Penn state scandal: School hires law firm

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State's trustees have hired a large Pittsburgh-based law firm to represent them in relation to the child sex-abuse scandal for which three current and former university employees face criminal charges.

Reed Smith spokeswoman Jamie Moss said Thursday that the firm will be working on issues related to the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach accused of sexual abuse involving eight boys over 15 years, as well as administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who are charged with not properly alerting authorities to suspected abuse and perjury.

Penn State university police said a continuing search on Thursday turned up no record to support a former graduate assistant's claim he reported a sexual assault by Sandusky on a 10-year-old boy in a campus shower.

Mike McQueary, who is now an assistant coach but has been placed on administrative leave, wrote in an email to friends and given to The Associated Press that he had "discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police" about what he saw. In the email, McQueary did not specify whether he spoke to campus or State College police.

State College borough police Chief Tom King said McQueary didn't make a report to his department. Penn State has said campus police did not have any record of a report filed in 2002 by McQueary.

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl wants former Steelers and Penn State player Franco Harris to step down as chairman of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program because Harris has questioned football coach Joe Paterno's firing last week.

Congressman seeks hearing on Penn State, Citadel

The top Democrat on the House Education Committee called Wednesday for a hearing on the sex abuse scandals at Penn State and The Citadel.

California Rep. George Miller told the committee's chairman, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., in a letter that the hearing should look at whether changes are needed in federal laws designed to protect children and students.

At Penn State, university officials have been criticized for not alerting police.

The Citadel's president acknowledged this week that the South Carolina military college lost public trust by not aggressively pursuing a report of sexual abuse allegedly committed at its former summer camp.

Rose Bowl would welcome Penn State if it earns bid

The chief administrative officer of the Rose Bowl says if Penn State wins the Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions will be free to play in the top-tier post-season game as far as he's concerned.

Kevin Ash said that the Rose Bowl would let the Big Ten decide if there is a reason its champion shouldn't play.

"Whoever the champions are," Ash said, "we'll welcome with open arms."