Who is Mark Emmert, NCAA President?


He was the President of University of Washington at this time–read on!!

Suit revived over UW response to alleged rape by athlete

The state appeals court breathed new life Monday into a lawsuit that accused the University of Washington of minimizing an allegation of…

By Jonathan Martin and Ken Armstrong

Seattle Times staff reporters

 Jim BATES / THE SEATTLE TIMES
 Roc Alexander left the Husky football team in 2004, when he joined the NFL. He is now with the Houston Texans.

The state appeals court breathed new life Monday into a lawsuit that accused the University of Washington of minimizing an allegation of rape against a Husky football player and treating his accuser with “deliberate indifference.”

In a 42-page opinion, a three-judge appeals panel cited “ample evidence” to argue before a jury that the UW tried to keep quiet the 2001 allegation against former Huskies player Roc Alexander by discouraging the accuser from filing a police report, opting instead for a face-to-face mediation session between her and Alexander.

The appellate opinion did not rule on the facts but found that the lawsuit — filed by a former UW student — was improperly dismissed in 2005 by King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer. The ruling sends the case back for trial.

The plaintiff, identified in the court ruling only by her initials, said in an interview Monday that she saw the appellate ruling as a welcome sign of support after seven years of seeking help.

“It’s definitely been an uphill battle to prove I was mistreated,” she said. “Finally, the courts are on my side — at least for now.”

Alexander was a freshman on the UW’s Rose Bowl-winning 2000 team. That squad was recently profiled in a Seattle Times series that examined how the UW, the courts and other community institutions responded to allegations of criminal conduct by some players.

The plaintiff sued Alexander and the UW in 2004. Alexander settled for an undisclosed sum. A second woman, also a UW student, likewise sued Alexander, accusing him of rape. Alexander settled that lawsuit as well.

Andrew Cooley, the UW’s attorney in the lawsuit, denied that the university acted improperly, saying the plaintiff had not disclosed she’d been raped. “The first time rape was even mentioned was when she sued us,” Cooley said.

The UW has not decided whether it will appeal the ruling.

The court ruling detailed the allegations of the plaintiff and her interactions with Alexander and the university. The plaintiff’s suit against the university cited a violation of Title IX, the federal law forbidding discrimination in educational programs.

In 2000, as the Huskies were in California preparing for the Rose Bowl, the plaintiff, then a freshman working for the athletic department, began a consensual relationship with Alexander. She ended the relationship in 2001, when she said Alexander physically threatened her during sex, according to the court ruling.

A few days later, the plaintiff alleged, Alexander forced his way into her dormitory room and raped her. She did not report it at first, she said, in part out of fear of losing her job, according to the ruling.

Thank you, Ohio State Alumnus–A Level Head At Last!


“As a graduate of The Ohio State University, I never thought that I would be writing about anything that related to Penn State. But, I can no longer take the ignorance and lynch mob mentality of many of the media outlets, as well as the general populace. It has always amazed me that we (readers and listeners of mass media) have become so lazy that we swallow every morsel of so called news as gospel. Lest we forget that the media must sell their wares in order to remain in business. With the advent of ever evolving technology that task has become increasing more difficult. As a result, the media too have evolved. What used to be a respected profession, where journalistic integrity and the reporting of the facts were not only the norm, but were sacred and guarded, has now become a mission to remain relevant and profitable. Their integrity and reporting of the facts have often taken a back seat to the sensationalizing of some facet of the news. It’s no longer good enough to simply report the facts and allow the readers or listeners to form their own judgment or opinion. Many articles today are merely watered down editorials with morsels of the truth thrown in so one could call it a news article. I believe that the media are the most powerful people in the world. We have been led to believe, in fact brain washed in a sense, to accept the words of the media as an unbiased and fair representation of the facts. The Sandusky Sex Scandal, or as it’s better know the Penn State Sex Scandal… because the word “Sandusky” won’t sell as many papers or TV ads as “Penn State”, is a prime example of the media gone wrong. I continue to be amazed by the irrational comments from generally intelligent people. Their naive acceptance of the media’s portrayal of the students/athletes, as well as Joe Paterno and other officials at Penn State is very bothersome to me and it should be to you. For those of us who have actually read Louis Freeh’s report (which is the most comprehensive study about the Sandusky Sex Scandal) with an open mind, it must make you wonder about a number of things. One of the most basic tenets of the entire document has been largely ignored by media. The report clearly states that in 1998 an investigation took place regarding Sandusky and alleged misconduct with young boys. The District Attorney along with the police department and several state organizations conducted numerous interviews. School officials, parents and alleged victims were all questioned. The investigation was closed and no charges were filed. Sandusky should have been stopped in 1998. He wasn’t. The report went on to say that law enforcement and child welfare officials were ill equipped and not sufficiently trained to adequately recognize and handle adolescent sexual abuse. What? Why isn’t that the headline? Apparently, that won’t sell as many ads or newspapers. That one sentence shines a whole new light on this entire tragedy. If the professionals who are hired to serve and protect didn’t have the proper knowledge, training and education as it pertained to adolescent abuse, what makes everyone think that a football coach or academic officials should? However, not one media outlet picked up on that and reported the finding. Apparently, it wasn’t sensational enough. In 2001, having been through a Sandusky investigation just three years prior, Joe Paterno reported yet another incident to school officials. Knowing the result of the 1998 investigation, one might understand (not condone, but understand) why, after the initial report was filed, there was limited follow up on the part of Joe Paterno. There’s no doubt that Paterno and school officials made some horrendous decisions. But, so did the law enforcement personnel and state agencies who were supposed to be knowledgeable about pedophiles and their characteristics. I question why the media and many of you are holding a football coach and an administration to a higher standard than law enforcement and agencies whose job it is to protect all of us? Would you hold Child Protective Services, State Police or the District Attorney responsible if the Nittany Lions lost a football game? Of course not. It’s irrational and idiotic. I’m not downplaying the acts of Sandusky. They were horrific! Further, I’m not defending anyone, but simply pointing out the fact that the mob is trying to condemn Penn State’s current students, athletes and officials for grievous acts committed 12 or 14 years ago. For the most part, today’s student body at Penn State were just getting out of diapers when these acts occurred. How is it rational or just for them to be punished? One final thought. During the same time frame of 12 to 14 years, the students at Penn State have raised and donated nearly $100 million dollars for research and a cure for pediatric cancer. Thousands of young lives have been saved or made better because of the students at Penn State. Let’s stop casting aspersions and not forget all of the good they have done. So, before you jump on the band wagon, perhaps you should know the facts and not just what the media want you to believe. I’m proud to be a Buckeye, but feel very sad for the victims, students and everyone who calls Happy Valley home.”

