$5.5 million payment ends PSU’s ‘contractual relationship’ with Paterno

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Five months after his firing, and three months after his death, Joe Paterno‘s financial relationship with his beloved Penn State has officially come to an end.

The school confirmed Thursday that it had made a settlement/payment of $roughly 5.5 million to the estate of its former head coach.  A PSU spokesperson stated that $3 million of that money was in the form of a retirement bonus.

In a statement sent to the Patriot-News, a Paterno family lawyer disputed the school’s claim that the money was a settlement instead of what was contractually owed to the ex-coach.

“In January, university officials acknowledged they would fully honor the (coach’s) contract. … It should be noted that this exercise was a straightforward payment of monies indisputably owed to the Paterno estate,” the statement from attorney Wick Sollers read.

“The university had requested that the family agree to a full release in return for the payments under the contract. That request was declined and no release was signed. It would be incorrect, therefore, to characterize the payments as a settlement.”

Regardless of the specific characterization, the money represents the end of Paterno’s and his estate’s contractual relationship with a university which he devoted 62 years of his life to, 16 as an assistant and 46 as a head coach.

Paterno was fired Nov. 9 amid the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.  He passed away Jan. 22 following a two-month battle with lung cancer, which was diagnosed less than two weeks after his dismissal.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.