Penn State will donate $1.5 million in bowl proceeds to a pair of groups that work with sex-crime victims, a gesture aimed at healing the school's battered image in the wake of child sex charges against a former assistant football coach.
University President Rod Erickson promised the donation the morning after he and other administrators faced pointed questions at a student-organized town hall forum.
Erickson told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that the Big Ten bowl revenue, which usually goes back to the athletic department, will go instead to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Also Thursday, Jerry Sandusky's lawyer said he has not discussed pleading guilty with his client and that the former coach continues to maintain he is innocent of the charges against him.
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In another development, lawyers for a young man described in a grand jury report as a victim of sexual abuse by Sandusky said Thursday they had settled a legal action regarding a charity's assets.
Harrisburg attorneys Ben Andreozzi and Jeffrey Fritz said the settlement protected the claim their client plans to assert to the assets of The Second Mile, a nonprofit for at-risk children Sandusky founded in 1977.
The Second Mile said earlier this week that its donors should consider giving their money instead to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the latest sign that the charity may not be around much longer.
The Wednesday night forum on Penn State's main campus came on the heels of fresh sex abuse allegations against Sandusky, who was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a young boy more than 100 times after meeting him through his charity.
Source: Vols WR coach Charlie Baggett to retire
A person familiar with the decision says Tennessee wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett has decided to retire.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced by the university.
Coach Derek Dooley hired Baggett after taking over the Tennessee program in early 2010. The 58-year-old Baggett earned $400,000 for the 2011 season.
A&M fires Sherman
Mike Sherman has been fired as Texas A&M's coach after the Aggies finished the regular season a disappointing 6-6.
Sherman was 25-25 in four seasons. His best and only winning season came last year when the Aggies won their last six regular-season games and lost in the Cotton Bowl to finish 9-4.
Ex-coach receives $240,000 to settle lawsuit
Savannah State University's ex-football coach received a $240,000 settlement to dismiss a federal discrimination lawsuit he filed last year claiming the historically black college fired him because he's white.
A copy of the settlement obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday shows Robby Wells' attorneys were paid $110,000 in addition to the money paid to the former coach.