Posts tagged ‘Dan Wetzel’

After the Verdict, Some Perspective

There’s plenty of diverse perspective today in the wake of Jerry Sandusky’s conviction.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo has been as good as anyone in covering the scandal, and his wrap-up column is no exception. Wetzel acknowledges what many in the national media have been unable or unwilling to over the past eight months:

“The verdict ended the fallacy that this was an area too devoted to Penn State football to render a fair and proper judgment. The anger at Sandusky was deeper than the outside world could fathom. There may have been a conspiracy to protect Sandusky … [but] none of that represents the rank and file here, not the good people who never hesitated to see Sandusky as a monster and were pained when he seemingly dragged the entire region’s reputation down with him.”

Among some of the other content worth checking out:

* A broad overview in the New York Times on the how the scandal and trial have affected Penn State thus far, and what might be next.

* An analysis by Reuters of the university’s potential liability.

* A piece in the Journal News of New York on how Sandusky’s conviction will help other male victims of sexual abuse come forward.

* A profile of sorts on Sandusky ’66, ’71g in his last hours as a free man, in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

*An NBC interview with one of the jurors who found Sandusky guilty.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

June 23, 2012 at 10:55 am 1 comment

More Recommended Reading: Preliminary Hearing

If you’re trying to get a handle on the last-minute announcement that Jerry Sandusky ’66, ’71g would waive his preliminary hearing, you’re not alone. I’ve spent part of the afternoon monitoring Twitter and checking out various news organizations’ coverage, and here’s what’s caught my eye:

Adam Smeltz ’05 of provides a good synopsis here, and the New York Times, which obviously has a broader audience, does something similar here on its college sports blog, The Quad. This MSNBC video, featuring investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, is also good, although the studio host mangles the pronunciation of Bellefonte.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talked to a couple of defense lawyers who are baffled by the strategy of Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola ’70. ESPN’s Lester Munson, a lawyer and journalist, gets into more of the details here, with everything from how the preliminary hearing can benefit the defense to whether the defense will eventually request a trial by judge, not jury. There’s a video of Bob Ley speaking with legal analyst Roger Cossack at the same link.

Dan Wetzel, a columnist for Yahoo Sports who has weighed in early and often on the scandal, has what might be one of the first opinion pieces published; he says that Sandusky’s late decision “put the accusers through the wringer.”

And while I don’t love everything that Deadspin does, this piece on the morning’s events is a really good read.

Please let us know in the comments if you’ve found other worthwhile stories.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

December 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm 4 comments

A Critique of the BCS, Tinged in Blue and White

My friend and occasional Penn Stater contributor Michael Weinreb ’94 pops up today on in a conversation with Dan Wetzel, another terrific sportswriter and author. The topic? College football’s maligned Bowl Championship Series, which Wetzel writes about (though “tears apart” might be a better way of putting it) in his not-at-all-subtly titled new book, Death to the BCS. No matter your feelings on the BCS, if you like college football, the conversation is a quick and compelling read.

Penn Staters should particularly enjoy this exchange, which comes about halfway through the conversation:

DW: Joe Paterno has had four undefeated teams not win a title. So who’s been worked over more than Joe Paterno and Penn State?

MW: You portray Paterno as the conscience of this whole thing—which, being a Penn State guy, I appreciate. But is he really one of the only coaches who’s ahead on this topic?

DW: Way ahead of the game on it. Way ahead. And what are you gonna do, rip back at Joe Paterno? He’s a smart guy. He just instinctively knows this is ridiculous. And he’s been arguing against it forever, for decades.

The GQ writer who introduces the piece also gives Mike a nice plug, calling Bigger Than the Game “the fall’s other must-read sports book.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

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