Penn St. officials step down

PHILADELPHIA — Two top Penn State officials are stepping down and coach Joe Paterno said Sunday he behaved responsibly when he told officials that his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was seen showering with a young boy in 2002. He said he didn't know Sandusky allegedly had abused the child.

"If this is true, we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things," Paterno said in a statement, his first since Sandusky's arrest Saturday on charges of molesting eight boys between the mid 1990s and 2008.

"While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved, I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.''

After two decades as defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, Sandusky retired in 1999 but kept an office and privileges at the football complex. That's where prosecutors say several assaults occurred, typically with boys Sandusky had met through a foundation he launched to serve underprivileged children.

Athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz have been accused of covering up an alleged attack. They are charged with perjury and failure to report an incident of child sex abuse.

Sandusky and the university officials have denied all charges.

In a statement after an executive session of Penn State's Board of Trustees, university president Graham Spanier said late Sunday he had received a request from Curley to be placed on administrative leave so he could devote time to defending himself. Schultz is retiring.

The university said the board did not discuss Paterno resigning.

A 23-page grand jury presentment portrayed Sandusky, 67, as a serial predator who picked his victims through the Second Mile, the charity he founded in 1977. He resigned from the organization last year.

The grand jury report described multiple instances in which Sandusky gave gifts to boys, one as young as 8, took them to football games, and hosted them on overnight visits to his house. Ultimately, prosecutors say, he coaxed or forced the boys into sex acts.

In 2002, assistant coach Mike McQueary allegedly told his father that he saw Sandusky rape a boy in the locker room shower one Friday night, the grand jury report says. The next morning, McQueary told Paterno what he saw, the grand jury said.

In his statement, Paterno said he recalled the assistant telling him about "inappropriate conduct," not a sex attack.

Brantley injured: Florida and South Carolina may both be without their starting quarterbacks when the Gators and Gamecocks meet at noon Saturday in Columbia.

Florida quarterback John Brantley injured his right arm in a win over Vanderbilt. After the game he refused to say what the injury was or whether it will keep him out this week. A Brantley update is expected today.

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss to Arkansas; his status is unknown. Gamecocks safety DeVonte Holloman also suffered a concussion.

Coach Steve Spurrier said they will be tested during the week, with a decision likely Wednesday or Thursday. Shaw became the full-time starter when former Jefferson High standout Stephen Garcia was dismissed Oct. 11.

If Shaw can't play, redshirt freshman Dylan Thompson will start, Spurrier said.

bcs: LSU and Oklahoma State took control of the race to the BCS title game — but don't count out Alabama yet.

The day after the Tigers and Cowboys stayed unbeaten with their most difficult victories of the season, they took the top two spots in the BCS standings.

First-place LSU beat host Alabama 9-6 in overtime Saturday night, and second-place Oklahoma State held off visiting Kansas State 52-45.

The Crimson Tide slipped one spot to third.

If the Tigers and Cowboys remain unbeaten, they should meet in New Orleans on Jan. 9. If either slips up, Alabama or fourth-place Stanford are in position to reach the title game.

Unbeaten Boise State was fifth and again seems to be a long shot to reach the title game.

LSU has a nonconference game against Western Kentucky on Saturday, followed by Mississippi and Arkansas, then faces South Carolina or Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Oklahoma State is at Texas Tech and at Iowa State, then hosts Oklahoma on Dec. 3.

It's official: SEC invites Missouri to join in 2012

Missouri's move to the SEC became official Sunday. The SEC released a statement saying the conference's presidents and chancellors unanimously agreed to welcome Missouri effective July 1, 2012. Missouri will likely be in the SEC East. The Big 12's uncertain future drove the move, said chancellor Brady Deaton. Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas called the departure disappointing and a mistake, and hinted at legal action.

Georgia: Coach Mark Richt said freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell will return from a one-game suspension and regain his starting job this week. Wins over Auburn and Kentucky the next two weeks would advance the Bulldogs to the SEC title game.

Late Saturday

boise state 48, unlv 21: Kellen Moore threw five touchdowns to become college football's winningest quarterback (46-2), surpassing former Texas star Colt McCoy, for the visiting Broncos.

Oregon 34, Washington 17: The visiting Ducks forced three key turnovers to beat the Huskies for a series-best eighth straight time. "It's been 10 minutes. I guess we're allowed to think about Stanford now," Oregon offensive lineman Carson York said of this week's game at the Cardinal.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Florida's Joanna Mather lost in the singles final of the USTA/ITA national indoor championships, falling to SMU's Mart Lesniak 7-5, 6-1 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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