Penn State Updates
HARRISBURG,Pa.(AP) – Soon after his pending sentencing, Jerry Sandusky will probably be walking into aPennsylvaniastate prison with little more than a watch and wedding band. He’ll be able to work a 30-hour week to make a few dollars. He’ll be able to watchPennStatefootball, but not violent movies. If the formerPennStateassistant coach gets the lengthy state prison term his lawyer expects, he’ll be living under the many rules of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. His first stop will be the Camp Hill state prison, where male inmates undergo testing, and classification. From there, he’ll be sent out to a home prison, but there’s no way to predict where he’ll end up. If he writes a book, state law will prevent him from profiting from it.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Another milestone arrives forPennStateduring the upcoming off week, but players have no plans to keep tabs of this event. Ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest last year sparked the scandal that plunged the program into turmoil, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. He’ll likely spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction on 45 criminal counts including child sex abuse.PennStateplayers, who had nothing to do with the scandal, but bore the brunt of the NCAA’s wrath, have long moved on. They’re focused on football and what’s turning into a promising season – not the courtroom. The Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) are on a four-game winning streak heading into their bye week following a 39-28 win Saturday over previously-unbeaten Northwestern.
HARRISBURG,Pa.(AP) – Some of the jurors who convicted Jerry Sandusky say they’ll be at his sentencing and hope he’ll be sent away for the rest of his life. Four of the five jurors contacted by The Associated Press said they plan to attend the sentencing hearing Tuesday inBellefonte,Pa.A fifth says he’ll read about it afterward, and the other seven haven’t been identified. The 68-year-oldSanduskyis likely to get a lengthy prison term from Judge John Cleland, given the serious nature of his convictions for child sexual abuse, and the fact that he was found guilty of 45 crimes. The formerPennStateassistant football coach maintains his innocence and plans to appeal.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Changes to football season ticket guidelines atPennStateaim to boost attendance two years after the school instituted new donation levels that left some fans unhappy. DespitePennState’s 39-28 homecoming game win over Northwestern on Saturday, average attendance is down slightly since 2010, though donations to the football booster club are up slightly. To counter,PennStatelast week lowered minimum donation levels for about 11,500 seats at 106,572-seat Beaver Stadium. Other donation levels were frozen, too, and the school has promised to hold the line on the actual price of tickets of $55 per game. The athletic department is self-supporting and doesn’t draw from tuition dollars. Athletic officials had said years ago that the department faced mounting budget pressures – long before the NCAA levied sanctions in July including a $60 million fine. The department has said the booster club donations are used to help pay for other sports – and won’t be used to pay the fine.
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