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PSU Trustees Hold Tuesday Night Teleconference
Updated: Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011, 11:26 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011, 5:17 PM EST
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It was an emotional Tuesday night in Happy Valley, and there were lots of developments in the Penn State child sex scandal.
Sources tell FOX 29 News that, since a press conference on Monday, the number of potential victims has more than doubled in the case.
We've learned there may be as many as 17 accusers coming forward against one-time Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
State officials publicized two phone numbers for potential victims to call, and within a day it seems investigators have new leads.
There are eight victims listed in the grand jury presentment, and 40 charges have been leveled against Sandusky, a long-time assistant to Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky allegedly met the boys through The Second Mile, a charity he founded in the late 1970s.
Paterno was not named in the grand jury finding as violating any laws, and authorities have said he is not a target of the investigation.
Students rallied Tuesday night in support of Paterno, but we heard that university trustees were huddling up, too.
FOX 29's Bruce Gordon reported that university trustees met via teleconference Tuesday night.
Around 11 p.m. came word that the trustees will appoint a special committee to investigate the scandal that has rocked the school.
It's a safe bet that Paterno's name also came up, Gordon reported. Clearly, the adults who run the place want the iconic, legendary head coach gone. But a vocal segment of the student body turned Tuesday into a daylong love fest.
A loud and raucous rally in support of Paterno was wrapping up around 10 p.m. outside Beaver Stadium, right across the street from the JoePa statue.
The rally grew out of social media and began outside Paterno's off-campus home as he returned home from afternoon practice.
Paterno was clearly overcome with emotion.
"It's hard for me to tell you how much this means to me. All right? You guys, I've lived for this place, I've lived for people like you guys and girls, and I'm just so happy to see that the, you know, that you feel so strongly about us and about your school."
Mindful that the show of support was turning into a pep rally, Paterno asked the students to keep the young victims of this sex scandal in their prayers.
"Tough life when people do certain things to you. But, anyway, you guys have been great," Paterno said.
Earlier in the day, the university abruptly pulled the plug on a planned news conference.
Behind the scene, there's every indication that trustees are moving to oust Paterno over his failure to act more aggressively to stop the growing sex scandal.
Paterno spoke briefly with reporters earlier Tuesday, saying, "I know you guys have a lot of questions, and I was hoping I was going to be able to answer them today. But we'll try to do it soon, as soon as we can. I can't do it today."
Paterno's son, Scott, who is serving as his spokesman, said a New York Times report that his father is leaving isn't true.
The New York Times reported that two sources told it that Penn State officials were negotiating Paterno's exit, perhaps within days, in the wake of the Sandusky sex scandal.
Scott Paterno called that report "fiction."
He said, "Any discussion of exit strategy has not taken place with anyone that is advising Joe or Joe himself. That's all I can tell you. There has been no discussion between the university and Coach Paterno. Nothing has changed."
Outside his home Tuesday night, the coach led cheers of "We are," and students replied "Penn State."
"And we'll always be," the octogenarian coach added.
"Penn State," students answered twice.
As he retreated inside his home, cheering students vowed to stand by their beleaguered hero.
"He just got his 409th win last week, and to see all of this unfold, it's just heartbreaking," freshman Alexis Desa said. "We're going to do everything we can to be behind him and support him, no matter what."
Paterno was not the only one under fire Tuesday night. University President Graham Spanier is also facing a lot of criticism over his handling of this child sex abuse scandal.
Both of those names are likely to be on the agenda when the board of trustees meet face-to-face in public session Friday. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he will be there.
Jerry Sandusky was supposed to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday on dozens of child sex abuse charges.
However, on Tuesday afternoon court officials decided to push that back until Dec. 7.
Sandusky is currently free on $100,000 bail.
The other two men charged, former athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, will appear in court next week on charges of failing to notify authorities about the allegations against Sandusky and lying to a grand jury.
Meanwhile, Congressman Pat Meehan is calling for a federal investigation into how Penn State handled the allegations against Sandusky.
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