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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Child advocacy groups get PSU bowl share

By Adam Rittenberg

Penn State's bowl revenue share from 2012 is being put to good use.

The school's revenue share, valued at nearly $2.3 million, will be distributed to causes focused on child protection and advocacy. Penn State announced Friday that all 12 Big Ten schools, including itself, received $188,344 from the league to donate to a local organization of their choice.

The announcement comes exactly one year after the NCAA and Big Ten imposed heavy sanctions against Penn State's football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Big Ten prohibited Penn State from receiving its bowl share for four years.

Penn State went 8-4 in 2012 under first-year coach Bill O'Brien.

Penn State said it will distribute its share to the Centre County United Way with instructions to split the money between the Stewards of Children program and the Children's Advocacy Center.

"As a community, we must continue to look deeper into the issue of child maltreatment and abuse," Penn State president Rodney Erickson said in a prepared statement. "We must commit to continuing to raise awareness, as well as fight these insidious crimes in whatever way possible."

Although many Penn State fans remain upset with the NCAA and the Big Ten for imposing the sanctions, it's good to know Penn State's share isn't simply going into the athletic coffers of the other Big Ten institutions.

In other Penn State news, three newly elected trustees put their support behind the legal claims filed against the NCAA by five other trustees, including former Nittany Lions player Adam Taliaferro.

"Based on information we have reviewed, we agree the NCAA breached its contractual obligations to Penn State to treat the university and its student-athletes, coaches and administrators fairly and in accordance with the NCAA's own constitution and bylaws," trustees Ted Brown, Barbara Doran and William Oldsey said in their joint statement. "That did not happen. Rather, the University and the affected individuals were denied due process of law. We support a legal review of the sanctions imposed on Penn State, the basis for the sanctions and the process used to enact them."