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Paper had Bernie Fine sex abuse scandal years ago

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07:05 AM ET 11.28 | His name is Matt Michael, and he used to be a reporter for The Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper, and he started working in the fall of 2002 on a story about a former Syracuse University ball boy accusing a Syracuse assistant coach, Bernie Fine, of molesting him as far back as 1984. But before Michael ever got to Syracuse, before he covered Syracuse basketball himself, before he finally moved over to news, he was a student sportswriter at Penn State. Michael is Penn State '85. He covered football for the college paper there, which means he covered Jerry Sandusky. And when he found out about Sandusky the way the world did over this past month, Michael thought right away about the story he and another reporter worked on for months once, out of the fall of '02 and into the spring of '03, a long 140-inch story that his paper finally elected not to publish.

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November 28, 2011  07:13 AM ET

Baba Booey!

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November 28, 2011  07:38 AM ET

C'MON MAN! There is so much more topics to cover. Please!

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November 28, 2011  08:03 AM ET
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Editorial discretion or another coverup? Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies...

Hopefully, if there are any other coverups they will come to light because of the Sandusky thing.

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November 28, 2011  08:18 AM ET
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What occurs in the dark will be brought to light.

Attorney's dream or nightmare brotha?

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November 28, 2011  08:36 AM ET
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I saw something over the weekend where his wife suspected this might had been going on. man WTF. I know wives have suspicions about there husbands having affairs, but damn, to suspect your husband of doing this, others would have to know something.

There are allegations that Laurie Fine may have had a relationship with one of the alleged victims. If that's true, what a couple of sickos!

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November 28, 2011  08:44 AM ET
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There are allegations that Laurie Fine may have had a relationship with one of the alleged victims. If that's true, what a couple of sickos!

Good grief.

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November 28, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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Well, a woman having a relationship with a younger man is GOLDEN for the younger man.Can you imagine a H.S. kid banging his teacher?Talk about instant props...

Not this chick. She be ugly.

November 28, 2011  09:18 AM ET

When you get to the point that you so revere a coach, you cannot think anything wrong will happen under their watch. But, you have to hope that their morals and ethics will hold up under that kind of situation.

I hope it never happens to Coach Saban, but he does seem to have that power, if he were to abuse it by covering up for people. I don't think he'd do it, but I'd imagine no one thought these two coaches would ever cover up anything their assistants did.

November 28, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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It's never a dream to have kids molested...... all an attorney can do now is damage control.As you've seen already, Sandusky has taken the Michael Jackson approach. "I love kids, didn't hurt them, some people might misunderstand my behavior", etc.The Michael Jackson approach is just showing love to kids (perhaps unconventionally) and having it misconstrued by others.Now, it worked a little bit for Michael Jackson because of his background, popularity, and personality. It was a lot easier for people to believe that Michael was just trying to relive his childhood, a childhood he was never able to have or enjoy due to his career.Sandusky's situation looks like a guy that was surrounded with potential victims and he took advantage of it.

So how is Bernie Fine going to defend himself?

 
November 28, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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When you get to the point that you so revere a coach, you cannot think anything wrong will happen under their watch. But, you have to hope that their morals and ethics will hold up under that kind of situation.I hope it never happens to Coach Saban, but he does seem to have that power, if he were to abuse it by covering up for people. I don't think he'd do it, but I'd imagine no one thought these two coaches would ever cover up anything their assistants did.

This happens with the clergy a lot. People start seeing them as "Christlike" and not as a human whose vocation happens to be in the ministry.

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