Comedian Jeffrey Ross made quite an entrance to the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr last night ... dressing up as legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and walking the red carpet with two very young looking males wearing nothing but towels.
It's a safe bet there was at least one "two-hand touch" joke made.
Alleged Voicemails to
Victim ... 'I Love You'
7/26/2012 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Voicemails allegedly left by Jerry Sandusky on the phone of one of his child sex victims have just been released -- and they're creepy as hell.
Lawyers for the alleged victim released the voicemails today -- and announced plans to sue Penn State University for failing to stop Sandusky's abuse.
The alleged victim has not been identified, but his lawyers claim he "suffered extensive sexual abuse over many years both before and after the 2001 incident Michael McQueary witnessed" in a Penn State locker room shower
The voicemails were left in September 2011, and the attorneys think Sandusky began to suspect his arrest for child abuse was inevitable.
On one of the recordings, the man identified as Sandusky says, "I am probably not going to be able to get a hold of anybody ... Probably ought to just go forward ... I would be very firm and express my feelings upfront."
The attorneys say they think Sandusky was trying to coach the alleged victim on what to say to police.
The voicemail continues, "But there is nothing really to hide so. Um. If you want, give me a call ... I love you."
Calls to PSU for comment were not immediately returned.
'Broke My Heart' to See
Paterno Statue Removed
7/26/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Regis Philbin wasn't among the college football fans who were THRILLED to see Penn State take down the iconic Joe Paterno statue ... in fact, Reg tells us, "It broke my heart to see that."
Reg -- an avid Notre Dame-aholic -- was out in NYC yesterday where he told us he actually felt bad for the people in Happy Valley.
"I think the Penn State sanctions were overdone ... really excessive in so many ways."
Regis says the NCAA punishment "hurt a lot of people who had nothing to do with this whole thing."
Of course Reg didn't just bitch about the problems ... he also offered some solutions.
Check out the clip ...
PSU Coach Bill O'Brien
Other Schools Are
POACHING My Players
7/25/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien says he's fighting to keep his team together after the unprecedented NCAA sanctions ... and claims some universities are playing dirty to get his players.
O'Brien, who has the unenviable task of cleaning up Joe Paterno's mess, was on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" to react to the NCAA rulings -- $60 million fine, vacating 111 wins, 4-year bowl ban, and loss of scholarships.
O'Brien said the hardest part of the punishment is "the fact the NCAA said these guys [Penn State football players] can transfer without penalty." O'Brien added ... he's met with the team and believes most of his players are staying at PSU.
As for the players who are leaving for other schools -- O'Brien said, "I respect the coaching profession, but a lot of coaches ... they have recruited our players without the courtesy of calling me."
O'Brien was not specific about which teams skirted him to get to his players. PSU's star running back Silas Redd is reportedly considering a jump to USC.
O'Brien said he plans to attract future recruits by "talking to them about the degree from PSU. They have to understand to have a PSU degree in their back pocket is a big deal."
O'Brien added ... the sanctions are harsh, but ... "It is what it is."
Don't Compare USC
to Penn State
7/25/2012 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
USC head football coach Lane Kiffin knows what it's like to run a program that's been hit with major NCAA sanctions ... but the leader of Troy tells TMZ ya just can't compare SC to Penn State.
Lane -- along with his star QB Matt Barkley -- was leaving Pac-12 Media Day at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk yesterday when we asked how he felt about the Penn State punishment.
Here's why Lane's opinion matters ... the SC football team was hit with a 2-YEAR postseason ban in 2010 ... after the NCAA uncovered violations surrounding illegal compensation to USC running back Reggie Bush.
SC was also stripped of its 2004 national championship victory, vacated all wins from the 2005 season and lost several scholarships.
The Penn State football program -- which covered up a CHILD RAPE SCANDAL FOR A DECADE -- was only banned from postseason play for 4 YEARS ... plus, a $60 million fine, scholarship reductions ... and of course, the Nittany Lions had to vacate 111 wins.
So, did SC get the harsher punishment ... considering its crimes were FAR less horrific than PSU?
"The situations are different," Kiffin said ... noting, "It's impossible to compare the penalties in the situations."
So, we gotta ask ...
Penn State Punished
$60 MILLION Fine
and 4-Year Bowl Ban
7/23/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:00 AM PT -- Joe Paterno's family just responded to the NCAA sanctions, claiming they "defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best."
The family adds, "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."
6:26 AM PT -- Well, that didn't take long -- a PSU football recruit has ALREADY decommitted to the school.
Ross Douglas -- a cornerback from Ohio -- will no longer attend PSU in the Fall. No word on where he will play.
Penn State University was just hit with a $60 million sanction by the NCAA for its role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal.
And it gets worse -- or better -- depending for whom you're rooting.
NCAA President Mark Emmert just announced ... PSU will be BANNED from bowl games for the next 4 years. The NCAA will also vacate all PSU football wins from 1998 to 2011.
The elimination of PSU wins will have a dramatic effect on Joe Paterno's all-time career win record. In fact, he will lose 111 total wins from his record -- dropping him BEHIND Florida State football legend Bobby Bowden and Alabama's Bear Bryant. Paterno will go from #3 all time to #12.
Penn State's football team will also have its football scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 per year for the next 4 years.
All PSU football players are allowed to transfer out of the school to any other school as soon as possible ... while keeping full eligibility. In other words, a PSU player can transfer to Ohio State next season and start immediately.
Football players are also allowed to quit the football team and keep their scholarships while continuing to attend the university in pursuit of a degree.
The PSU athletic program will be on probation for 5 years.
