PSU community has mixed reactions to NCAA sanctions

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PSU community has mixed reactions to NCAA sanctions

STATE COLLEGE, Pa The day after Joe Paternos statue was removed from the shadow of Beaver Stadium, members of Penn States football team filed out of the Lasch Building on Monday morning. They kept moving -- avoiding the pack of television cameras and reporters stationed along the sidewalk -- as they headed off to their cars or walked down a nearby street that leads to the housing units where most of them live. None of them talked.

About an hour earlier, the NCAA announced sweeping penalties and corrective actions against Penn States football program because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In massive punitive measures, the NCAA fined Penn State 60 million -- which will be paid in 12 million increments over five years and put into a special endowment to fund programs to detect, prevent and treat child abuse -- placed the school on a five-year probationary period and a four-year postseason bowl game ban, and ordered an annual reduction of 10 scholarships over four years.

The NCAA also vacated all of the Nittany Lions victories between 1998 and 2011. As a result, Paterno who previously held the record for most wins by a college football coach now ranks 12th all-time.

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Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.

After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season. 

For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes. 

Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.

Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's. 

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VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.

No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.

On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.

According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent. 

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small. 

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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few. 

In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.