State won't appeal ruling giving Jerry Sandusky back pension


State won't appeal ruling giving Jerry Sandusky back pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's large public-sector pension system isn't appealing a court order that restores a $4,900-a-month pension to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The 30-day window has expired during which the State Employees' Retirement System could have appealed a Nov. 13 Commonwealth Court ruling that said the system was wrong to classify Sandusky as a university employee at the time of the child sex abuse crimes that were the basis of his pension forfeiture.

System spokesman Jay Pagni said Tuesday no money has yet been paid to Sandusky and his wife Dottie, who are owed back benefits plus interest, going back to when his pension payments were ended in October 2012.

He said officials will be in contact with the Sanduskys' representatives to determine how much is owed. Sandusky collected a $148,000 lump sum upon retirement.

"The system will comply with the court order," Pagni said.

Rick Beran, Sandusky's lawyer in the pension forfeiture appeal, could not be reached for comment.

The court said Sandusky did not maintain an employer-employee relationship with the university after 1999, when he retired after decades with Penn State.

Sandusky, 71, was convicted in July 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including incidents on university property. He is currently serving 30 to 60 years in Greene State Prison.

Sandusky maintains he was wrongly convicted and is currently pursuing an appeal in county court near State College.

Penn State disclosed last month it had settled with six more of Sandusky's victims or accusers, bringing the total to 32 claims worth $93 million.

Penn State holds off Marquette to reach NIT semifinals

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Penn State holds off Marquette to reach NIT semifinals


MILWAUKEE -- Lamar Stevens tied his career high with 30 points, Tony Carr added 25 and Penn State beat Marquette 85-80 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT semifinals.

The Nittany Lions (24-13) will face Mississippi State (25-11) at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 27. They advanced to the NIT semis for the first time since winning the 2009 tournament.

Stevens hit three crucial buckets in the final three minutes, including a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Josh Reaves for an eight-point lead with one minute left. The 6-foot-8 Stevens then maneuvered through a couple Marquette players to secure a rebound off Andrew Rowsey's missed 3 with 46 seconds left.

Carr went 5 of 8 from the foul line over the final 30 seconds to give Marquette another chance. Rowsey hit a 3 and a layup to get the Golden Eagles as close as 83-80 with six seconds left before the Golden Eagles ran out of time.

Shep Garner scored 19 points and set two Penn State records, including most 3s in a season (112). Garner's 73 career wins are the most in a four-year span since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1992-93.

Rowsey, a senior, scored 29 points for Marquette (21-14).

The Golden Eagles had whittled a 14-point deficit early in the second half to 72-68 with 2:39 left on three foul shots by Rowsey. Penn State went nearly three minutes without a bucket and got sloppy with the ball and the sharpshooting Golden Eagles started hitting 3s to get back in the game.

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

No surprises on the Main Line and well, the Quakers have quite the hill to climb to advance.

Villanova on Sunday night was awarded the 1-seed in the East Region and will face the winner of the LIU Brooklyn/Radford game Thursday in Pittsburgh. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. on TNT.

The Wildcats have been a top-two seed since 2014 and it's the second straight year they're a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova was the No. 1 overall seed in last year's tournament.

Penn was named the 16th seed in the Midwest Region and will face the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday at 2 p.m. on TBS in Wichita, Kansas.

Steve Donahue has the Quakers back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 in his third season as Penn's head coach.

The Quakers are 24-8 and this will be their 24th-ever appearance in the tournament.

'Nova survived a scare from Providence on Saturday night to win its second straight Big East title and its third in the past four years.

If the Wildcats beat LIU Brooklyn/Radford, they'll face the winner of the No. 8-seeded Virginia Tech and No. 9 seed Alabama. Purdue is the No. 2 seed in the East.

Also in the East are No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Wichita State.