Penn State will not renew contract of athletic director Tim Curley

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Penn State will not renew the contract of athletic director Tim Curley, who has been on leave since being charged last year with perjury and failing to report a child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky.

The school notified Curley his contract would not renewed when it expires in June.

Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz are scheduled to stand trial in January in Harrisburg on the perjury and failure to report charges. Both men have denied the allegations against them.

Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, is serving a minimum 30-year prison sentence for molesting 10 boys.

Curley was charged in November. The school has paid about $2 million so far for the legal defense of Curley, Schultz and former president Graham Spanier.

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Mark Allen, a running back at DeMatha High School in Maryland who will graduate in 2014, committed to Penn State.

"He's always liked the school," his coach, Elijah Brooks, said, " ... a school he's envisioned going to since he was young. ...What sealed the deal was going to camp. I think it was a no-brainer for him."

Brooks was referring to Penn State's summer camp, in which Allen attended this summer. This fall, Brooks said, Allen has averaged just under 100 rushing yards per game and nearly 150 all-purpose yards.

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