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More tough times for Penn State: Sandusky victim to release book, another player leaves, attendance down

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The Nittany Lions' difficult year continues.

Penn State will get another reminder of the Jerry Sandusky scandal next month. Victim 1, who testified in the trial against the former Penn State defensive coordinator, has a book deal, the publisher announced. ''Silent No More: Victim #1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky,'' will be released Oct. 23, and the now 18-year-old victim will reveal his identity that day in an interview with ABC. While speaking out publicly will hopefully provide some closure for the victim, for the school it will be another very public reminder of its darkest days.

The less important on-the-field news hasn't been too positive either.

Penn State lost another player this week, as third-string quarterback Paul Jones left the team. Jones tweeted, "My dream is playing quarterback. And I'm going to chase it."

Jones had been passed for the backup quarterback job by freshman Steven Bench and then was moved to tight end. Receiver Shawney Kersey and kicker Matt Marcincin also left the team during this season.

In addition, ESPN reports that attendance is falling at Penn State games. According to the report, the crowd of 93,680 last week was the lowest since a 1995 game played in a snowstorm. Penn State hasn't drawn more than 100,000 fans for any of its first three games, the first time since 2000 that has happened, the report said.

The fallout from the Sandusky scandal is still hitting Penn State, and will continue to for a while.

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