Jerry Sandusky conviction: 5 years later, still many unresolved issues

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Jerry Sandusky conviction: 5 years later, still many unresolved issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- It's been five years since ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. His appeal is just one of many issues related to the scandal that are still working their way through the courts.

A look at some of the pending legal cases:

Sandusky's appeal
Sandusky, 73, is pursuing an appeal under the state's Post Conviction Relief Act as he serves a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. After several court hearings in the matter, Sandusky's lawyers are currently drafting proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law. After that, state prosecutors will get a chance to respond. The judge in the case has indicated he plans to rule later this year.

His appeals lawyers say the central issues involve a claim that Sandusky did not get effective representation by his attorneys during the 2012 trial. They argue that prosecutors should have turned over information that some of Sandusky's victims had changed their stories, and that grand jury leaks compromised the fairness of the proceedings.

They also say Sandusky should have been advised against giving an interview to NBC sportscaster Bob Costas shortly after his arrest.

Sandusky is seeking dismissal of charges, a longshot, or to be granted a new trial.

"We're making some very serious allegations," said his current lawyer, Al Lindsay. "We think we're entitled to get one."

A spokesman for the attorney general's office says prosecutors believe Sandusky's conviction will be upheld.

Penn State administrators
Former president Graham Spanier was convicted by a jury in March of misdemeanor child endangerment for his failure to notify child-welfare authorities of a 2001 complaint about Sandusky apparently sexually abusing a boy in a campus shower. Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz had earlier pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Sandusky was not arrested until a decade later after authorities got an anonymous tip. At least four of Sandusky's victims testified that they suffered abuse in the years after the shower incident.

All three former Penn State administrators are scheduled to report to county prison July 15 to serve two or three months.

Spanier, 68, earlier this month filed a motion seeking to have his conviction overturned or to get a new trial. His lawyers have argued the statute of limitations had expired, and are disputing that there is proof that his actions fit the crime for which he was found guilty. Prosecutors say they're confident his conviction will be upheld. He's facing two months in jail, followed by house arrest.

Curley, 63, has asked that his three-month jail sentence be revised so he will serve seven months of house arrest. Curley told the judge he has incurable lung cancer and liver damage.

Schultz, 67, has asked the judge to reconsider the portion of his sentence that calls for two months in jail, instead wanting to serve the sentence as six months of house arrest. He cited a family member's health problems.

State prosecutors have deferred the house arrest decisions to the judge, who hasn't ruled.

Spanier V. Penn State, Spanier V. Freeh
Spanier is pursuing a lawsuit against Penn State, where he still works, accusing it of violating an agreement made when he was forced out as president days after Sandusky's arrest. He claims the school has not lived up to the terms of the agreement regarding office space, teaching options and legal fees, and has improperly made public statements critical of him.

Penn State's countersuit alleges Spanier violated his employment agreement by not disclosing what he knew about Sandusky. Spanier is trying to get that claim dismissed.

Spanier also has a pending defamation lawsuit against former FBI director Louis Freeh, who led a team that produced a university-commissioned report into the Sandusky scandal in 2012 that was highly critical of Spanier. It seeks damages for reputational and economic harm he claims resulted from the report. In his defense, Freeh's lawyers cited Spanier's conviction in a new filing last month.

Paterno family V. NCAA
A judge recently granted both sides permission to file under seal documents in a lawsuit by the family of Joe Paterno, who supervised Sandusky, against the NCAA. The lawsuit claims the NCAA damaged the Paterno estate's commercial interests by its use of the Freeh report, which alleged Paterno and other administrators hushed up the 2001 complaint against Sandusky for fear of bad publicity.

The Paternos have said the coach did nothing wrong. His son Jay and a fellow former assistant football coach are also suing, claiming the Freeh report rendered them unable to find comparable work. Jay Paterno was recently elected by alumni to the Penn State board. Joe Paterno died in 2012, just months after he was fired, following Sandusky's arrest.

Penn State tops Utah to win NIT championship

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Penn State tops Utah to win NIT championship

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NEW YORK -- Flavor Flav had his red cap flipped backward as he pulled out his iPhone on the Madison Square Garden court. Flav held the camera steady and recorded cousin Shep Garner clip the final strands of the championship net and wave it toward the Penn State die-hards.

Flav's T-shirt at the NIT said it all for the Nittany Lions: Believe the hype!

Garner hit the 3-pointer that brought rapper and reality star Flavor Flav to his feet and helped send Penn State on its way to an NIT title in an 82-66 victory over Utah on Thursday night.

The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions (26-13) also knocked off No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the tournament en route to winning their first NIT title since 2009.

"This means the whole world to me right now ," Flavor Flav said.

They were pretty pumped in Happy Valley, too.

"I think we set the standard," Garner said. "We preach defense and rebounding, but now we have something we can always go to. We won something. We're champions."

Flavor Flav, member of the seminal `80s rap group Public Enemy, sang along to "Fight the Power" as it blasted in the Garden and had the PSU student section chanting "Flav! Flav! Flav!" as the Nittany Lions pulled away for a program-defining championship under coach Pat Chambers.

Lamar Stevens scored 28 points, Josh Reaves had 18 and Tony Carr had 15 points and 14 assists for Penn State.

Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center has a long-standing reputation as one of the dreariest arenas in college basketball. Penn State fans, from rappers to silver-haired alumni, packed the Garden all the way to the last row of the upper deck.

Penn State football coach James Franklin, who led the program to a Pinstripe Bowl victory in 2014, was in the house. Flavor Flav stole the show a few rows behind the PSU bench. Wearing a T-shirt that read "33 Shep Garner," Flavor Flav danced all night in his seat. Flavor Flav popped his T-shirt and raised the roof in the same arena where Public Enemy once tore down the house.

"I think we've proven to teams across the country that Penn State basketball is here to stay," Chambers said.

The clutch moment came in the third quarter when Garner -- who became Penn State's career 3-point leader in the tournament run -- hit a 3 for his first basket of the game and a 49-41 lead that had the fans going wild.

"To see my cousin break records, win trophies, all that, he deserves it," Flavor Flav said. "The whole team deserves it."

Reaves hit a crashing layup on a three-point play that stretched the lead to 11 and Stevens wagged his tongue toward the PSU fans on a jumper that helped blow open the game.

Flavor Flav raised an arm in the air when Garner sank a 3 early in the fourth for a 68-49 edge that all but put this one away.

The final minutes certainly put some flava in your ear -- half the MSG crowd chanted "We Are!" and the other half bellowed "Penn State!"

Yeah, boy!

Sedrick Barefield hit six 3s and scored 22 points for second-seeded Utah (23-12).

"You're always kind of watching the NIT and maybe you think of it as the consolation prize or whatever," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "They have no idea how cool this was for us."

Big picture
Utah: David Collette, Justin Bibbins and Tyler Rawson are among the seniors moving on. ... Bibbins scored 15 points.

Penn State: Stevens reached 1,000 career points was named most outstanding player. ... Chambers, a former assistant coach under Jay Wright at Villanova, took over in 2011 and has struggled to find any kind of regular success. The Nittany Lions have never made the NCAA Tournament under Chambers and they'll have just their second winning record in seven seasons. But Penn State's 26 wins are second-highest in program history. The Nittany Lions won a record 27 games in 2008-09.

Big crowd
The 11,175 fans at MSG were the most for an NIT final since 2005.

"And you say we're a football school," Chambers cracked.

Something different
The NIT was a bit of a mad scientist in the college basketball lab. The game featured four 10-minute quarters. The tournament also implemented the FIBA 3-point line (22 feet, 1.75 inches), NBA-width lane of 16 inches, and a 20-second shot clock following offensive rebounds.

Penn State dominates Mississippi State to reach NIT title game

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Penn State dominates Mississippi State to reach NIT title game

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NEW YORK -- Nearly a month after Penn State was bounced out of the Big Ten Tournament, the Nittany Lions are back at Madison Square Garden with another chance to win a championship.

Tony Carr scored 21 points, Shep Garner added 18 while breaking the school record for career 3-pointers and Penn State routed Mississippi State 75-60 in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals Tuesday night.

"Of course we were a little disappointed not to make the (NCAA) Tournament, but we made another goal," Garner said. "We saw we were in the NIT and our goal was to get to New York and win it. That's what everyone wants to do. We put ourselves in position to do so."

The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions (25-13) will play No. 2 seed Utah for the title Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

After the score was tied 9-all, Penn State ended the first quarter on a 9-2 run. From there, the Nittany Lions opened the second with a 19-0 spurt capped by Garner's 3 off an assist from Carr to make it 37-11.

With football coach James Franklin cheering from the stands, Penn State went up 42-23 at halftime and led by as many as 27.

Mississippi State (25-12) wasn't able to get within 20 again until there was 7:56 left in the game. Abdul Ado's dunk made it 65-47, but that was the closest the Bulldogs got before the waning moments.

"We were really impatient," Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. "Once we started falling behind, we got anxious and we were shooting quick. Quick, bad shots and it just like, snowballed."

Tyson Carter scored 19 points off the bench to lead No. 4 seed Mississippi State. Ado had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Lamar Stevens scored 17 for Penn State, which shot 11 of 20 from 3-point territory. Carr had six assists and five rebounds.

Big picture
Penn State: While the Nittany Lions would have preferred to play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, they made the NIT for the first time under seventh-year coach Pat Chambers. Penn State's last trip to the NIT title game was in 2009, when it beat Baylor for the crown. The school's only other appearance in the final was a loss to Minnesota in 1998.

Mississippi State: With just one senior on the roster, the Bulldogs will return most of their team and have something positive to build off as they try to move up the rankings in the rugged SEC next season.

Record producer
With his six 3-pointers, Garner broke Penn State's record for 3s in an NIT along with the school mark of 332 held by Pete Lisicky (1995-98). Garner also had six 3s in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal loss to Purdue, giving him 12 in his last two games at Madison Square Garden and 334 for his career.

"They say the record is an individual record, but I've had a lot of teammates that had a lot to do with the record," Garner said. "A lot of people that set screens for me to get me open, break passes to them, they put it right on the button for me and I just finish the job. That's a team record. It's a lot of people that had stuff to do with it. I tip my hat to my teammates and my coaches to put me in a position to do something special like that."

Up next
Penn State: Will try to win the second NIT championship in school history when it faces Utah (23-11), which beat Western Kentucky 69-64 in the first semifinal.

Mississippi State: Starts preparing for a promising 2018-19 season.