STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — With today's deadline looming, the NCAA signaled it would give Penn State more time to respond to its inquiry over the university's handling of child sex abuse accusations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin said in a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert released Thursday that answers to the NCAA's questions about the Sandusky case might come from other, separate probes already in progress. Among them is a university trustees investigation spearheaded by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
Baldwin spoke to Emmert and other NCAA staff on Nov. 23 about the concurrent inquiries, according to the letter dated Dec. 12.
"The university understands that the NCAA will continue to monitor these investigations and will have access to the report" from Freeh and the trustees, Baldwin said.
"At that time, the NCAA will determine if further response from the university is necessary," she wrote.
The NCAA and Penn State indicated in recent weeks that the school may not make today's deadline to provide complete answers to several questions posed last month by Emmert.
Freeh's investigation is already sharing information that the NCAA said would help determine how the college sports' governing body would proceed.
Bulls in showcase games: Seven USF senior players have selected postseason showcase games to play in next month. Safety Jerrell Young, a Gibbs High graduate, will play in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on Jan. 21. Guard Jeremiah Warren, center Chaz Hine, receiver A.J. Love, defensive end Patrick Hampton, defensive tackle Keith McCaskill and cornerback Quenton Washington will play in the inaugural "Battle of Florida" on Jan. 21 in Boca Raton. Bobby Bowden and Howard Schnellenberger are coaches.
Gator to ohio state: Mickey Marotti, a member of new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's staff at Florida, will be hired as Ohio Stat's assistant athletic director for football sports performance and will be in charge of strength and conditioning.
Liberty hires Gill: Turner Gill, fired Nov. 27 after two seasons at Kansas, was named coach at Liberty, located in Lynchburg, Va., and founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. Liberty had six consecutive winning seasons under Danny Rocco, who left to take the top job at Richmond.
Gundy honored: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy was named coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America. The other finalists: Michigan's Brady Hoke, LSU's Les Miles, Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Clemson's Dabo Swinney.
Fordham: UConn quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead was named head coach at the school where he played quarterback and wide receiver and graduated in 1996.
USC: Tackle Matt Kalil will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft, where he is a projected top-five pick, ESPN reported.
Stipend on hold: An NCAA plan to give athletes a $2,000 stipend has been shelved. The NCAA said 125 schools called for an override of the plan approved in October to suspend it until the board of directors convenes in January. Concerns include implementation; the perceived impact on competitive equity; and implications for Title IX. Some conferences already agreed to start giving out the additional money, and the NCAA said athletes who signed national letters-of-intent with the expectation of receiving the money will get it.
New espn deal: The NCAA agreed to a $500 million deal with ESPN to broadcast the championships in many of its sports through 2023-24, and adding women's gymnastics, men's and women's fencing, Division I women's lacrosse, D-I men's and women's outdoor track, and women's bowling.
Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.