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Sports, coaches hold sway at many colleges
In wake of Penn State abuse case, many questioning power vested in football coaches, programs
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) As the country absorbs the independent report released Thursday on the Penn State sex abuse scandal, some see it as more than an indictment of one school. They see it as underscoring how major-college sports, football in particular, have run amok.

The investigators determined that Penn State officials, including the university president and legendary coach Joe Paterno, protected their cash-cow football program instead of young boys who were victimized by former Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Some say the case will spark change but Murray Sperber, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is skeptical. He says he's seen too many scandals where "nobody learned anything."

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