** Penn State president Eric Barron wrote a letter yesterday to the university community concerning new accusations regarding when football coach Joe Paterno was informed of child sexual abuse by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. It had been alleged that Paterno was told as far back as 1976 and that assistant coaches had witnessed other instances of abuse.
** Barron publically condemned the allegations as “unsubstantiated and unsupported.” He wrote that he was “appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment” perpetuated in media stories, adding that the reports “should be difficult for any reasonable person to believe.”
** The allegations came to light in litigation between an insurance company and the university.
** Barron said Penn State vehemently decries Sandusky’s behavior and is fully committed to prevention and treatment of sexual abuse, as well as education regarding it.
** Paterno died in 2012, just months after the child sex scandal forced him out of the job that was his life (46 seasons as head coach of the Nittany Lions, during which time his teams won a record 409 games).