December 31, 2011
Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, left, and former head coach Joe Paterno were linked to the school’s sex abuse scandal. McQueary reportedly saw former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assault a boy in a locker room shower, and Paterno was fired in the aftermath for not doing more to report Sandusky.
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2011 was a year marred by turmoil, including child sex abuse scandals at Penn State and Syracuse, lockouts in the NFL and NBA and plenty of college football wrongdoings around the nation.