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November 11th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Penn State stunned by scandal – two students explain the mood of the campus

Emotions are running high in Happy Valley as the ramifications of an ongoing child sex abuse continue to play out. Students have taken to the streets to protest a decision by the university to fire beloved long time football coach Joe Paterno. But some critics are wondering why Penn State students aren't showing more support for the victims of this tragedy.

Penn State seniors Dan Florencio and Davis Shafer explain Ali Velshi how their classmates are feeling about the scandal – and where they're directing their anger.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 11th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

Did a 'code of silence' keep the Penn State scandal under wraps?

Many questions remain unanswered in the ongoing Penn State child sex abuse scandal. But perhaps the most important is: Who knew about the alleged abuse of young boys on campus and why did were reports not filed?

Some of those familiar with collegiate athletics say the answers might have to do with a "code of silence" – an implicit agreement to keep quiet in order protect teammates and coaches, no matter the cost.

ESPN analyst and former MLB player Doug Glanville explains to Alina Cho how this code operates – and how it could have contributed to this tragedy.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 10th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Paterno fired, Penn State students riot – child sex abuse scandal widens

Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach, has been fired in the wake of a growing child sex abuse scandal at the school.  Despite pleas from Paterno to "remain calm," students reacted angrily to the news. Students clashed with police on the streets of State College, Pennsylvania; tear gas had to be used to break up the crowds.

Christine Romans speaks with Sarah Grimm, a reporter for "The Patriot News," to get student reaction to these explosive events.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 10th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

Emotions run high on Penn State campus after Paterno firing, but victims are lost in the discussion

Hundreds of Penn State students spilled into the streets early Thursday after news that legendary coach Joe Paterno had been ousted over a child sex abuse scandal at the university. The group quickly turned raucous, proceeding to tip over a news van as they decried the media's coverage of their beloved football coach.

Carol Costello speaks with Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, to discuss why the students are standing behind Paterno and why more attention isn't being paid to the victims.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 10th, 2011
02:04 PM ET

How Penn State football culture affects the child sex abuse scandal fallout

Joe Paterno, the beloved patriarch of Penn State, always said that he didn't just try to teach his players how to be great football players – but also how to be good people with strong moral values. But the emerging child sex abuse scandal craises troubling questions about the culture at big-time college sports campuses.

The students have a deep love for their football team – and they're not afraid to show their appreciation to the man who led the Nittany Lions to greatness for so many years. Yet, some observers have wondered why the same students aren't showing more concern to the victims of these terrible crimes.

Carol Costello speaks with Neil Rudel, managing editor of the "Altoona Mirror," to get his insight into the peculiar campus culture surrounding one of the nation's leading collegiate football programs.

Filed under: 2012 • Controversy • GOP • Sports
November 10th, 2011
01:57 PM ET

Penn State sex abuse scandal could leave university open to lawsuits

Many questions remain unanswered about the child sex abuse scandal involving Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's former top assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. What did university officials know – and when did they know it?  Regardless, even Paterno admits that he should have done more at the time.

CNN legal contributor Paul Callan talks to American Morning about whether Paterno and Penn State could be legally liable for not reporting the abuse.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
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