Penn State Community Shaken By Sex Abuse Scandal

Number of victims in Sandusky sex case reportedly nearing 20


Earlier today it was reported that the number of alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal had increased by one, climbing from the eight mentioned in the grand jury’s indictment to nine after a male in his 20s came forward to the state police Sunday.

Reportedly, the number of victims alleging sexual abuse at the hands of the former Penn State defensive coordinator is actually double the number it was this morning.

FOX 29 in Philadelphia is reporting this evening that the number of potential victims is now closer to 20 following a spate of new allegations of sexual abuse.  During a press conference Monday, state law enforcement officials publicized phone numbers for potential victims or tipsters to call.  Those calls have left investigators with new leads to follow and, apparently, additional alleged victims.

A preliminary hearing that was set for Wednesday has been rescheduled for Dec. 7.

It remains unclear at this time when head coach Joe Paterno, or any other high-ranking school official such as president Graham Spanier for that matter, will publicly address the flood of criticism the university has received for its handling of allegations that date back to the nineties, and have also led to reports that this will be Paterno’s last season on the sidelines.  A regularly scheduled press conference for today was canceled less than an hour before it was scheduled to begin, although there’s speculation one could take place tomorrow.

In lieu of that cancellation, however, Paterno held an impromptu “press conference” with students and fans who gathered outside of his home tonight in a show of support for the legendary coach.  Here’s the YouTube video of that surreal scene, courtesy of


Rutgers reinstates WR Leonte Carroo to football team

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28:  Wide receiver Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights makes a touchdown catch on the first play of the game against the Washington State Cougars at CenturyLink Field on August 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.

In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program.  The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”

The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend.  Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.

Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension.  He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.

Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns.  He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.

Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).

Pig Howard dismissed by Vols

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 5: Pig Howard #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers fumbles the ball through the end zone during overtime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.

On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program.  Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.

Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before.  It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.

Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina.  He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.

The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively.  He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.