Ex-Penn State coach indicted on child sex charges

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Yeah, this story is as uncomfortably nauseating as the headline suggests.

According to the Patriot-News, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been indicted by a Centre County (PA) grand jury on multiple sex abuse charges involving children.  The charges, which stem from an investigation that lasted more than two years, include felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of someone under 16; aggravated indecent assault; indecent assault of someone under 16; indecent assault of someone under 13; and corruption of minors charge.

All told, Sandusky is facing 40 counts from incidents that allegedly occurred in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2005.  Sandusky retired from the Nittany Lions following the 1999 season, after which he began devoting his time to running a children’s charity he had founded in the area.

In a story from March of this year, when the grand jury investigation first came to the public light, the Patriot-News relayed a disturbing incident alleged to have occurred in May of 1998 in a locker room located in the PSU football building and involved the alleged inappropriate contact of a 12-year-old boy by Sandusky.

According to several sources, that boy, who was 12 at the time, alleged he and Sandusky were showering in the football building on Penn State’s campus when the incident took place.

The boy’s mother told The Patriot-News she was specifically instructed by state police at Rockview not to speak with a reporter. Her name is being withheld by The Patriot-News to protect the identity of her son.

According to sources close to the investigation, the boy told police in 1998 that Sandusky had showered with him in a locker room of the Lasch Building — home to the football program — during a tour. The boy claimed Sandusky washed his body during the shower, sources said.

It’s unclear if that alleged incident led to any of the charges Sandusky is currently facing, although the paper noted at the time that those allegations had not led to any charges.

In January of this year, legendary Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno and athletic director Tim Curley were among the PSU officials called to testify in front of the grand jury regarding the case against the former coach.  The allegations against Sandusky surfaced two years prior to those appearances by PSU officials, with a 15-year-old high school student accusing Sandusky of touching him inappropriately while the two were alone in a high school gym.  Sandusky was an assistant football coach at Central Mountain (PA) High School at the time.

One final note on this sad tale: the title of Sandusky’s autobiography, published in 2000, is “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story”.  No, seriously.  It is.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.