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Former college football star, wife killed by son, police say

Former Texas A&M star Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, are dead after a shooting Friday morning in their home in Houston.

KTRK reported Saturday that the couple’s 16-year-old son has been charged with capital murder. The son is believed to have called 911 after the shooting. He is not being named due to his age.

The wife died at the scene, while Armstrong was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

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According to KTRK, the couple was shot in their bedroom.

Armstrong was a fitness instructor, motivational speaker and associate pastor in Houston. The couple ran a gym in Bellaire and Armstrong maintained a YouTube channel called Strong Talk.

According to KTRK, no motive has been revealed. There was no signs of a struggle, according to police. Police and family members described the Armstrong family as "all-American."

The couple's daughter was home at the time of the shooting, but was unharmed.

Armstrong was an All-American in 1994. He played one season in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

The son is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

Ohio State gets quarterback verbal commit via drone video

Ohio State may be used to elite quarterbacks committing to their program, but not in this fashion. 

Just remember Emory Jones as the one who committed via drone video. 

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The Heard County four-star prospect from Franklin, Georgia, is the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the nation for 2018, according to 247Sports.

For more on Jones’ commitment, check out’s story.

Unsealed court records claim Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky allegations in 1976

More claims are coming to light that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew about allegations that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused boys on the Penn State campus.

Court documents from 2014 unsealed Tuesday, show that a victim, called John Doe 150 said Sandusky inappropriately touched him when he was 14 years old in 1976, The Washington Post reported.

The man, who is now an adult, was attending a football camp at Penn State University when he said Sandusky touched him as he took a shower.

The victim said he spoke to Paterno about what happened and told him that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him. Doe said Paterno ignored it, court records showed.

>>Related: Over 200 Penn State football players demand return of Paterno statue

"Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, 'I don't want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about'?" the attorney asked the victim during a 2014 hearing, The Washington Post reported.

The man replied: "Specifically. Yes ... I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted ... I said, 'Is that all you're going to do? You're not going to do anything else?'"

Doe 150 said that Paterno then walked away.

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The court records contain allegations from multiple victims who said they were assaulted over the 22 years before someone reported abuse concerns to law enforcement in 1998, The Washington Post reported.

The latest documents are being released because of a lawsuit between Penn State and its insurance company. The existence of the testimony was made public in May, but the details weren't released until Tuesday.

Penn State is trying to get reimbursed by the insurance company for the $93 million that it paid out in settlements to Sandusky's victims, The Washington Post reported.

Other allegations include, according to the Washington Post:

  • John Doe 75 testified that Sandusky had his hand down the boy's shorts in 1987 and it was witnessed by another assistant coach who did nothing.
  • John Doe 101 testified that Sandusky's questionable behavior around young boys who were not his children was well-known in the university's football program. John Doe 101 said a weight room assistant saw him lying on a couch in his underwear in 1988 and Sandusky seated on the floor nearby, rubbing the boy's back. 

>>Related: Insurance company: Joe Paterno was told of Sandusky abuse allegations in 1976

The family of Paterno, who died in 2012, fired back on Twitter, saying that the claims are only claims and there is no documentation supporting the allegations.

The family denied in a statement to the Post that there had been a cover-up.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 and was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, The Washington Post reported. He was found guilty on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys.

Read The Washington Post's story here.

Over 200 Penn State football players demand return of Paterno statue

Over 200 former Penn State football players are demanding a statue of former head coach Joe Paterno be returned to its place outside the stadium and that the school apologize to his widow.

The statue was taken down in 2012 due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, Paterno's defensive coordinator for years, was convicted on dozens of counts of child sex abuse. 

Some of Paterno's players say the two-time national championship coach has been treated unfairly. Dozens of Penn State lettermen signed a letter to the school that said Paterno had been subject to "an underserved media frenzy."

Former Nittany Lions player Brian Masella told ESPN, "Joe Paterno has been cast in a negative light and we're trying to correct that narrative. The university has ignored us over and over again."

But several reports indicated Paterno knew what was going on. After the scandal broke, Penn State commissioned an investigation into how the school had dealt with the sexual abuse allegations. 

It found that Paterno and other administrators "repeatedly concealed critical facts, relating to Sandusky's child abuse, from the authorities, the board of trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large."

And a court filing from the school’s insurance company said Paterno was informed of abuse allegations in 1976. Sandusky's trial revealed many of the assaults occurred at Penn State facilities and continued until at least 2009.

The university issued a statement thanking players for the letter but didn't say it has any plans to restore the statue.

