Week of turmoil leaves Penn State in a daze

November 12, 2011 • National News

Penn State University President Rodney Erickson listens to a question at a press conference with student leaders in State College, Pa., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. The most tumultuous week Penn State has ever endured is drawing to a close. Questions, however, still linger. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — All the familiar sights and sounds of a football weekend at Penn State were on display: Crowded sidewalks and restaurants, fans dressed in the blue-and-white of their cherished Nittany Lions, scalpers pestering passers-by for extra tickets.

Something, however, was clearly missing.

Happy Valley is anything but these days.

“There’s no life here,” Homer Berlew said as he and his wife, Sandra, strolled the campus to take pictures Friday. “Nothing is being said. It’s like everyone’s in a daze.”

As the most tumultuous week in Penn State’s history came to a close, the university struggled with a child sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the school and cost football coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier their jobs.

The board of trustees, in its first public meeting since firing Paterno and Spanier, began the process of repairing Penn State’s image by forming a committee to investigate the university’s failures to stop alleged sex abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The school also put wide receivers coach Mike McQueary — a key witness against Sandusky — on paid leave. It already had said McQueary would not be at Saturday’s final home game against Nebraska because of “multiple threats,” and the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported he has told players by phone that he was in a secluded location outside State College.

New president Rod Erickson plans to appoint an ethics officer, and said the school will review all standards, policies and programs to ensure they meet “not only the law, but Penn State’s standard.”

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