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November 9, 2011 | By Julie DiCaro and For RedEye
If Chicagoans weren't already sickened by the allegations in the Penn State child abuse scandal, they will be after they hear Mike Ditka's defense of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. "I think it's very unfair, but that's the media," Ditka said in an interview with Action News in Philadelphia. "He did what he was supposed to do and unfortunately, great people get dragged down when stupid people do bad things. " Alas, it looks as if Joe Paterno, who was fired by university trustees Wednesday, did some bad things himself.
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November 18, 2011 | By Ashok Selvam RedEye blogger
The text arrived Thursday night, instantly sinking my heart. A Syracuse University sex scandal involving an assistant basketball coach? Really? Did karma arrive to kick me in the gut? I had just finished another self-righteous stint on my soapbox, vilifying Penn State and the horrendous crimes of which former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been accused. I bristled when thinking about a potential cover-up and possible lies. I was furious. Now, as a Syracuse graduate, I was left to fend off allegations in my own backyard.
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November 10, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Where do you start? Do you start with the accused, Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State, who's been charged with abusing children as those at the university where he was employed did nothing? Do you start with the alleged victims, boys as young as 8 years old, who will be scarred for as long as they live, longer even than football coach Joe Paterno's storied career? Do you start with the coach himself, a man so revered they call him "Pa," who didn't do enough to stop it?
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November 10, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Where do you start? Do you start with the accused, Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State, who's been charged with abusing children as those at the university where he was employed did nothing? Do you start with the alleged victims, boys as young as 8 years old, who will be scarred for as long as they live, longer even than football coach Joe Paterno's storied career? Do you start with the coach himself, a man so revered they call him "Pa," who didn't do enough to stop it?
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November 18, 2011 | By Ashok Selvam RedEye blogger
The text arrived Thursday night, instantly sinking my heart. A Syracuse University sex scandal involving an assistant basketball coach? Really? Did karma arrive to kick me in the gut? I had just finished another self-righteous stint on my soapbox, vilifying Penn State and the horrendous crimes of which former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been accused. I bristled when thinking about a potential cover-up and possible lies. I was furious. Now, as a Syracuse graduate, I was left to fend off allegations in my own backyard.
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August 30, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
The turn of the calendar to September marks an awakening for college football fans. Hats and hoodies emblazoned with alma maters are dusted off, game-day party plans are organized and preseason rankings are scrutinized. The same rituals hold true for about 4,800 Chicago-area Penn State graduates, with one notable difference: The conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges has brought severe sanctions upon the Big Ten team and has shaken the community as a whole.
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July 23, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, For RedEye
Let's make one thing clear for those of you who apparently have completely misinterpreted everything Penn State-related over the past week--the NCAA isn't punishing the innocent by levying severe sanctions against Penn State, rather they're punishing the university culture that allowed the innocent to be stripped of their innocence in the first place. The facts are there. Multiple people looked the other way while an assistant football coach sexually abused a number of children, continually allowing him to attend university functions and...
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September 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Move over, Bears. There's an undefeated football team in the Chicago area that's beating expectations - and it doesn't play at Soldier Field. The Northwestern Wildcats are 4-0 heading into this week's game in Evanston against Indiana in the opening weekend of Big Ten play. The Wildcats aren't just seeing success on the field, either. Since branding itself as "Chicago's Big Ten Team" two years ago with billboards around town, Northwestern has seen its season-ticket base for football jump 80 percent, senior associate athletic director Mike Polisky said.
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November 9, 2011 | By Julie DiCaro and For RedEye
If Chicagoans weren't already sickened by the allegations in the Penn State child abuse scandal, they will be after they hear Mike Ditka's defense of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. "I think it's very unfair, but that's the media," Ditka said in an interview with Action News in Philadelphia. "He did what he was supposed to do and unfortunately, great people get dragged down when stupid people do bad things. " Alas, it looks as if Joe Paterno, who was fired by university trustees Wednesday, did some bad things himself.
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