Penn State asks NCAA for an extension to respond
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Facing a deadline today, Penn State asked for more time to respond to an NCAA inquiry over the university's handling of accusations of child sex abuse 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 with Emmert and other NCAA staff by phone 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 before requesting more time.
The NCAA and Penn State signaled in recent weeks the school may not make the deadline to provide complete answers to questions posed by the college sports governing body.
The Big Ten Conference announced last week it also would conduct its own review and reserved the right to hand down sanctions pending its findings. The 12-member league also planned an immediate review of institutional control of athletics at its schools.
The Department of Education also is looking into Penn State, along with the separate criminal case by the state attorney general's office.
Texas coach Mack Brown said defensive assistant Duane Akina will interview for the head coaching job at Hawaii. Akina is a Hawaii native. Brown said he would like Akina to stay but would support the move. Akina has spent the last 11 seasons at Texas coaching the secondary.
Liberty brought in Turner Gill as its football coach and the school also hired a firm to help it study the feasibility of moving up to Division I-A. Gill was fired Nov. 27 at Kansas after just two seasons into a five-year contract. He takes over for Danny Rocco , who left after the season to take the top job at Richmond.
Fordham hired Connecticut quarterbacks coach and former Rams player Joe Moorhead to be its new coach.
Junior safety Serge Kona was selected to The Associated Press Division I-AA All-America team. He was a third-team pick.
Proponents of a college football playoff are launching a new national campaign aimed at taking down the Bowl Championship Series. The "We Want a Playoff Now" campaign was introduced on Capitol Hill. It includes the lobbying firm The Moffett Group, headed up by former Rep. Toby Moffett , D-Conn., and the communications firm, New Partners.
First Published December 16, 2011 12:00 am