PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Effects of the NCAA’s harsh sanctions against Penn State are continuing to be felt and are far-reaching.
Minutes after they were announced on Monday, an Ohio football recruit reportedly rescinded his commitment to the university. Experts predict he won’t be the last.
Meanwhile, former Penn State President Graham Spanier said he would never have ignored child abuse complaints, because he’s a victim of abuse himself.
In a letter to Penn State’s Board of Trustees, Spanier said he was beaten repeatedly by his father.
The recently released Freeh Report blasted Spanier and others for failing to report the abuse complaints to authorities.
This week’s “Sports Illustrated” cover took the once proud chant of, “We are Penn State” and replaced it with an ominous, “We were Penn State.”
The statue honoring longtime coach Joe Paterno, was removed over the weekend. On Tuesday, the wall behind the former site of the statue was removed.
Construction workers tore down the wall outside Beaver Stadium, which left a pile of rubble behind.
Also today, a State College businessman who donated money toward the Paterno statue said he sought a court order to prevent Penn State from taking down the bronze likeness of the late coach.
Eddie Lauth said his request for a preliminary injunction was denied last Friday. However, a hearing on the matter was scheduled for this week.
The child sex abuse scandal is even affecting Penn State’s popular on-campus creamery.
The university’s College of Agricultural Sciences said it will devote sales of an ice cream flavor named for Paterno to an organization that works with the issue of child sexual abuse.
The flavor called “Peachy Paterno” honors Paterno’s work on behalf of the university’s academic side.