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Penn State president 'appalled' by further Sandusky sexual abuse allegations

Player killed: Gregory Bryant played at Notre Dame before his transfer and had committed to UAB. Bryant, 21, was declared brain dead a day after he was found shot in West Palm Beach.

Associated Press (2014)

Player killed: Gregory Bryant played at Notre Dame before his transfer and had committed to UAB. Bryant, 21, was declared brain dead a day after he was found shot in West Palm Beach.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The president of Penn State is decrying new allegations that former coach Joe Paterno was told that Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a child as early as 1976 and that two assistant coaches witnessed the abuse of other children.

President Eric Barron said in a letter Sunday to the university community that he was "appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment" accompanying the stories.

Some allegations were revealed in an order last week by Philadelphia judge Gary Glazer in litigation between an insurance company and the university. The insurers cited an allegation that a boy had told the longtime Penn State football coach in 1976 that he had been molested by Sandusky, then an assistant. The court document also cited reports by unnamed assistant coaches who said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children in the 1980s.

Barron said those allegations, and others raised in recent news reports about allegations related to knowledge by Paterno, are "unsubstantiated and unsupported by any evidence other than a claim by an alleged victim."

In 2001, Paterno told high-ranking university officials one of his assistant coaches reported seeing Sandusky acting inappropriately with a child in a team shower. In 2011, Paterno told a grand jury he did not know of any other incidents involving Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999.

Paterno was fired after Sandusky's November 2011 arrest and died of lung cancer in January 2012.

Running back dies: UAB running back Gregory Bryant was declared brain dead a day after being found shot in a car in South Florida. West Palm Beach Police spokeswoman Lori Colombino said the investigation into the shooting of 21-year-old is classified as a homicide. Detectives were seeking witnesses to the shooting, Colombino said. A passenger, Maurice Grover, 25, was hospitalized with minor injuries. Bryant started his career at Notre Dame and was the biggest name in UAB's first recruiting class since restarting its program.

Softball: Kelly Barnhill threw a no-hitter, Florida's fourth of 2016, as the host Gators (52-4, 20-4 SEC) ended their regular season with an 8-0 victory over Arkansas. No. 1 seed UF has a first-round bye in this week's conference tournament in Starkville, Miss., and plays Thursday against the winner of Wednesday's Georgia-Ole Miss game. … USF (43-13, 15-3), the top seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament, has a bye into the semifinals in Tulsa, Okla., and plays Friday against the winner of Thursday's Houston-Memphis game. … Florida State (45-8, 21-2), the top seed, plays its first game in the ACC tournament Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., against Pitt.

Basketball: Minnesota suspended center Reggie Lynch indefinitely after he was arrested on suspicion of "criminal sexual conduct."

Tennis: Host Saint Leo beat Benedict College 5-0 to open South Region play in the Division II men's tournament.

Beach volleyball: Florida State (32-3) lost 3-0 to USC in the sport's inaugural NCAA women's final in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Penn State president 'appalled' by further Sandusky sexual abuse allegations 05/08/16 [Last modified: Sunday, May 8, 2016 11:13pm]
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