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Insurance company: Joe Paterno was told of Sandusky abuse allegations in 1976

What did Joe Paterno know,and when did he know it? New allegations have come to light that Penn State University's legendary football coach was told about sex abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, in 1976.

Sandusky was part of Paterno's coaching staff from 1969 to 1999. 

The claims were made public when a Philadelphia court order was released Thursday.

The order said that Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance said that "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky," NBC News reported.

There were two other claims that in 1987 and in 1988 other assistant coaches saw Sandusky and children in "inappropriate" or "sexual" conduct. 

Another allegation, also in 1988, was taken to Penn State's athletic director.

The court order is part of a case currently being decided in which Penn State University hopes to get back the more than $60 million it has paid to settle almost 30 civil claims surrounding the Sandusky abuse case.

The court said that the university cannot claim insurance coverage for settlements on cases that stem from 1992 to 1999 because of "provisions in policies written in those years excluding claims of sexual abuse," The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania reported.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 for the sexual abuse of 10 boys between 1994 and 2008 and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. He is petitioning for a new trial. 

Paterno died in January 2012. 

His family said in reference to the new claims they want "a full public review of the facts," NBC News reported.

Read more on the case here.

Nick Saban ranks among 'World's Greatest Leaders'

Nick Saban's influence now stretches beyond the gridirons of the Southeastern Conference and college football.

Alabama's head football coach has been named to Fortune’s list of "2016 World’s Greatest Leaders."

Fortune says those who made list are "men and women transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same." 

The list includes the likes of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, German leader Angela Merkel and Pope Francis. 

OK. Makes sense.

Saban crashes the list at No. 11.

His credentials? He brought Alabama football back to prominence.  

Saban has won four national championship in the last seven years at Alabama and five in his career. He boasts a 100-18 record in nine years at the Capstone with four SEC Championships.

From what we know of Saban, we presume this will be his reaction to making the list:

Many believe SEC football to be in a class of its own, but Saban as No. 11 WORLD leader? 

Beats being the "Trump of football."

Interestingly, the website Worth ranked what it considered the "60 Most Powerful People in Sports" and Saban's name is awkwardly absent. The list is encompassed largely of league chiefs and media CEOs. 

Being college football's highest paid coach must wield no power.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh 'urges' Obama to put Judge Judy on Supreme Court

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As the political fight still roars on over what to do with the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia, University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has his own idea: Judge Judy.

President Obama has been in talks with people he is considering for his nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat.

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Meanwhile, Republicans are insisting that the president should stand down from the process and let the next president decide who fills the position.

But Harbaugh thinks the perfect choice is already clear: Judge Judith Sheinlin.

You may know Sheinlin better as the star of the popular court TV show, “Judge Judy.”

The coach’s endorsement is no surprise. He has made his fandom of the TV-famous judge quite clear in the past.

But with TV stars eagerly thrusting themselves into the political world, the suggestion may not be so absurd after all.

>>10 percent believe Judge Judy already on Supreme Court

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NCAA rule gives Alabama a huge advantage over Clemson

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With just days to go until college football’s national championship, Clemson and Alabama are preparing to square off for the title. But when Jan. 11 rolls around, the Crimson Tide will likely be much more prepared, thanks to the NCAA.

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The NCAA’s 20-hour rule says that "athletically-related activities may occur not more than 20 hours per week, with a maximum of four hours per day."

But that rule only goes into effect once classes start. At Clemson, the spring semester, and the tightened practice schedule, begins Jan. 6. (Video via Clemson University)

But the Crimson Tide won’t roll into class until Jan. 13, two days after the title game. So Bama can practice all they want. And, knowing Alabama coach Nick Saban, that’s going to be a lot. (Video via University of Alabama

With all the different plays and formations coaches will want to add, the practice disparity gives a huge advantage to Alabama who’s already favored by a touchdown, according to ESPN.

And this is an advantage we saw firsthand during last year's championship game. The Ohio State Buckeyes enjoyed a longer winter break, and therefore more practice time, than the Oregon Ducks. The Buckeyes rolled to a 42-20 victory.

But Ohio State coach Urban Meyer downplayed the rule before the national championship game, saying he didn’t want to push his players too hard at the end of a long season. (Video via CBS)

He told Bleacher Report: "That 20-hour thing? Yeah, we were way below that. … Don’t re-practice things you don’t have to re-practice because you’re just wearing them out."

While Meyer may not have used his advantage, it still seems unfair that one team could have that option. But the playoff is still new, and despite the kinks that need to be worked out, it’s still a big improvement from the BCS.

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