of Joe Paterno's, Penn State's head coach, actions along with administration. 

Sandusky was arrested Saturday on 40 counts of sexually abusing minors in the span of 15 years. Two top school officials, Senior Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley, have stepped down through the course of the scandal after it was revealed they were told about the assaults but failed to contact the police.

Paterno's conscious is not clean either. His 46 season career at the age of 84 is likely to come to an end before his ten-year is renewed due to the fact that he concealed the incidents as well. 

Schultz and Curley are accused of failing to alert police. Paterno is not being targeted in the investigation after he testified in front of the grand jury that led to the charges, but the state police commissioner became upset and chastised him and other school officials for not trying to stop the suspected abuse. Paterno may not be charged with a crime, but many news sources are reporting that he will be leaving the University within a matter of days or weeks. 

The incident derives from a March 2002 encounter when an assistant football coach said he saw Sandusky assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a shower in the football locker rooms. The assistant coach, later identified as Mike McQueary, left and reported the incident to Paterno. Paterno then notified Curley who said he would look into the matter. Police were never notified by officials and the boy's identity remains unknown to the public. 

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, which first reported that the man had come forward, said he is in his 20s, knew Sandusky from The Second Mile charity and never told his parents or authorities about the alleged encounters from nearly a decade ago. The now adult decided to contact the police department Sunday after seeing the news on Sandusky's arrest, Lt. David Young of the Montoursville station said to the Inquirer staff. Investigators took a statement from him then forwarded it to the Rockview station where officers are investigating the information. Young refused to release the man's name. As this all began to unfold other victims have contacted authorities. 
According to an Inquirer article, "Paterno is done." We will just have to wait and see how it all plays out but for the time being here are a few links to some other stories by the Philadelphia Inquirer related to the incident:

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- Staff Report: Paterno Could Be Out
John P. Martin and Jeremy Roebuck: Paterno says all at Penn State were fooled by Sandusky
- Statement by The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees
- Video on Paterno Coaching