The Penn State football team started its first season since former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
The Nittany Lions' home game against Ohio UniversityÂ also will be the first timeÂ since 1966 that the team starts a season without Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, who died in January, two months after the board of trustees fired him for allegedlyÂ failing to take his knowledge of the scandal to appropriate authorities.
Though Sandusky was convicted in June, many parts of the Sandusky matter have not been resolved. Here is where things stand in the scandal:
Two former Penn State officials face trial; state's investigation continues
Two former Penn State officials – former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President Gary Schulz –Â each are charged with one count of felony perjury and one count of failure to report abuse allegations. They have pleaded not guilty; a trial is tentatively scheduled for January 7.
In July, a Penn State-commissioned report led by former FBI Director Louis FreehÂ gave a scathing account of what the university allegedly knew and when. It alleges Curley, Schultz, then-Penn State President Graham SpanierÂ and Paterno concealed child sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky.
A grand jury still is investigating the Sandusky case. SpanierÂ has not been charged. Pennsylvania's attorney general said the Freeh Report "will not hinder the continuing work of our statewide investigating grand jury, nor will it impact ongoing criminal prosecutions."
AttorneysÂ for Curley, Schultz and Spanier have criticized the Freeh report, saying it is incomplete and inaccurate.
Sources close to the case told the Harrisburg Patriot-NewsÂ in July that three men claimed they were sexually abused by Sandusky as early as the 1970s - at least two decades sooner than the cases for which Sandusky was convicted. The attorney generalâs office hasnât said whether more charges will be filed.
Sandusky, who was found guilty of 45 counts, was sentenced on October 9 to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison with credit for time served. He was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky maintains he is innocent.
Penn State already has been named in several civil lawsuits, and more are possible. The latest lawsuit, filed in August by a man authorities called "Victim 1," accuses the school of concealing the abuse. The first suit, filed against the school, Sandusky and the charity that Sandusky founded for disadvantaged youths, The Second Mile, was filed in November.
Penn State's primary general liability insurer, the Pennsylvania Manufacturer's Association Insurance Co., has been fighting the school in court, saying it shouldn't have to cover claims relating to the scandal. The company alleges the schoolÂ did not provide it with timely information about Sandusky's behaviorÂ relevant to the insurable risk the association assumed.
The university has said it believes it has sufficient resources and insurance coverage to address "the financial obligations which may arise from known and expected litigation and claims as well as other costs associated with recent events.â The schoolâs president has said that no tuition, state or philanthropic money will be used to pay costs relating to the Sandusky matter, including legal defense or public relations efforts.
Department of Education investigation
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Penn State's compliance with the Clery Act, a federal law thatÂ requires universities to report crimes on or near campus and provide timely warnings if reported crimes threaten the campus community.
The law carries fines of up to $27,500 per violation. Schools that fail to comply with the Clery Act also can be suspended from the federal financial aid program, according to the Department of Education.
Penn State warned by accreditation group
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which grants academic accreditation to Penn State, in August warned the school that it is in danger of losing that crucial status because of the Sandusky scandal.
Were the commission to pull Penn State's accreditation, the school would face the loss of eligibility for federal student aid programs, guaranteed student loans, federal research grants and could lose eligibility for state aid.
Penn State will resolve the commission's concerns, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Blannie Bowen has said.
Charity's plan to shut down is on hold
Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile, asked a court in May for permission to transfer its programs to another charity. But in August - in agreement with the state attorney general's office and some of Sandusky's victims - it said it was asking the court to disregard the request.
The latest move "will allow any pending or future claims filed by Jerry Sandusky's victims to be resolved before key programs or assets are considered for transfer," the charity said on its website.
Several of Sandusky's victims had been part of The Second Mile.
The charity has continued to offer programs, including summer camps and a mentoring system.
After the Freeh Report was issued, the NCAA on July 23 banned Penn State's football team from the postseason for four years. The school also vacated its wins from 1998 to 2011, and will lose 20 football scholarships a year for four seasons.
Penn State says that because of the NCAA sanctions, the school will have to return all the football trophies it won from 1998 to 2011.
Some football players transferred over the summer, including star tailback Silas Redd, who left for the University of Southern California.