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God Is Dead

"I always used to answer Penn State when asked a major program that wasn't dirty."

As Always, Joe Posnanski has the Best Take

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This time about Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno. "Joe Paterno has also been ripped in various places for not doing enough, for not reporting the incident to the police himself, for not stopping a longtime coach who, if the charges are true, is a monster. I have heard from many, many people who have strong opinions about Paterno and have reached conclusions, and I understand. But this is where my thoughts trail off… I’m writing a book about Joe Paterno. I need time. This story, for me at least, needs time. This thing is so vile, so grotesque, that it is human nature to want everyone to pay. Innocent children were hurt, scarred, and as a parent this is something so horrible that I cannot even think of a penalty harsh enough. There is no way to see this thing clearly now, not for me, anyway. Writing about Joe Paterno is a challenge for many reasons, but probably the greatest challenge is that his personality attracts extremes. He is called saint. And he is called hypocrite. He is a hero. And he is a villain. He is real. And he is a phony. And I believe deeply that he is none of these things… it wouldn’t be much fun or a challenge to write about him if he were a simple label or a simple man. I came to State College to write about a real man. I won’t tell you anything surprising: This terrible, evil story has made it harder."

As A B1G Fan, Were You Obligated To Enjoy Bama-LSU?

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As A B1G Fan, Were You Obligated To Enjoy Bama-LSU?

Post Week 10 - 2011 Bowl Projections

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Picking the BCS and B1G bowl games.

Former PSU Coach Indicted on Felony Sex Charges

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{UPDATE: PSU Athletic Director Tim Curley is being charged with failing to report the potential crimes. When Joe Paterno first heard of one allegation, he immediately reported it to Curley. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly stuff.} Well, this is a whole lot of ugly. "Sex abuse charges have been filed in Centre County against Penn State coaching legend and Second Mile charity founder Jerry Sandusky. The charges follow a more-than two year grand jury investigation that began when a Clinton County teen alleged inappropriate contact against the 67-year-old former coach. During the investigation, older allegations from 1998 surfaced as well. In the older case, Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower. The charging paperwork has not yet made it to the District Magistrate Judge's office in Centre County. However, felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of someone under 16, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault of someone under 16, indecent assault of someone under 13, and corruption of minors charges have been filed in the state court docket system. The offense dates include 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2005. There are 40 counts included in the paperwork filed against him."

Spanning The Empire: Your Week 10 Conference Open Thread

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Saturday Open Thread

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 10

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So what if the national picture still feels a bit static. The B1G race is shaping up to be one for the ages.

Mid-Season Division Arguments Part III: Let's Go Ahead and Call them Spoilers

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These teams are not going to Indy. Who else can they help join them at home?

Big Ten Digest: Week Ten

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The Digest has returned over at SB Nation Chicago, in which I talk about this week's games and make some picks on the current lines...

Mid-Season Division Arguments Part II: Breaking Down the Leaders Contenders

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What about the Leaders? Looking at where the contenders stack up in the other B1G division.

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