STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State could pay out millions of dollars in severance to a half-dozen assistants who weren't retained by new head coach Bill O'Brien.
Acting athletic director David Joyner said Friday that the status of the assistant coaches who aren't coming back from former coach Joe Paterno's staff hasn't been finalized. Some may retire, others could seek different jobs at Penn State or move on.
The severances for the full-time assistants were negotiated by Paterno when he signed a three-year extension in December 2008 to provide financial security for his staff if he left as head coach, the athletic department said in a statement.
The total amount budgeted in the 2008 extension severance for all nine assistants was $4.4 million, though the final figure will likely be lower given two assistants — defensive line coach Larry Johnson and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden — have been retained.
Texas Tech rejects deal: The school rejected an offer by former football coach Mike Leach to settle his lawsuit against it. Leach, now the coach at Washington State, informed Tech in a Nov. 28 letter that he'd "settle and move on" if he was paid what he was due for his last season. He didn't specify an amount. Tech attorney Dicky Grigg says the offer was unanimously rejected by regents because the university believes Leach has been paid what he was owed. Leach was fired amid claims that he mistreated receiver Adam James, son of current U.S. Senate candidate Craig James.
Tennessee: Defensive line coach John Palermo, a former Seminoles player, joined coach Derek Dooley's staff. Palermo spent the past two seasons at Middle Tennessee State.
North Carolina: Junior guard Dexter Strickland will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
N.C. State: Guard C.J. Williams (right shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday's game at Miami.