Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer Karl Rominger wanted to buy coeds drinks at the bar

I think it’s safe to say that Jerry Sandusky found the only attorneys creepy enough to represent him in court. You may recall that Sandusky’s prominent lawyer, Joe Amendola, reportedly impregnated a teenager during the ’90s. That same creepster also asked on national TV if a CNN interviewer was “somebody cute.” His other lawyer seems to be on the same page.

Karl Rominger (pictured with Sandusky) tweeted late Monday to say he would be buying drinks at a State College, Penn., bar. Best of all? He requested the presence of females:

Rominger seemed to think he was playing some sort of joke on Twitter with that tweet, calling people “suckers” for getting hooked to the coeds line. I fail to see what’s so funny about a guy defending Jerry Sandusky buying drinks for Penn State students at a State College bar and requesting the presence of females, even if he was joking, which doesn’t seem to be the case.

And in case you think this whole thing was fake, there is photo proof that Rominger was at the bar.

Meanwhile, Sandusky released a statement on the eve of his sentencing to proclaim his innocence against “false allegations.”

What a team, huh?

Billboard supporting Joe Paterno goes up at Penn State (Picture)

The best thing the Penn State community can do in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is to try to move forward. The cloud created by the mess will loom over State College for quite some time (possibly forever), but unless you’re making an effort to help the victims harping on the past seems senseless.

Naturally, not everyone feels that way. According to the student-run Penn State blog Onward State, the billboard you see above was recently erected at Penn State in support of Joe Paterno. By using a different shading for the words “cover up,” the people responsible for the message couldn’t have been any clearer.

Paterno undoubtedly did a lot of great things during his 61-year run at Penn State, but the things he didn’t do overshadow most — if not all — of it. Dwelling on the past successes of the football program in this type of manner does nothing to help the situation.

Al Pacino reportedly will play Joe Paterno in movie about Penn State scandal

A talent agency reportedly plans to shop a movie about the Penn State scandal, and they reportedly have Al Pacino signed up to play the role of Joe Paterno.

Deadline reports that ICM Partners will be shopping the proposed movie next week. Pacino’s manager is set to produce it, and the movie will be based on author Joe Posnanski’s biography “Paterno,” about the Penn State coach.

Paterno was fired as Penn State’s football coach in November after the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal was revealed. Paterno reportedly had been working on a package to step down at the end of the year, but he was forced out earlier after the outrage grew over his role in the scandal.

Paterno died in January, less than three months after he was fired as head coach of the football program. He was 85. The NCAA later penalized Penn State and vacated 111 wins Paterno achieved as a football coach, dropping him from 12th to second on the all-time list.

Dateline has little doubt that the movie will be bought and come to fruition. Given all the interest in the subject matter, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it go into production before long.

Pacino has experience acting as a football coach from his role in “Any Given Sunday.”

H/T Pete Thamel

Penn State won’t play ‘Sweet Caroline’ at football games

Penn State won’t play Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” at football games over concern regarding the song’s lyrics. Penn State is worried about perception — specifically the lyrics “touching you, touching me,” from the song — in light of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and country.

Although “Sweet Caroline” has become a popular tune at Red Sox and Pitt football games, The Altoona Mirror confirmed that Penn State is removing the song from the football playlist for the upcoming season.

H/T The 700 Level

Dottie Sandusky in denial, says she loves Jerry and that’s not him

How is it possible that Jerry Sandusky was raping and abusing children in his own home with wife Dottie in the same house and not knowing about any of it? Maybe because she was so far in denial that she refuses to believe any of it.

“I love my husband,” Dottie Sandusky told Centre Daily Times reporter Mike Dawson during a chance meeting.

“He’s not who they say he is,” she said.

Dawson says he ran into Sandusky by a pizza shop and that the TV discussed victim 2 being identified and prepared to sue Penn State. Dottie apparently ignored the TV.

The two met in the ’60s when Jerry was a football player for Penn State, and they have known each other for over 40 years. Dottie is clearly massively in denial. Not only does she still not believe any of it, but she also testified on behalf of her husband in court.

What do you do with someone that much in denial? The first step is admitting the problem.

Rodney Erickson: Penn State escaped four-year death penalty

In an interview with ESPN, Penn State president Rodney Erickson acknowledged that the school was almost given a historic four-year “death penalty” by the NCAA.

Speaking on “Outside the Lines” Wednesday, Erickson recalled being told by NCAA president Mark Emmert last Tuesday that a majority of the NCAA’s leadership wanted to shut down the university’s football program for four years.

“Well, that’s a pretty tough number to swallow,” Erickson said he thought at the time. “It’s unprecedented. It’s a blow to the gut; there’s no doubt about that … I couldn’t agree to that at all.”

Almost immediately after the Freeh Investigation’s findings were released two weeks ago, many called for the NCAA, if it were to get involved at all (no given), to give the program the death penalty. The length of the death penalty, however, was always a matter of opinion. No athletic program ever given the death penalty got it for more that two seasons (SMU’s infamous two-year death sentence included one self-imposed year). That four seasons was the preferred punishment speaks volumes to the degree of egregiousness Penn State acted in the NCAA’s eyes. More from ESPN:

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Rival coaches reportedly trying to poach Penn State players from parking lot

When the NCAA handed down its severe punishments to Penn State on Monday, it made sure to allow for any football player in the program to transfer without having to sit out the customary year before playing again. So caring of the NCAA to keep the athlete, oh, I’m sorry, student-athlete’s interests in mind.

That being the case, it’s now essentially open season for opposing coaches hoping to convince Nittany Lions players to leave Penn State and join their decidedly sanction-less programs. On Wednesday, however, over 30 players publicly vowed to stay with the program. It’s still unclear if that joint declaration is going to deter the coaches from other schools staking out on campus hoping to catch the ear of any player they come across.

Yes, that’s right, rival coaches are actually hanging out in the Penn State football facility’s parking lot waiting to accost prospective yet current-Nittany Lions players.

“Our players are in our building right now and they don’t want to leave the building because there are coaches from other schools in the parking lot waiting to see them,” Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said. Here’s more from ESPN:

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