You, the Media, Failed Penn State–We Are More than Football!


 Written by Jesse Lillo

Your claim to understand the “Penn State Culture” is a bit like taking a   picture of the Eiffel Tower and calling yourself a Frenchman. The truth is, few of you have ever visited Happy Valley, and those who have were only there for football. You have never braved a State College winter, smuggled a chicken cosmo out of a dining hall, pulled an all-nighter at the Diner, listened to reggae on the HUB lawn or felt a deep loss when it was announced that elms couldn’t be saved. You may know how the phrase “We Are” came to be, but you will never understand what it means.

WE ARE the millions who loved our coach, not because we were blinded by football fever, but because we looked beyond the football field. WE saw the millions of dollars the Paterno family gave to academic projects. WE saw the “Grand Experiment” become institution-wide, with academic honors and graduation rates for all Nittany Lion athletes exceding those of the general student population at nearly every major university. WE saw Ki-Jana Carter lose a Heisman and our team lose rankings because Joe refused to run up the score against our opponents and because he called you out on your inane questions and the many times you misquoted him or took his words out of context.

WE ARE appalled by your characterization of our football program and its staff as “win-at-all-costs.” WE supported them during the lean years at the beginning of the last decade when you were calling for JoePa‘s head. WE saw a program that continued to garner blue-chip recruits without promising them early starts and while making it clear to them that they would be held to a higher standard of academic performance and personal conduct than their counterparts at other top programs. WE saw that staff pass on some extremely talented players who were unwilling to do it The Penn State Way. WE saw our star receiver dismissed before a bowl game for skipping class. WE knew the bye weeks were important to our coach because he wanted to give his players time off to study for midterms, even with the Michigan game coming up.

WE ARE the ones who endured years of barbs about our coach’s age. WE heard you call him senile, say the game had passed him by, he has lost control, he is out of touch. And now WE hear you call him the mastermind of a criminal coverup that fooled everyone for years on end. WE know that Sandusky‘s hasn’t had an office right down the hall from Joe for thirteen years. We know that “liability” is more likely to refer to bodily injury than risk of molestation. WE have read the Freeh report in its entirety and have used the skills WE honed at Penn State to critically examine the “evidence.”

WE ARE, WE always will be, and WE will never allow you to define us.

Paterno’s Words Resonate to ALL Alumni of Penn State


Forget my career in terms of my accomplishments and look at the last 40 years as I do:  as the aggregate achievements of hundreds of young men working to become better people as they got an education and became better football players.  Look at those men and what they have done in the world since they left Penn State and assess their contributions as an aggregate – is this a collection of jocks who did nothing but skate by at a football factory, or are these men who earned an education and built a reputation second to none as a place where academic integrity and gridiron success could thrive together?

Whatever failings that may have happened at Penn State, whatever conclusions about my or others’ conduct you may wish to draw from a fair view of the allegations, it is inarguable that these actions had nothing to do with this last team or any of the hundreds of prior graduates of the “Grand Experiment.”

