COLUMBUS OH - NOVEMBER 13: Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions stiff arms Jermale Hines #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 13 2010 in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Penn State Football Uniform Change: Team Votes To Add Blue Ribbon, Names On Back

The Penn State Nittany Lions football program is slowly going through an image change, and Tuesday the university's athletic department announced one of its first steps in the process. During the 2012-13 season, the uniform worn by its players will feature a blue ribbon, which will be a symbol respect to the victims of sexual, and last names imprinted on the back.

"We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday. "They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I'm deeply committed to honoring Penn State's traditions, while building a bright future for our football program."

Over at the SB Nation blog Black Shoes Diaries, Nittany Lion fans are reacting to the uniform change. What's your opinion?

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Penn State Football: Linebacker Zach Bradshaw Decommits

The side effects from the NCAA sanctions to the Penn State football program took another toll on the future of the Nittany Lions Tuesday, as a report from Scout's Brian Dohn says linebacker recruit Zach Bradshaw has decommited. Bradshaw's decommitment is the third for the Nittany Lions since the announcement of the NCAA penalties.

Overall, Penn State has lost four recruits since the release of the Freesh Report, and nine players due to transfers. Just a few days ago, the Nittany Lions lost wide receiver Justin Brown to the Oklahoma Sooners. Penn State's Class of 2013 now includes just 10 players, including QB Christian Hackenberg, tight end Adam Breneman and offensive tackle Dorian Johnson.

Bradshaw is expected to reconsider schools such as Virginia, Michigan State and Northwestern.

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Paterno Family Reacts To Penn State Sanctions

The family of former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno continue to put themselves in the spotlight, and Monday, in the wake of the huge punishments the program received from the NCAA, they continued to let their voices be heard by releasing a statement.

Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it. The horrific acts committed by Jerry Sandusky shock the conscience of every decent human being. How Sandusky was able to get away with his crimes for so long has yet to be fully understood, despite the claims and assertions of the Freeh report.

The release of the Freeh report has triggered an avalanche of vitriol, condemnation and posthumous punishment on Joe Paterno. The NCAA has now become the latest party to accept the report as the final word on the Sandusky scandal. The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.

That the President, the Athletic Director and the Board of Trustees accepted this unprecedented action by the NCAA without requiring a full due process hearing before the Committee on Infractions is an abdication of their responsibilities and a breach of their fiduciary duties to the University and the 500,000 alumni. Punishing past, present and future students of the University because of Sandusky's crimes does not serve justice. This is not a fair or thoughtful action; it is a panicked response to the public's understandable revulsion at what Sandusky did.

The point of due process is to protect against this sort of reflexive action. Joe Paterno was never interviewed by the University or the Freeh Group. His counsel has not been able to interview key witnesses as they are represented by counsel related to ongoing litigation. We have had no access to the records reviewed by the Freeh group. The NCAA never contacted our family or our legal counsel. And the fact that several parties have pending trials that could produce evidence and testimony relevant to this matter has been totally discounted.

Unfortunately all of these facts have been ignored by the NCAA, the Freeh Group and the University.

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Penn State Football Reaction: SB Nation Studios Breaks Down NCAA Sanctions

The NCAA handed out an unprecedented amount of punishment to the Penn State football program on Monday, and in case you missed it the crew at SB Nation studios has posted a video on its YouTube page breaking down all the sanctions.

Penn State Scandal: NCAA Imposes Major Sanctions on Football Team (via sbnation)

Most of the reaction regarding the NCAA penalties have been positive, though, there's still a lot of debate on whether or not they were too harsh, not harsh enough or just right. SB Nation is asking readers and viewers for their opinion on the matter. So, check out the video and voice your opinion over at SB Nation's YouTube page.

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Penn State Scandal: Football Program To Face Multiple-Year Bowl Ban, Major Loss Of Scholarships -- Report

The NCAA is expected to come down hard on the Penn State football program Monday, and a report from Yahoo! Sports Charles Robinson released Sunday is confirming experts speculation. According to a Robinson source, the NCAA's first presidential sanctioning, led by President Mark Emmert, is expected to have "significant" and "staggering" penalties that include a "'multiple-year' bowl ban" and and "'crippling' scholarship losses".

The move will mark a first in NCAA history, in which the president will invoke a defense of the NCAA’s constitution as part of his reasoning for taking the unprecedented steps. The moment is groundbreaking in that Emmert is circumventing typical NCAA process and moving forward without an investigation by his enforcement staff.

Emmert will official release the punishment at a 9 a.m. news conference on Monday morning.

On Sunday, PSU President Rodney Erickson deiced to take down the statue of former head coach Joe Paterno, who was involved in a university cover-up involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and his sexual abuse of children.

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Joe Paterno Statue: Following Removal, Paterno Family Releases Statement

The statue of former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno, which sat outside Beaver Stadium, was removed and place in a safe location Sunday. The university's actions have provoked a response from the Paterno family, which released a statement:

"Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth.

The Paterno family continues to defend the former PSU legend, who died of lung cancer exactly six months ago on Jan. 22"

"To those who truly want to know the truth about Sandusky, it should matter that Joe Paterno has never had a hearing; that his legal counsel has never been able to interview key witnesses, all of whom are represented by lawyers and therefore unavailable; that there has never been an opportunity to review critical evidence which has not been made public; that selective evidence and the opinion of Mr Freeh is treated as the equivalent of a fair trial. Despite this obviously flawed and one-sided presentation, the University believes it must acquiesce and accept that Joe Paterno has been given a fair and complete hearing. We think the better course would have been for the University to take a strong stand in support of due process so that the complete truth can be uncovered.

