Posted August 29, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Adds details throughout; adds photos. With AP Photos.) By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer Among the legal questions still swirling around Penn State, one has drawn little attention but could pose a threat to the university: Did the school's handling of sex abuse allegations against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky violate the federal Title IX gender discrimination law? Title IX could be in play because the 40-year-old law - most commonly associated with access for girls and women to sports teams - has become the main framework governing how colleges and universities must respond to reports of sexual assault and ensure a safe learning environment for students. As Penn State tries to move past the scandal after Sandusky's trial, the devastating Freeh Report and unprecedented NCAA penalties - the football team opens play Saturday -Title IX is potentially more than a legal afterthought. The reason: Not only have Title IX lawsuits produced some of the most expensiv...

Why Penn State’s Ban of “Sweet Caroline” is Good for the Program

Penn State’s recent ban of Neil Diamond’s famed song “Sweet Caroline” reflects on the delicate nature of the current state of public relations between organizations and the media. Following the galvanizing controversy regarding Jerry Sandusky and the sex abuse trial, Penn State cannot risk even going near the subject of “touching”. This banning of the famous love song...

Penn State Doing Penn State

[DailyCollegian] Penn State students returning to State College for the fall semester made the weekend a busy one for local police. Alcohol-related incidents topped the weekend activities with 27 reports of underage drinking and four reports of driving under the influence, according to the Penn State University Police Daily Activity and Fire Log. Nine people were transported to...

AP: Review says Sandusky fits sex predator status

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been recommended for designation as a sexually violent predator, a legal status that would require lifetime registration with authorities, according to a person who has read an assessment board's report to a judge in the case. The recommendation from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board was disclosed to The Associated...

Paterno family adjusts to new era at Penn State

Penn State's season opener this Saturday will be the first since 1965 not featuring someone with the last name Paterno on the sidelines. They're out of the picture, like the campus statue of the family patriarch; erased like his coaching records. But the family will be in Beaver Stadium in spirit, if not watching from a skybox - a sign that through the turmoil of the past...

PSU coach O'Brien stands by Ficken

Penn State is sticking with kicker Sam Ficken. The sophomore had an extra-point attempt blocked and missed four kicks in last week's 17-16 loss at Virginia, including the potential game-winner from 42 yards in a heavy drizzle. Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that Ficken is working hard to improve. He said everything else needs to get better, too, like the protection, snaps...

How Will “Paterno” Be Remembered?

Vince Lombradi once said “Winning isn’t everything—but wanting to win is.”  It seems longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and Lombardi admirer, will forever be remembered as the coach who turned a blind eye to a defensive coordinator who turned out to be a serial child molester of boys all in the name of winning.  In Joe Posnanski’s new biography “Paterno”...

Penn State bans Sweet Caroline; a move without a purpose

Penn State bans Sweet Caroline; should have done it years ago.

Danger abounds for colleges moving up to FBS

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer Hungry for glory and perhaps a little gold, five schools are in the process of moving up to college football's top level, the Football Bowl Subdivision, as the season kicks off this weekend. To some seasoned higher education observers, the gamble sounds like buying a pet python: Sure, it'll get the neighbors talking...

CALLING CARD: LB Michael Mauti

Get the latest on the Nittany Lion squad from senior linebacker Michael Mauti here.

Badgers Release Full Schedule

Beginning January 3rd with a home match-up against Penn State and finishing the year March 10th at Penn State, Wisconsin basketball will have a challenging path toward a Big Ten conference title.

NITWITS TV: Ohio Preview

Watch FOS Editor Mark Brennan and the Nitwits crew as the preview Penn State's opening clash with Ohio and the 2012 season.

Bill O'Brien PC Wrap's Greg Pickel and Mark Brennan give the lowdown on the new Penn State coach's first regular-season press conference at Beaver Stadium.
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