Penn State latest: It's always darkest before it goes pitch black

Monday July 16th, 2012

Another lingering Penn State story: the fate of Joe Paterno's statue. (AP)

Because more reading on the Jerry Sandusky case is just what you need to perk up your Monday afternoon, here are three more stories to throw on the Penn State tire fire. First up, in chronological order, from Saturday's New York Times: a report on Joe Paterno's contract negotiations, which got an early start in January 2011, and which benefited the Paterno family after his death.

The board of trustees ultimately agreed to make good on the full package anyhow, and in April paid what was owed to the Paternos. Additional demands, like the desire by Mr. Paterno’s wife to make use of the athletic department’s hydrotherapy facilities, were met. The board did draw the line at the family’s request to use the university’s corporate jet, arguing that the contract limited that use to the coach himself. And it refused the family’s demand to retain use of the stadium box next to the university president’s, the one reserved for the head coach, offering the family the choice of two other suites on a different floor.

Next up, Dan Wetzel's Sunday column, contrasting Graham Spanier's actions during the Curtis Enis affair with his handling of Sandusky:

Enis was immediately declared ineligible, and cited as a stain on Penn State's so-called "grand experiment" of creating a healthy balance between academics and athletics. The agent, meanwhile, was reported to the NCAA and the local district attorney, banned from ever setting foot on Penn State's campus ("persona non grata" Spanier declared), charged with a crime and publicly shamed by the president himself so everyone understood the evil and danger he represented.
Finally, from this morning's Patriot-News: You may be shocked to learn the Paterno family did not care for the conclusions of the Freeh Report. The statement begins: "Following the release of the grand jury findings last fall, Joe Paterno called for a thorough, fair and transparent investigation. Like everyone else, Joe was stunned at the charges that were filed against Jerry Sandusky." You can decide for yourselves whether "stunned" is really the best verb to use here.

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