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Penn State settles suit over alleged Jerry Sandusky abuse in 2007

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Penn State settles suit over alleged Jerry Sandusky abuse in 2007

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Penn State has settled a lawsuit by a man who claimed former university assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in a car in 2007, when the man was about 14 years old.

The settlement notice was posted Monday on the Philadelphia courts website and confirmed by a lawyer for the plaintiff, called John Doe in case documents.

The case had been scheduled for trial in late February, but late last month the parties told the judge they no longer needed Sandusky to be brought to Philadelphia from the state prison where he is serving a lengthy sentence.

Sandusky's wife, Dottie, said Tuesday he denies the man's allegations of wrongdoing, but does remember taking the boy to visit a coach at Bucknell University and then to dinner.

A Penn State spokeswoman said there is only one pending civil case left related to Sandusky abuse allegations, a Philadelphia lawsuit filed under the name Jack Doe. She declined to comment on the John Doe case being settled.

The university has paid more than $109 million to settle Sandusky abuse claims by at least 35 people.

Sandusky, 73, maintains he was wrongly convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is pursuing appeals.

John Doe was granted judgment against Sandusky last summer after Sandusky, a defendant in the case, did not respond. The trial would have determined how much he might owe in the case. Sandusky had refused to leave his prison cell when attorneys arrived to depose him in April.

Court records show John Doe claimed he met Sandusky around the summer of 2005 through The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk youth Sandusky founded in 1977.

The next year, Sandusky gave him free tickets to Penn State football games and visited him at home when he was sick.

In March 2007, John Doe claimed, Sandusky took him to Bucknell in central Pennsylvania.

He alleged Sandusky touched and rubbed his thigh on the way to meet the coach and when they ate pizza together afterward.

He claimed that on the way home, Sandusky "slowly slid his hand up (the boy's) thigh and began grabbing, squeezing, rubbing and fondling" his genitals.

The lawsuit says state prosecutors in 2012 "recognized" John Doe as a victim of sexual abuse by Sandusky and that he testified before a grand jury.

John Doe accused Penn State of negligence and recklessness in its handling of Sandusky complaints.

The university had argued in a court filing that it "owes no legal duty" to a young man it did not know who alleged an activity that happened off-campus by a former employee unrelated to school business.

Saquon Barkley is headed to the NFL

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Saquon Barkley is headed to the NFL

Saquon Barkley has played his final down at Penn State.

Barkley on Sunday night officially declared for the NFL draft, forgoing his senior season.

Farewell Penn State, thank you for everything! #WeAre 🔵⚪️

A post shared by Saquon Barkley (@sb_xxvi) on

In the Instagram post, Barkley wrote:

"I would like to start off by saying thank you so much for all of the memories that you have helped create over the last three years, whether it be on the football field, in school or in the community," Barkley said in a statement. "I am forever grateful to you for making my time here so enjoyable. You have been amazing to me through the ups and downs of my career and you will always have a special place in my heard.

“With that being said, God has blessed me with the opportunity to pursue the dream I have had since I was a little kid of playing in the NFL. I would like to thank God, my family, especially my mom, dad, brothers and sisters, my coaches and teammates, the athletic training and performance enhancements staffs at Penn State, my support system from Whitehall and the Penn State fans who have helped me be in position to have a decision like this. After lots of thought, prayer and conversation with those closest to me, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft."

The 5-foot-11, 230-pound running back was a Heisman Trophy frontrunner for most of the 2017 season, though he didn't finish as a finalist. Barkley finished with 1,271 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns on 217 carries. He added 632 more yards in the receiving game, along with three TDs, and 426 yards in the return game. Barkley was a threat to score no matter how PSU got him the ball.

In No. 9 Penn State's 35-28 win over No. 11 Washington in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Barkley ran for 137 yards on 18 carries and caught seven balls for 38 yards.

Barkley became the 14th player ever to be unanimously selected to the NCAA All-American team. He also won the Paul Hornung Award (college football's most versatile player) and took home the Big Ten's offensive player of the year, running back of the year and return specialist of the year.

"Saquon Barkley is a once in a lifetime type of player and it has been an honor to coach him and watch him grow into a fantastic young man," Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a statement.

