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PSU, OSU have had troubled, troubling seasons

By Rusty Miller

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Nov. 14 2011 11:41 a.m. MST

Penn State's Shane McGregor takes a knee after his team's 17-14 loss to Nebraska in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in State College, Pa. Penn State played for the first time in decades without former head coach Joe Paterno, after he was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.

THE WORLD-HERALD, AP Photo, The World-Herald, Alyssa Schukar) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO SALES The Nebraska Huskers play the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2011. ALYSSA SCHUKAR

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The football programs at Penn State and Ohio State have had troubled and troubling seasons.

Penn State is still in shock over the scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with sexually abusing young boys. Coach Joe Paterno was fired last week amid claims he did not do enough to alert authorities of an alleged assault that was brought to his attention.

The university president was also let go. The criminal investigation continues.

Ohio State's issues seem minor in comparison. The Buckeyes have been under NCAA investigation for almost a year since it was learned football players traded memorabilia for cash and discounted tattoos. The scandal led to coach Jim Tressel being ousted. An NCAA probe continues.

Penn State and Ohio State play Saturday in Columbus.

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