STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier sat courtside at the school's men's basketball game against Nebraska on Saturday, making a rare high-profile appearance as he awaits trial on charges he hushed up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Spanier told The Patriot-News at halftime that he was ``invited'' to attend the game but wouldn't say by whom. He then said he ``wasn't giving interviews.'' Nebraska narrowly edged out Penn State for the win, 68-64.
Spanier had been Penn State's president for 16 years when he was forced out after Sandusky's November 2011 arrest. He remains a faculty member but was placed on paid leave. He also served as chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1991 to 1995.
Sandusky, who spent decades on the Penn State staff and was defensive coordinator during two national championship seasons, was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence and maintains his innocence.
Spanier was charged last November with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected child abuse and conspiracy. Former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President Gary Schultz face the same charges.
The three are awaiting a preliminary hearing and have denied the accusations.
The abuse scandal rocked Penn State, bringing down Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno and leading the NCAA, college sports' governing body, to levy unprecedented sanctions against the university's football program.
A university-sanctioned investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh accused Spanier and Paterno of participating in a cover-up to protect the school's image.
Paterno died almost a year ago. His family has firmly denied the allegations of a cover-up.
In Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, Terry McLaurin introduced himself to opposing defenses, specifically the Eagles secondary, as he racked up 125 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.
Since then, the rookie receiver has continued to showcase his talent, establishing himself as Washington's No. 1 target and a pass catcher that all teams should fear. Through incredible catches and strong runs after the receptions, he's shown he can do it all.
So with the Eagles coming to town in Week 15 for a divisional battle, what would he do for an encore? It didn't take long for Philadelphia to find out.
Catching a pass from Dwayne Haskins on a slant, McLaurin turned upfield, left the secondary in the dust and sprinted into the end zone for a 75-yard score to give Washington a 7-3 lead in the first half.
Not only did the touchdown show McLaurin's ability, but it also displayed the growing connection between him and Haskins. Teammates in college, the two are still continuing to get more comfortable with each other. Plays like that are a sign of things to come, something that will please Redskins fans and even get a smile out of their former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who was reportedly in attendance for Sunday's game.
If McLaurin is doing this in his rookie year, the Eagles are not going to enjoy the coming years.
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According to a report from Ian Rapoport, there’s one team that could ruin a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore.
Rapoport reported on Sunday morning that the Tennessee Titans were one team that appears poised to claim the 37-year-old outside linebacker.
The Titans entered Sunday at 8-5 and tied for the division lead in the AFC South.
A connection for Suggs in Tennessee is Dean Pees, who was a linebackers coach for the Ravens from 2010 and 2011 before he became defensive coordinator, a role he held from 2012-2017. He became the Titans defensive coordinator in 2018.
The Ravens don’t have much power when it comes to bringing the franchise icon to Baltimore, as they are currently last on the waiver wire.
Suggs will be on waivers until Monday at 4 p.m., where he’ll find out which team — if any — claimed the former Defensive Player of the Year.
Adam Schefter previously reported that Suggs might not report to the team that claims him, should it not be the Ravens.
Whatever the case is with Suggs, the resolution is coming by Monday evening.
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