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Wounded Lions
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The Jerry Sandusky child molestation case stunned the nation. As subsequent revelations uncovered an athletic program operating free of oversight, university officials faced criminal charges while unprecedented NCAA sanctions hammered Penn State football and blackened the reputation of coach Joe Paterno. In Wounded Lions , acclaimed sport historian and longtime Penn State professor Ronald A. Smith draws from university archives to answer the How? and Why? at the heart of the scandal. The Sandusky case was far from the first example of illegal behavior related to the football program--or the university's attempts to suppress news of it. As Smith shows, decades of infighting among administrators, alumni, trustees, faculty, and coaches established policies intended to protect the university, and the football team considered synonymous with its name, at all costs. If the habits predated Paterno, they also became sanctified during his tenure. Smith names names to show how abuses of power warped the "Penn State Way" even with hires like women's basketball coach Rene Portland, who allegedly practiced sexual bias against players for decades. Smith also details a system that concealed Sandusky's horrific acts just as deftly as it whitewashed years of rules violations, coaching malfeasance, and player crime while Paterno set records and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for the university.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Sifting and Winnowing
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Life in Happy Valley: The Name and the Paterno Impact
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 2. Penn State Presidents: Cheerleading the Teams to Victory
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. 3. A Joe Paterno–Jerry Sandusky Connection: A Look at Penn State Coaches and Assistant Coaches
  2. pp. 24-34
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  1. 4. Alumni and Taking Control of Penn State Athletics
  2. pp. 35-42
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  1. 5. Hugo Bezdek’s Saga—Alumni, Trustees, and Presidents
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. 6. The Great Experiment That Failed: Alumnus Casey Jones, President Hetzel, and Coach Bob Higgins
  2. pp. 53-63
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  1. 7. The Ernie McCoy–Rip Engle Era and the Beginning of the Grand Experiment in College Football
  2. pp. 64-74
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  1. 8. The Joe Paterno, Steve Garban, John Oswald Coup d’État
  2. pp. 75-88
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  1. 9. President Bryce Jordan and Penn State’s Entry into the Big Ten
  2. pp. 89-99
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  1. 10. The Image of Joe Paterno’s Grand Experiment
  2. pp. 100-111
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  1. 11. Shaping Reality: Saving Joe Paterno’s Legacy
  2. pp. 112-126
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  1. 12. Insularity, The Second Mile, and Sandusky’s On-Campus Incidents
  2. pp. 127-139
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  1. 13. Rene Portland and the Culture of Athletic Silence
  2. pp. 140-149
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  1. 14. The Board of Trustees, Insularity, and Athletic Administration
  2. pp. 150-160
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  1. 15. Paterno, Spanier, Schultz, Curley, and the Penn State Pandora’s Box
  2. pp. 161-172
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  1. 16. From the Grand Jury to Beyond the NCAA Consent Decree
  2. pp. 173-184
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  1. Timeline
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-264
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  1. Photos
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