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Graham Spanier to ABC News: ‘I wish I had known more’ about Sandusky


In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal last November, longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno lamented that he wished he had done more to prevent the sexual abuse of 10 young boys.

On Wednesday night’s episode of “ABC Nightly News” former PSU president Graham Spanier offered a similar plea.

“I wish in hindsight I would have known more about Jerry Sandusky and his terrible, terrible hidden past so I could have intervened,” Spanier said.

Ignorance has been Spanier’s platform for months. Of the three university officials placed directly under the Freeh report‘s microscope, Spanier is the only one who does not face criminal charges. Athletic director Tim Curley and former VP Gary Schultz, are currently facing counts of perjury.

If Spanier did know about Sandusky’s pedophile lifestyle as the Freeh report suggests, he could be punished to the fullest extent of the law for not properly reporting it to authorities. It’s not like Spanier isn’t familiar with the signs, as he too was the victim of abuse at a young age. In fact, Spanier told ABC that he’s never known “anyone who had a higher level of awareness about abuse” than him.

Yet when the subject of “horseplay” between Sandusky and Victim 2 was brought up in 2001 by Curley and Schultz, Spanier said his interpretation went elsewhere.

“I didn’t conjure up… anything more than throwing water or snapping towels,” Spanier explained. “It’s not in my nature to go around thinking the worst in people.”

In all, the interview was short and far from ground breaking. If you’re interested in more comments from Spanier, an interview with the New Yorker was published earlier today. Frankly, it’s far more inclusive and worth a read. More segments from Spaniers interview will be shown later tonight on “Nightline” and “Good Morning, America.”

Spanier’s lawyers also went on the offensive today by attacking the Freeh report findings and the indication that the former PSU president was involved in a cover-up of the crimes committed by Sandusky.

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”