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Trustees Meet To Discuss NCAA Sanctions

Another day, another unexpected development on campus.

This time, it was an impromptu Board of Trustees meeting. A portion of the board gathered at The Penn Stater Conference Center at 5 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the unprecedented NCAA sanctions handed down Monday and the consent decree that President Rodney Erickson had signed, signaling Penn State’s intention to abide by the sanctions. Reports had surfaced indicating that some trustees were unhappy with the decision and didn’t think they had been adequately informed.

About the time that the meeting started, Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN’s Outside the Lines settled some of the controversy in this story, in which Erickson said he was told July 17 that a majority of NCAA officials favored a four-year death penalty. NCAA president Mark Emmert confirmed that to Van Natta. Penn State lobbied for the death penalty to be taken off the table, and the reason Erickson signed the consent decree was suddenly more clear.

Reporters, of course, showed up at The Penn Stater this evening ready to ask questions. Turned out, no one answered any. Police were stationed outside the room where the trustees met, and eventually a barricade was installed, preventing anyone from walking down the hall to the room. Erickson left the meeting at a little after 7 p.m. and waved to a couple of reporters who followed him to the parking lot, but he didn’t comment. About an hour later, trustees began leaving one by one, through various doors. (The Penn Stater hotel has some maze-like properties.) Reporters encountered only a few of them, and everyone declined comment.

They did release a statement, which you can find here. It says, in part, “The Board finds the punitive sanctions difficult and the process with the NCAA unfortunate. But as we understand it, the alternatives were worse … The University and board resolve to move forward together to recognize the historical excellence in Penn State’s academic and athletic programs. We anticipate and look forward to demonstrating our outstanding performance in complying with the sanctions.”

No vote was needed, the statement said, and none was taken.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

July 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm 3 comments

A Freeh Report Reading List

Penn State Trustee Ken Frazier ’75 chaired the investigative task force that hired Louis Freeh.

As the Penn State community continues to reel from the release of the Freeh Report, the national media has been busy weighing in on the findings and the fallout. Following the coverage can be overwhelming, but here are some articles from the past four days that are worth a read:

Guides to the Freeh Report

“A Guide to the Penn State Investigation”: From The Chronicle of Higher Education, an annotated summary of the report’s most significant findings.

“Analysis: Freeh report sheds new light on Jerry Sandusky scandal, but needs context”: Sara Ganim ’08 breaks down the important revelations, and identifies some of the report’s shortcomings. “It’s not the whole picture,” she writes.

The Paterno Statue

“After Report, Calls to Remove Paterno Statue at Penn State”: From The New York Times’ “The Lede” blog, a collection of Facebook and Twitter comments calling for the removal of the Joe Paterno statue immediately after the report’s release.

“Penn State denies decision made on Joe Paterno statue”: An update on the future of the statue and other landmarks bearing Paterno’s name and image.

Paterno’s Legacy

“Joe Paterno, at the end, showed more interest in his legacy than Jerry Sandusky’s victims”: “Everything else about Paterno must now be questioned,” writes Sally Jenkins, the Washington Post reporter who interviewed Paterno before his death, in one of the harshest pieces out there.

Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even as Scandal Played Out“: A New York Times report on Paterno’s retirement contract, which it says was worked out long before Paterno announced his retirement last Nov. 9.

“A Failed Experiment”: At, Michael Weinreb ’94 reflects on Penn State’s moral culture, concluding, “The Grand Experiment is a failure, and the entire laboratory is contaminated.”

NCAA and the Death Penalty

Amidst handfuls of articles weighing the pros and cons of the NCAA-imposed “death penalty” at Penn State, here is a take from each side: 

“Should Penn State Football Get the Death Penalty?”: Slate’s Josh Levin advocates for a temporary shutdown of Penn State football.

“In calls for justice at Penn State, NCAA death penalty would be injustice”: Columnist David Whitley takes the opposite stance: “When it comes to punishment, Penn State will have an unprecedented amount without the NCAA getting involved.”

Penn State Pride

“‘We Are Penn State’ and What That Means Today”: John Milewski ’79 on accountability as an alum.”For me, the burden of being Penn State includes taking responsibility for being part of the myth machine that brought us to where we are today.”

“I Went to Penn State—But Don’t Pity Me”: Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g on finding comfort—and pride—among fellow Penn Staters.

“Ashamed for Joe Paterno and Penn State’s leaders, but still proud of my school”: A strong alumni voice since November, LaVar Arrington ’00 believes supporting Penn State is the way to rebuild. “A big mistake would be making this all about loving or hating Paterno.”

What articles/links do you recommend? Share them in the comments below.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

July 17, 2012 at 8:21 am 7 comments

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