PennState Updates: O’Brien staying, Sandusky leaving
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Bill O’Brien is staying at PennState. O’Brien’s agent, Joseph Linta, said Thursday night that the Nittany Lions’ head coach garnered interest from several NFL teams for vacant jobs at the next level. However, Linta said the “heartstrings” of O’Brien’s experience from PennState’s 8-4 season in his first year outweighed the potentially big raise he could have received as an NFL head coach.
He said O’Brien made the decision to stay at PennState and not move forward with potential NFL opportunities Thursday. O’Brien has been lauded for guiding PennState to a successful season following strict NCAA sanctions on PennState for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A judge is allowing former PennState assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to leave his state prison cell in order to appear next week at a court hearing. Judge John Cleland on Thursday signed the order permitting Sandusky to travel Jan. 10 from the State Correctional Institution at Greene in western Pennsylvania to the hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte in central Pennsylvania.
He was convicted in CentreCounty court in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys. Sandusky will be picked up and transported by CentreCounty sheriff’s deputies. The hearing will address Sandusky’s post-sentencing motions. Sandusky maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals. Authorities have said Sandusky molested victims inside university facilities, area hotels and inside his home.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general says she granted Gov. Tom Corbett the authority to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA because her office is currently prosecuting three PennState administrators. Attorney General Linda Kelly told The Associated Press on Thursday that “an actual conflict of interest could, and likely would, arise if this office were involved in both cases.”
Kelly says the “size and scope” of the criminal cases “made it untenable” for the state prosecutors’ office to also be involved in the civil lawsuit. Kelly says her office got the request from Corbett on Dec. 14 and granted it a few days later. Corbett nominated Kelly to succeed him as attorney general two years ago, when Corbett became governor.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s governor is defending his change of heart on the NCAA sanctions imposed on Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.Gov. Tom Corbett filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA on Wednesday for the heavy sanctions it imposed over the school’s handling of accusations against the former assistant football coach.
They included a $60 million fine and a four-year ban on participation in bowl games. In a Thursday morning interview on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, Corbett said he supported the sanctions when they were imposed over the summer because he believed PennState should follow NCAA rules. He says he later concluded that the NCAA was violating its own rules. The Republican made the rounds Thursday on national TV and talk-radio shows in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
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