"It is not the University's responsibility to defend or protect Joe Paterno. But they at least should have acknowledged that important legal cases are still pending and that the record on Joe Paterno, the Board and other key players is far from complete."

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Penn State Scandal: PSU Facing Loss Of Bowls, Scholarships -- Report

After months of speculation, the hammer is about to come down on the Penn State football program. According to ESPN's Joe Schad the penalties which will be given out by the NCAA and its President Mark Emmert on Monday morning will be a loss of bowl bids and scholarships.

"Penn State sanctions expected to be extremely harsh and could even be perceived as more damaging long-term than 'death penalty", said Schad via Twitter on Sunday.

According to Schad, this is the first time a NCAA President has had this type of authority to hand down this type of punishment.

Schad's reports come in the wake of a few big stories to come out of State College, Pa. on Sunday. The first was the statement by PSU President Rodney Erickson that said the statue of former head coach Joe Paterno, which sat outside Beaver Stadium, would be removed and place in a safe place. The second was the breaking news that the NCAA would hold a press conference Monday at 9 a.m. ET to announce "unprecedented penalties" against PSU.

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Penn State Scandal: NCAA To Announce 'Unprecedented' Penalties Against PSU On Monday

Before things get better sometimes they need to get worse. That's what the Penn State University and its football program will probably encounter Monday morning, when the NCAA is expected to announce "unprecedented penalties" against PSU, a source told CBSNews.com on Sunday.

"I've never seen anything like it," the source told correspondent Armen Keteyian.

NCAA President Mark Emmert will make the announcement Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the organization's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Bryan Fischer, a college writer for CBSSports.com, is reporting the news conference is to announce "corrective and punitive measures" against PSU.

This news comes in the wake of the university's President Rodney Erickson announcing the statue of former head coach Joe Paterno, which is located outside Beaver Stadium, would be removed and placed in a secure location. According to an independent investigation done by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, Paterno was involved in a cover-up of child sexual abuse charges surrounding former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

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Joe Paterno Statue: Penn State To Remove Statue, Keep Library Name Says President

Exactly six months to the day of the death of former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno passed away from lung cancer, his statue outside Beaver Stadium, which commemorates his legacy, will be removed and placed into storage. In a statement released to the media Sunday morning, PSU President Rodney Erickson gave his reasoning of removing the statue:

"...The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium has become a lightning rod of controversy and national debate, including the role of big time sports in university life. The Freeh Report has given us a great deal to reflect upon and to consider, including Coach Paterno’s legacy..."

"...I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse."

Erickson has, however, decided to keep the university's library name Paterno Library:

"On the other hand, the Paterno Library symbolizes the substantial and lasting contributions to the academic life and educational excellence that the Paterno family has made to Penn State University. The library remains a tribute to Joe and Sue Paterno’s commitment to Penn State’s student body and academic success, and it highlights the positive impacts Coach Paterno had on the University. Thus I feel strongly that the library’s name should remain unchanged."

In conclusion, Erickson admitted his decision will not be popular but he did say this is one of the steps in the healing processes for PSU.

"The world will be watching how Penn State addresses its challenges in the days ahead. While some may take issue with the decisions I have made, I trust that everyone associated with our University will respond in a civil and respectful manner."

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Penn State Board Member Says There Was Not A Vote Taken About The Future Of Joe Paterno's Statue

There are conflicting reports about whether the late Joe Paterno's statute that is out front of Beaver Stadium will be taken down this weekend.

Earlier on Friday there was a report saying that the statue would be taken down as early as this weekend, and that the decision to take down the statue came after the Penn State Board of Trustees had a meeting Thursday night and voted to do so.

However, a Penn State Board of Trustees member said that there was not a vote taken on whether to take down Paterno's statue.

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Joe Paterno Statue To Be Removed According To Report

The Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium will be removed according to sources close to Bonnie Bernstein and Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network.

According to Bernstein, the Penn State Board of Trustees had a meeting Thursday night on the matter, and voted to remove the statue this weekend.

There have been talks of removing the statue since the release of the Freeh report on July 12. Paterno and others had known about sexual child abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to report it to police.

This is the latest instance of the school distancing itself from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including removing the halo over Paterno's head in a mural at Penn State and changing the name of the student encampment outside of Beaver Stadium from Paternoville to Nittanyville.

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Penn State Scandal: NCAA President Admits Death Penalty Still A Possibility

Talks about the future of the Penn State football programs may not be moving as quickly as some may like, but the purposed "death penalty" hasn't been ruled out by the NCAA admitted its President Mark Emmert on Monday.

Emmert, who conducted a PBS interview, said the NCAA will not "take anything off the table" when he was asked about the possibly of shutting down the Nittany Lion football program, which has been heavily scrutinized about its handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Emmert said he's "never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university." He added, "What the appropriate penalties are, if there are determinations of violations, we'll have to decide."

In its history, the NCAA has only shutdown one football program because of rules violations and lack of institutional control. In the 1980's, SMU was forced to drop football because of extra-benefits given to players.

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