Penn Staters across the globe should feel no shame in saying “We are…Penn State.”  This is a great University with one of the best academic performing football programs in major college athletics.  Those are facts – and nothing that has been alleged changes them

How The Current Board of Trustees Spends Your Money


Penn State is paying for two athletic directors at a cost that could exceed $750,000 this year, records suggest.
Curley’s defense attorney Caroline M. Roberto and Schultz’s defense attorney Tom Farrell, both of Pittsburgh, are among about a dozen lawyers, law firms and consultants who collected nearly $3.2 million from Penn State as of Dec. 31 for costs stemming from the Sandusky scandal.  Roberto collected $82,697, and Farrell was paid $65,842, Penn State told the Trib.

In addition to Roberto and Farrell, Vaira & Riley, a Philadelphia law firm, was paid $61,769 for “employee legal defense.”

The university has spent $2.46 million for the board of trustees’ internal investigation, including $1.14 million to Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, former FBI director Louis Freeh‘s firm; $111,164 to Domus Inc. and $172,563 to Kekst and Company Inc., both for public relations for Freeh; $499,370 to Ketchum Public Relations for crisis management; $506,162 to Reed Smith LLP and $32,053 for “other” consultants and costs.

Penn State disclosed “university legal defense” costs of $359,753, including $172,658 to Saul Ewing LLC; $65,771 to Duane Morris LLC; $26,354 to Lanny J. Davis & Associates; and $94,952 for “other.”

A $50,130 bill for costs related to external investigations included $46,173 to Margolis & Healy, a security firm specializing in higher education; $3,711 to the Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC law firm and $245 listed for “other.”

The school paid $108,205 for contract negotiations, including $88,205 to Schnader, Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and $20,000 to ML Strategies.

Read more: Athletic directors may cost PSU $750,000 – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_781687.html#ixzz1mYmTeY7l

Minutes of November Board Meeting PSU


MINUTES OF MEETING

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

VOLUME 259

November 11, 2011

A meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Alumni Ballroom of The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park,

Pennsylvania, at 9:50 a.m. on November 11, 2011.

The following Trustees were present: Garban (chairman), Surma (vice chairman), Alexander, Allan, Arnelle,

Broadhurst, Clemens, Corbett, Dambly, Deviney, DiBerardinis, Eckel, Erickson, Frazier, Greig, Hayes,

Hetherington, Hintz, Jones, Joyner, Khoury, Lubert, Masser, Myers, Peetz, Riley, Shaffer, Silvis, Strumpf,

Suhey, Surma, and Tomalis; Governor’s Representative Branstetter; and Trustees Emeriti Brosius,

Coppersmith, Huck, Junker, Metzgar, Robinson, Rowell, and Wolff.

Present by invitation were faculty representatives Backer, Hagen, and Hufnagel; student representatives Bard,

and Lozano; staff members Ammerman, Baldwin, DiEugenio, Foley, Hanes, Kirsch, Mahon, Mulroy-

Degenhart, Pangborn, Paz, Poole, Sims, and Weidemann.

Chairman Garban thanked and introduced Dr. Rodney Erickson as the President of The Pennsylvania State

University. He noted that all on the Board pledged support to President Erickson and the administrative team

as we work together and collectively for the future of this institution that we love. President Erickson was met

with a standing ovation and his remarks are included below in their entirety:

“Thank you, Chairman Garban, I am honored and humbled by your appointment of

me as president. I want to thank you for placing your confidence in me–and the other

members of Penn State’s administrative team as we move forward. We are indeed a team,

one that pulls together day-in-and-day-out.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce my wife, Shari, who is a wonderfully loyal

Penn Stater despite being a University of Iowa Hawkeye. She’s been the love of my life for

the past 43 years since we first met, and she keeps me well grounded.

“As you know, I’ve been with Penn State for more than 34 years, and I am deeply

committed to this institution, first and foremost to our students; and to those who make it

happen every day-our faculty and staff; and to those who have great pride and a sense of

family in Penn State-our alumni and friends reaching from the Commonwealth to the far

corners of the world.

“I accept this new leadership role under circumstances that I never could have

imagined. It has been truly difficult to comprehend the terrible nature of the allegations that

were revealed in the Attorney General’s presentment last week. My heart aches for the

victims and their families, and my mind searches for answers, like millions of others across

the nation.

“This is a tragedy for many lives, and it will take all of us some time to come to grips

with the full magnitude of all the damage that has been done.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for your leadership and guidance through this

difficult time. Your deliberations and decisive actions have now set a course for the

University’s future.

“Later today we will hear of the formation of a Special Committee to undertake a full

and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury Report.

Healing cannot occur until we understand how responsibilities to these children failed and

how we can prevent such tragedies in the future.

“I am grateful for the Board’s commitment to Penn State’s mission and your

stewardship of the University. Each of you shares my personal resolve to re-energize our

commitment to be the best that we can be, individually and collectively, to strive for

excellence in everything that we do, and to represent the highest standards for honesty and

integrity.