Penn State Abuse

Penn State to renovate facility where Sandusky abuse took place


Wisely, Penn State is renovating the showers and locker room of the Lasch building on Penn State’s campus — the site where former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused multiple victims.

University spokesman David La Torre announced the move Friday, but plans to renovate the building have been in development since last Novemeber when Sandusky was arrested. However, the renovations can’t actually begin moving forward with the project until all legal proceedings in the case are over.

Sandusky filed a notice yesterday appealing his conviction on 45 counts of child-sex abuse, the same day as the release of the Freeh report investigating Penn State’s actions in the Sandusky scandal. The report was most critical of former coach Joe Paterno, as well as athletic director Tim Curley, as well as former VP Gary Schultz and former president Graham Spanier. Curley and Schultz are facing perjury charges, and Spanier is set to appear in a Centre County court next month for a hearing in his lawsuit against PSU.

Additionally, legal experts told the Associated Press that if Paterno were alive today, he too could be facing criminal charges.

The decision to renovate the Lasch building and essentially wipe clean the horrific events that took place there was a necessity, and one of many moves Penn State needs to take to move on from the worst sports-related scandal in, well, ever.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.