The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years.
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the “death penalty” – shutting down the Nittany Lions’ program completely – the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.
With the wins being stripped from the program, Paterno loses his title of the winningest coach in Division I NCAA football history. Until today, he had 409 official wins, bypassing legendary Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson by one win just weeks before the scandal reach full steam last fall.
It’s a move that was encouraged by the city of Grambling, LA, last week:
City attorney Pamela Breedlove sent a three-page letter to the NCAA on Wednesday explaining its case.
“Even though it was done by outside counsel, the Freeh Report was the university’s report,” Breedlove said, according to the Shreveport paper. “It said what their employees, including coach Paterno, did wrong. We’re hoping the end result of this is coach Robinson will get his record back so everyone will think a great man holds this record.”
The letter, written along with Grambling mayor Edward Jones, claims the cover-up involving the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse case violates NCAA constitutional articles 2.4 and 6.4 as well as operating bylaws articles 2.4, 11.1.1 and 11.2.1.
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Where is the evidence, the smoking gun that Paterno knew and covered up what Sandusky was doing? who does this penalty hurt more, Paterno’s memory or the kids currently at Penn State?
Planned Parenthood is at the center of yet another controversy in Chicago, Illinois, after a 24-year-old woman died following an abortion procedure. Tonya Reaves passed away on Friday evening from a hemorrhage and complications as a result of what CBS Chicago called a “dilation and evacuation.”
According to the medical examiner, the pregnancy, itself, was a contributing factor in Reaves death, but the details seem murky. In the wake of the incident, the woman’s family is seeking answers. The death, which took place after a local Planned Parenthood clinic performed the procedure, is being ruled an accident.
“We were born the same day. She was my other half,” Toni, Reaves twin sister, told CBS Chicago. “It happened so fast. She was just fine one day and then the next day she was gone. We’re just trying to figure out what happened.”
Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite responded to Reaves’ demise, writing in a statement that the organization is “shocked and saddened” after learning about the incident. “Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this patient,” she continued.
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Don’t look now, but the Muppets want a divorce. The Jim Henson Company is scrapping its kids’-meal-toy relationship with Chick-Fil-A now that the left-wing pressure is on to boycott the Christian fried-chicken chain, which is offering toys right now from the Jim Henson Creatures’ Shop line.
Muppet chieftain Lisa Henson went to Harvard and was president of Columbia Pictures, making her a progressive elite on both sides of the country. They announced on their Facebook page Friday they were strong supporters of “gay marriage” and were donating their Chick-Fil-A proceeds to the gay censorship cause:
The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is touting “The Hangover” actor Ed Helms trashing Chick-Fil-A on Twitter. Henson was the first female president of the Harvard Lampoon — after getting trashy with the Muppets:
Elected to the Lampoon in 1979 after the recital of a “filthy limerick…that involved Muppets performing sexual acts” written by then-President Andrew S. Borowitz ’80, Henson went on to preside over some of the club’s most profitable and prolific years…
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In the wake of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history – at the opening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. – an Israeli lawmaker is warning Americans to start taking security seriously at all of its movie theaters.
Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio.
“When I come to the U.S., sometimes I ask myself, ‘How come there’s no security in some location?’” Danon related. “I think in the future, we would see a change also in the U.S., not [only] against lunatics like we saw [in Colorado], but also terrorist organizations. I’m talking about checking your bag when you’re entering a mall or you’re going to a cinema.
“You are not familiar with that in the U.S., but in Israel we live with that on a daily basis,” Danon continued. “Yes, it costs us more money, but we feel safer.”
Klein asked Danon if he believed that guns “are at the center of violence or that guns protect against this kind of thing.”
“We should give guns, but the question is to whom?” Danon said. “When we give guns to the soldiers, when they go home in Israel, we feel safer to see them traveling on buses, on the train, on the street.”
But what about armed civilians?
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