By Ron Fritz
Head of Sports
In March 2011 Sara Ganim of the Harrisburg Patriot News broke the news that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was being investigated by a grand jury for allegedly sexually abusing children.
A year later, Ganim and the Patriot News were award a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.
Just months after Ganim first reported the Sandusky grand jury, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned amid an NCAA investigation over a tattoo parlor scandal.
In August, Charles Robinson and Yahoo! Sports reported that a University of Miami booster, incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.
In November, Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine was accused by two former ball boys of allegedly sexually molesting them. He was let go later that month. A third accuser came forward, but has since recanted his story, saying he made it up.
These are just four scandals dominating college sports in 2011. Robinson and Emily Kulkus of the Syracuse Post-Standard will detail their investigations and stories about the Miami football and Syracuse basketball programs.
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