E-mail from 2005 was critical of Paterno

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A former Penn State official charged with enforcing discipline at the school said Tuesday that Joe Paterno’s players got in trouble more often than other students, and got special treatment compared to non-athletes.

Vicky Triponey, who resigned her post as the university’s standards and conduct officer in 2007, confirmed that she sent a 2005 e-mail to then-president Graham Spanier and others in which she expressed her concerns about how Penn State handled discipline cases involving football players.

The Wall Street Journal published excerpts from the e-mail on Tuesday.

ARKANSAS: A coroner says a football player who died over the weekend had a fatal heart condition.

Washington County coroner Roger Morris released Garrett Uekman’s cause of death on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Uekman was found unconscious and unresponsive in his dorm room on campus on Sunday. He was last seen playing video games by a roommate about an hour earlier.

OHIO STATE: Athletic director Gene Smith said Tuesday that Ohio State would not penalize itself by keeping the football team from making a postseason trip as a way of mitigating potential NCAA sanctions.

In an exchange of text messages with The Associated Press, Smith said, “Cannot speculate on what they (the NCAA) may do. No, we do not intend to self impose a post season sanction.”

There has been speculation that the NCAA might hand Ohio State a bowl ban in addition to its other penalties. College sports’ ruling body is still deciding Ohio State’s sanctions for several instances of players accepting improper benefits.

BIG EAST: Brigham Young won’t be part of the Big East’s westward expansion.

Negotiations between the rebuilding conference and BYU have broken off, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.


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