July 31st, 2012
04:12 AM ET

Penn State football faces first post-Paterno season

Penn State's football team returns for a preseason workout Tuesday as it heads into its first season in decades without iconic head coach Joe Paterno, who passed away in January during the tempest of a sex abuse scandal.

A pep rally is scheduled to greet arriving the Nittany Lions at 6 a.m. ET, according to a Penn State sports radio show, which called on fans to "come out to show support for the Penn State players and coaches," and lured fans to the early start with coffee and donuts.

Boosting morale could be essential for the team, which saw NCAA sanctions wipe out more than a decade's worth of wins in the aftermath the scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse against 10 male victims.

The fear of attrition hangs over the football program as the NCAA has limited the number of scholarships it can offer, while also allowing current players to transfer should they choose to leave.


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  1. francois2012


    July 31, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. PSU Alumni

    Coach Sandusky is a good man and the allegations against him still have not been proven to my satisfaction.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. HappyTom

    I hope lots of folks went to the Pep Ralley. If I was a homeless guy and lived pretty close, I would go. Free donuts is niiiiiiiiice.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    This is really awesome. Everyone loves free donuts. This shows Penn State cares.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. College f ball

    Well, at least Penn State students have a real "happy place" to go to. That's better than the happy places coach Sandusky had in mind for them. Also, in action with them younger men with tight buttocks.
    Perhaps Sandusky will magically turn-into a "christian" as is popular in prison. Maybe even a man of the other cloth. Who knows. His god is mysterious.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. College f ball

    What's funny is, after the "boys" 18th birthday, you folks are ok with it!
    Ain't that a hoot.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      No, we are not, and what a ridiculous thing to say and assume.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. College f ball

    43% of US prison inmates are openly gay, with thousands still in their closets heteros aren't allowed to have. So one more gay man, Sandusky, won't change that % much.
    But how many claim they had to go to prison to find God? Will Sandusly too make this claim and fudge the numbers. 🙂
    Obviously, Jerry Sandusky will be given the opportunity in prison to reform his ways. Let's hope he doesn't get involved with younger prisoners the way he did younger students. Or pretend to be "saved" by the lord in hopes of early release, as is the custom.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Meredith

    A person may certainly stay in their closet if they do not want their proclivities known, gay or straight. After all, it isn't anyone's business. The figures on jailhouse gays seem a little inflated. As for pedophiles, they need to be found and punished, and PSU dropped the ball on this one.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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