“Saquon has left a legacy both on and off the field that will long be remembered by the Penn State community. Saquon knows he has some unfinished business in the classroom. Knowing how much it means to him, I have the utmost confidence that he will follow through on his promise and the plan that we have discussed to earn his Penn State degree. As good of a player as he is, he is an even better person and I look forward to watching him achieve his dream of playing in the NFL."

Barkley is projected to be a first-round pick — a potential top-10 pick too — in April's NFL draft and most likely the first running back drafted. 

Saquon Barkley leads No. 9 Penn State to Fiesta Bowl win

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Saquon Barkley leads No. 9 Penn State to Fiesta Bowl win


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Converting on third downs had been a sore spot at Penn State, so coach James Franklin made it a point of emphasis in spring ball and fall camp.

The Nittany Lions kept working at it during the season and kept getting better, peaking at the perfect time.

Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and had both of his touchdown passes to DaeSean Hamilton on third-down plays, helping No. 9 Penn State outlast No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.

"Our coaches did a fantastic job and the O line protected and the receivers made plays," Franklin said. "We were very efficient. We executed."

Penn State (11-2), No. 9 in the final College Football Rankings, had its way with Washington's vaunted defense early, building a 28-7 lead by the second quarter. Washington (10-3) woke up from an offensive slumber with two touchdowns and pulled to 35-28 on Myles Gaskins' 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Huskies' inability to stop Penn State on third down kept them from getting any closer.

The Nittany Lions converted three third-down attempts on a final clock-winding drive and were 13 for 17 overall. Washington had a final shot with a desperation play of multiple laterals and passes, but Dante Pettis' final lateral was intercepted after he passed up a chance to step out of bounds to set up one more play.

"I think a lot of it was McSorley," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "He's buying time, getting out of there. And when we did get a little pressure on him, he stepped up nicely and took off and ran or bought time."

Washington had the nation's top run defense during the regular season, allowing 92 yards per game, but Saquon Barkley matched that on one run in the second quarter. Barkley had 137 of the Nittany Lions' 203 yards rushing and two touchdowns in what could be his final game if he decides to turn pro.

The Huskies, No. 11 CFP, gave up a season-high 545 total yards.

"They had us on our heels most of the night," Petersen said.

The Nittany Lions lost a chance at the CFP with consecutive losses to Ohio State and No. 24 Michigan State, but ended up in a familiar place: The Fiesta Bowl, where they had not lost in six previous trips.

Penn State raced toward No. 7 by going to the air early against the run-stingy Huskies.

McSorley picked Washington's secondary apart, hitting nine receivers for 219 yards in the first half. He connected with DaeSean Hamilton on a 48-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive, and set up scoring runs of 2 yards by Barkley and 1 yard by Miles Sanders.

Barkley then did it all himself, bursting through the left side for a 92-yard touchdown run to put Penn State up 28-7.

The Nittany Lions had 367 yards by halftime against a defense that allowed 277.4 yards per game during the regular season.

"We came out flat in the first half," Washington linebacker Tevis Bartlett said.

Washington was in the Fiesta Bowl for the first time, but Petersen had made a name for himself by trick-playing Boise State to a pair of Fiesta victories

Petersen reached into his trick-play bag to spark Washington from an early funk, calling a double pass that led to 52-yard gain to tight end Drew Sample. That set up Jake Browning's 1-yard TD dive.

The Huskies turned a recovered fumble into a much-needed touchdown just before halftime, cutting Penn State's lead to 28-14 on Gaskin's 13-yard run.

Another big score came right after halftime: Browning 28 yards to Aaron Fuller.

But Penn State answered on another third down, when McSorley hit Hamilton on a 24-yard TD pass to put Penn State up 35-21.

"(Hamilton's TD) was really, really important, because momentum was starting to swing there," Franklin said.

Browning's quiet day
Browning has been one of the nation's most prolific passers during his career, but found little room to operate against Penn State's secondary. He missed on several throws and finished with 175 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-28 passing.

Big picture
Penn State could wonder what might have been in the CFP, but a Fiesta Bowl is a nice way to close out the season.

Washington's defense had its worst outing of the season at the worst possible time.

Up next
Barkley is a junior, but could decide to leave for the NFL. So is McSorley and the Nittany Lions should have most of their offensive line back.

Washington will lose two offensive line starters and receiver/punt returner Pettis to graduation, but gets back most of its defense. Browning, Gaskin and DL Vita Vea also are juniors, if they decide to stay in school.