If you thought all of the reports regarding the Jerry Sandusky scandal had been written, think again. A new report is due out today from Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The information shed by the report should have more of a political impact than it may have on the university or the football program, but fans and university administrators will be sure to keep a watchful eye on the findings.
Kane holds the position previously held by current Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. This is important because the attorney general’s office did not get involved with any investigation into the Sandusky crimes until 2009, a year after authorities filed a complaint about Sandusky. Kane has suggested Corbett had some political motive to slow down any investigation into the former Penn State assistant coach. Corbett was a trustee, but denied Kane’s allegation. It took nearly three years before any charges were filed against Sandusky, who is now serving a 30-60 year sentence for his sexual abuse crimes against young boys.
Three former Penn State officials — Former athletics director Tim Curley and vice president of finance Gary Schultz, and former university president Graham Spanier — currently await trial in Harrisburg for their involvement in the response to the Sandusky crimes.
Penn State’s football team is still digging out from the fallout of the Sandusky crimes and university response. The NCAA slammed the program with a four-year postseason ban. The NCAA took away a significant number of scholarships but has since returned some and allowed Penn State to get back to a normal scholarship limit ahead of schedule. Unless the NCAA amends any portion of the sanctions, Penn State will be ineligible for participation in the Big Ten championship game, College Football Playoff or any bowl game until the 2016 season.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.