Ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier to be sentenced, 2 former players on Hall of Fame ballot and more
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Graham Spanier faces sentencing
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his role in connection with the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Philly.com’s Angela Couloumbis reports that state prosecutors are arguing that Spanier should spend as long as a year in jail. The sentencing memo, unsealed Thursday, reads as follows:
“Nothing short of a sentence that includes a period of jail time would be an appropriate sentence for Graham Spanier.”
Spanier was convicted in March on misdemeanor child endangerment charges. Prosecutors argued that Spanier didn’t alert authorities in 2001 when he learned Sandusky, then an assistant football coach, was spotted taking a shower with a boy in a locker room on campus.
The memo also states that Spanier had “a stunning lack of remorse for his victims” and should go to jail “for choosing to protect his personal reputation and that of the university instead of the welfare of the children.”
Couloumbis writes that lawyers for the 69-year-old Spanier argued for leniency in their own motion, citing his health issues and years of public service:
“Graham Spanier has already suffered severely through public shaming, loss of employment and significant reputational harm.”
Kerry Collins, Steve Wisniewski on ballot
Collins orchestrated one of the finest offenses in college football history in 1994, when the Lions went 12-0, won their first Big Ten championship and beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Lions averaged 47 points and 512.7 yards that season.
Collins, who completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 2,679 yards and 21 touchdowns (with 7 interceptions), won the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award and was a consensus first-team All-American.
Wisniewski was a three-year starter (1986-88) for the Lions. His first season as a regular they won the national championship. His last, he was an All-American.
Collins spent 17 seasons in the NFL, while Wisniewski was named to eight Pro Bowls during his 13-year career.
The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta, on the day of the College Football Playoff championship game.
Jeff Kampersal hired as women’s hockey coach
Penn State announced Thursday that former Princeton coach Jeff Kampersal has been hired to head the women’s hockey program.
He replaces Josh Brandwene, who retired in April, fewer than 13 months after the school’s student newspaper, the Daily Collegian, reported on accusations that he mistreated players.
Kampersal went 327-261-58 in 21 seasons at Princeton, and won Ivy League titles in 2005-06 and 2015-16. The Tigers were 20-10-3 last season.