Local News 1-8-13

Coaching Search Rolls On

Penn State Director of Athletics Dr. Dave Joyner is pleased with the progress of the search for a new head football coach. In a statement released yesterday afternoon, Joyner said the search is on schedule and there has been an excellent pool of candidates. He still hopes to have a new coach selected in the coming days. A report yesterday indicated Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin was the front-runner for the position. Interim head coach Larry Johnson was expected to interview yesterday as well.

Sandusky Fights for Pension

Jerry Sandusky is hoping Pennsylvania will restore his canceled retirement benefits. According to the Associated Press, the convicted child abuser testified for nearly three hours by video link while handcuffed inside a western Pennsylvania prison yesterday. Sandusky focused on circumstances surrounding his retirement from Penn State and links between the university and the Second Mile charity. The state claims Sandusky continued to receive payments from Penn State after his retirement in 1999. The report says it could be months until Sandusky learns the fate of his case.

Distressed Plane lands Safely

No one was injured and no damage was reported after a small private airplane was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday morning at University Park Airport. According to the Centre Daily Times, after the plane took off from the Centre County airport, pilots noticed it was having difficulty maintaining altitude and speed. The plane safely returned to the airport for an emergency landing. Response crews from State College, Penn State and Bellefonte were on standby, but not needed.

Temperatures to Warm

A wind-chill warning for our area expires this morning after back-to-back nights of record cold temperatures. Still use caution throughout the day if must travel outside. Officials recommend using extra layers, hats and gloves and limiting time outdoors. According to Statecollege.com, West Penn Power officials said the State College area avoided major power outages during the peak of the arctic blast, despite many homes equipped with electric heat.

Paterno Lawsuit Proceeds in Court 

A portion of the Paterno family’s lawsuit against the NCAA will proceed in state courts. Potter County Judge John Leete did not eliminate allegations against the NCAA involving conspiracy with former FBI director Louis Freeh, potential defamation against university board members and former coaches and the consent decree’s portrayal for former Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Attorneys and Paterno family members expect the process to unveil additional information through depositions with individuals involved in the Sandusky scandal’s aftermath.

Women's Communications Pioneer Passes

Longtime Penn State Associate Sports Information Director and women’s sports supporter Mary Jo Haverbeck died Monday at the age of 74. The State College resident provided lifelong support for females in sports and athletic communications. Haverbeck earned several lifetime achievement awards for her work from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Haverbeck retired full-time from the university in 1999 but continued in roles as a reporter and instructor.