The NCAA said it reserves the right to launch an investigation into individuals to impose even more sanctions, if necessary.
The $60 million fine is equivalent to the football program's gross revenue for 1 season.
The NCAA said the money "must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university."
The NCAA said it considered the "death penalty" -- the elimination of the school's football program for 1 season -- but decided the punishment it chose will have a deeper impact in changing the culture at Penn State.
PSU signed a consent decree -- which means the University is on board with all of the sanctions.
The NCAA explained ... "By perpetuating a 'football first' culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur, The Pennsylvania State University leadership failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA Constitution and rules."
JoePa Statue Came Down
7/22/2012 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVESports radio host Max Kellerman thinks Penn State did the right thing in taking down the statue of Joe Paterno -- in fact, he thinks they need to go further.
We caught up with Max at LAX today where he said it was "about time" the statue of JoePa came down. Max said he believes Paterno's actions in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse action outweigh all the good that he's done ... and that Penn State shouldn't stop with just the statue.
Max told us, "The fact that they still want to name the library after him? Come on, man."
7/22/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking newsThe statue honoring Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been removed from in front of Beaver Stadium.
The statue was removed via forklift as 100-150 students watched, chanting, "We are Penn State."
Penn State president Rodney Erickson announced the statue will be stored in a "secured location."
Erickson released a statement saying, "I now believe that, contrary to is original intention, Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to hearing 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."
The decision came 10 days after a report conducted by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh conclude that Paterno, as well as other top Penn State administrators, had concealed the allegations of child sexual abuse made against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
A new report by CBS Sports says the NCAA will hand down "unprecedented" penalties against the school on Monday morning.
Paterno passed away six months ago.
We're RENOVATING the
Sandusky Rape Showers
7/13/2012 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's "Extreme Makeover: Disgraced University Edition."
The honchos at Penn State just released a statement saying the university plans to renovate the football shower and locker room area where convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky raped children.
The move comes roughly 14 YEARS after officials like Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier allegedly first found out about Sandusky's crimes ... but decided to do nothing about it, because they're a bunch of scumbags.
No word on when the university will begin the demolition.
Penn State Apologizes
For Sandusky Scandal
We Are 'Deeply Ashamed'
7/12/2012 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Penn State Board of Trustees takes "full responsibility" for not stopping Jerry Sandusky from sexually abusing children -- saying it's "deeply ashamed" about its failures ... and indirectly implicates Joe Paterno.
Karen Peetz -- the PSU board of trustees chair -- just spoke at a news conference, claiming the panel "accepts full responsibility for the failures that occurred" in the sex abuse scandal.
The failures were exposed in a recent investigation -- the results of which were released today, showing most senior leaders of PSU "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."
Board trustee Kenneth Frazier said, "Our hearts remain heavy and deeply ashamed."
He added, "We are accountable for what's happened here ... People who were in a position to protect children and to confront a predator ... did not put the welfare of children first" -- a thinly-veiled shot at Joe Paterno and other senior PSU officials.
The board members vowed never to let similar abuse happen ever again.
Nike Changing Name
of Child Care Center
7/12/2012 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking newsNike is cutting one of its last remaining ties to Joe Paterno -- removing his name from the child care building on the corporation's campus.
The move comes just hours after independent investigators revealed the late Penn State coach helped cover-up facts about the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
Nike President Mark Parker said in a statement, "With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters."
Nike co-founder Phil Knight added, "It appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences." Knight had previously defended Paterno's handling of the scandal.
PSU sports teams have been outfitted by Nike since 1996.
Report Finds Paterno
Aided Sandusky Cover-Up
7/12/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Paterno participated in a 13-year conspiracy to hide Jerry Sandusky's sexual crimes against children from authorities ... so says a new report issued by investigators connected to the Sandusky case.
The Freeh Group --an independent investigative task force hired by the Penn State University Board of Trustees -- released its report moments ago ... and according to investigators, Paterno, along with the most senior leaders of PSU, "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."
In fact, the Freeh report concludes ... Paterno ... along with PSU president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "repeatedly concealed critical facts" in order to prevent bad publicity for the school.
According to the report, Paterno knew about allegations concerning Sandusky since at least March of 1998 ... but failed to take any action to prevent Sandusky from having contact with young children.
"They showed no concern about the victim," the report reads.
"At the very least, Mr Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building."
The report says Paterno failed to take immediate action after Mike McQueary told him about Sandusky raping a boy in the gym shower in Feb. 2001 because Paterno "did not want to interfere with people's weekend."
The Freeh report classifies PSU's non-action as "catastrophic failures."
Just last month, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse ... and will most likely spend the rest of his disgusting life rotting away in prison.
Joe Paterno died back in January at the age of 85.
Jerry Sandusky in Jail
Inmates Sang Pink Floyd
'Leave Those Kids Alone!'
6/25/2012 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking newsJerry Sandusky was mercilessly taunted for HOURS during his first night in jail back in December -- when his fellow inmates chanted Pink Floyd's famous lyrics ... "Hey teacher, leave those kids alone!"
One of the men in the facility at the time -- a 22-year-old named Josh -- described the events to The Daily, saying they sang the song over and over ... all night.
68-year-old Sandusky spent the night in jail following his second arrest on December 7th, 2011 -- after a grand jury voted to charge the former Penn State football coach with an additional 12 counts of child abuse, bringing his new total to 52.
That's when the above mug shot was taken.
Four counts were eventually dropped, leaving 48 remaining. Last week, Sandusky was found guilty on 45. He's currently awaiting sentencing behind bars.
Sandusky faces a maximum of 442 years in prison.