Paterno's Name Wiped Off Trophy; Controversy Surrounds Second Mile Charity

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Penn State's wounds are still fresh--a loss to Nebraska this weekend, the threats against and the administrative leave of coach Mike McQueary, and the embarrassing riots--but that hasn't stopped more news from Sandusky's The Second Mile charity from unraveling or a new embarrassment for long-time coach Joe Paterno to shoulder.
  • Perhaps it's a testament to damage done to Paterno's name--today the Big Ten conference wiped the Penn State coach's name off of a trophy that hasn't even been awarded yet. "The new trophy, to be awarded Dec. 3 at the inaugural Big Ten football championship game at Indianapolis, had been named for both Paterno and former University of Chicago coach Amos Alonzo Stagg," wrote ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. "It will now be known only as the Stagg Championship Trophy." 
  • Sandusky's $100,000 unsecured bail gets fishier. Unsecured, meaning Sandusky did not have to pay to walk free but would have to post $100,000 if he didn't show up for a hearing, sounds somewhat lenient for a man alleged to have committed over 40 acts of child abuse on eight different children doesn't it?  The judge who set Sandusky's bail earlier this month, Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot, is actually a donor and volunteer at his charity, The Second Mile-- where Sandusky allegedly found the young boys he allegedly abused. "She and her husband donated between $500 and $999 to The Second Mile in 2009, and she volunteered for the group, according to annual reports and her website" reports the AP. 
  • Jack Raykovitz, the president of Sandusky's Second Mile charity, resigned today. "Mr. Raykovitz testified before a grand jury that he had knowledge of allegations against Mr. Sandusky going back to 2002, according to a statement released by The Second Mile two days after Mr. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was charged with 40 counts of abusing children." noted the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Raykotvitz's resignation wasn't Second Mile's only announcement of the day--they now have a lawyer. "The group also announced it had hired Philadelphia's longtime district attorney as its new general counsel," reports the AP. 



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