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Penn State discloses Spanier made $3.3M last year

Penn State discloses Spanier made $3.3M last year

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) The former Penn State president accused of covering up reports of sexual molestation by retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky earned $2.5 million in severance last year, the school said Wednesday.

Graham Spanier's total taxable income was $3.3 million in 2011, the university said. That included $700,000 in salary, $83,000 in taxable benefits and the severance money, which will be paid by 2017, the school said.

Spanier was forced out of the job after Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges.

He said he was not aware the school had made his earnings public, and declined to comment. He remains a tenured faculty member but is on leave.

Spanier was charged four weeks ago with engaging in an alleged cover-up of abuse committed by Sandusky. Spanier and co-defendants Gary Schultz and Tim Curley are asking to postpone their Dec. 13 preliminary hearing.

Their recent court filings have focused on the role played by former university chief counsel Cynthia Baldwin, and all three defendants have argued their charges should be thrown out.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys. He maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz are accused of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and perjury.

Curley is on leave to serve out the final year of his contract as athletic director, and Schultz, is retired as vice president for business and finance.

The school on Wednesday also said it already had implemented more than half the 119 recommendations made by former FBI Director Louis Freeh to strengthen university policies in areas such as safety and governance.

Freeh conducted the school's internal investigation into the scandal. He said in his final report that Spanier, Curley, Schultz and the late coach Joe Paterno concealed allegations against Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. Lawyers for all three men, as well as Paterno's family, have all firmly denied those conclusions.

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Bruce Allen to Oakland? Why the Redskins executive could be heading west

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Bruce Allen to Oakland? Why the Redskins executive could be heading west

The Raiders made a major move on Monday when they fired General Manager Reggie McKenzie, and while that’s interesting on its own, it might be of particular interest for Redskins fans. 

Jon Gruden, in his first year of a 10-year, $100 million contract, proved that he has full control of the Raiders football operations by getting rid of McKenzie. 

For any student of history, it’s easy to point out many ties between Gruden and Washington’s Bruce Allen. 

Gruden and Allen worked together for years both in Oakland and in Tampa. Allen and Gruden got fired in Tampa, and a few years later, Allen got the top football job with the Redskins. Once a coaching vacancy opened up in 2014 and with Jon Gruden retired, Allen hired his brother Jay Gruden to be head coach. 

Speculation obviously points to a possible reunion for Allen and Gruden in Oakland, and on Monday night, NFL Network reported that the Redskins president will be on a short list to possibly get that job. 

Ian Rapoport reported that Allen, along with Mark Dominik and Jimmy Raye, are potential candidates for the new Raiders vacancy, and that Jon Gruden has final say on who gets that job. 

Beyond their time working together, Allen also owns a house in California. It’s also worth pointing out the Redskins are more than 30 games below .500 with Allen in charge of personnel for the better part of the last decade. 

The Raiders are schedule to leave Oakland and move to Las Vegas in 2020. 
 

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All signs point to T.J. Oshie returning to Capitals lineup vs. Red Wings, not official yet

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All signs point to T.J. Oshie returning to Capitals lineup vs. Red Wings, not official yet

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As the Washington Capitals took to the ice Monday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for the first time since returning from a three-game road trip, T.J. Oshie joined them, but he did so wearing a red jersey. The color Oshie was wearing is significant not because of his fashion but because of what it means for his status.

A light blue jersey indicates a player is a non-contact participant in practice. The fact that Oshie was in his regular red means that he was full-go on Monday, and it is a good sign that he could be able to return for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Oshie has missed 11 games after suffering a concussion after a takedown by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey on Nov. 14. It was the fifth concussion of Oshie’s career.

“I feel like each time it gets more and more frustrating,” Oshie said to reporters after practice. “But I stuck with it. Some good workouts and skates with [strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish] and [Brooks Orpik] was here all week, so I had some company. I had a lot of support from the guys behind me asking me, texting me seeing how I'm doing, so those kind of things kind of get you through it. Plus, the holidays, family in town, I spent time with the girls at home and [my] wife. It was a good little break.”

When an injury keeps a player from skating, their typical progression starts goes from off-ice workouts, to on-ice workouts, to being a limited participant in practice, to a full participant and then to returning to the game lineup. Oshie had been skating with Nemish during the team’s road trip and has evidently progressed to the point that he was able to step right into practice on Monday without the need for the non-contact jersey.

Not only was Oshie a full-participant, but head coach Todd Reirden was seemingly not concerned about easing him back in. Oshie skated on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. He also took part in drills on the team’s first power-play unit.

“He's a special player in all aspects of the game, but certainly in the power play for us in that diamond spot,” Reirden said. “He does a really good job on the entries in terms of controlled entries. When we do have to dump pucks in, he's great on recoveries. His work ethic and instincts to be able to win puck battles, I just think it increases our whole intensity of the way our power play recovers pucks.”

Everything that happened on the ice Monday was a positive sign for Oshie’s recovery, but both he and Reirden said only that he was a “possibility” to play in Tuesday’s game.

“I've been hoping to play for a week,” Oshie said. “I'm hoping to play [Tuesday]. We'll see, see what the training staff says, see what the doctors say, see what the coaches say.”

Reirden added: “The plan was for him to go through practice today, and we'll see how he does later this afternoon and re-evaluate [Tuesday] morning as he continues to get closer to getting cleared to play."

Based on how Oshie progressed directly to full practice and by how much he was utilized during practice, every indication is that Oshie will be back in the lineup Tuesday at Capital One Arena.

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