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Sandusky to take part in hearing via video link

The hearing is to determine if the former Penn State assistant football coach should receive his state pension benefits.

JERRY SANDUSKY will take part early next month in his first public proceeding - albeit via video link - since he was sentenced to decades in prison for child molestation.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7 into whether a Pennsylvania agency should have stripped the former Penn State assistant football coach of the benefits he had been getting through the state's pension system.

A spokeswoman for the State Employees' Retirement System said yesterday that plans are for Sandusky to participate in the 3-day hearing through a video connection to the state prison where he is confined.

Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, lost his $4,900-a-month pension last year on the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years. A hearing examiner will recommend to the system's board about whether the pension forfeiture should remain in place.

The retirement system said Sandusky's convictions for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault met the standards of the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, and stopped retirement payments immediately.

Penn State employees can enroll in the system, although they are not state employees. Penn State is considered "state-related," along with Temple, Lincoln and Pitt.


* Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi said allegations he broke NCAA rules by paying for a football recruit's online classes and tutoring are "untrue attacks."

The Huskies' defensive line coach posted on his Twitter account: "I look forward to an honest & thorough investigation."

Washington confirmed it is looking into allegations of recruiting violations against the Huskies' defensive line coach, first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The Times reported the school is investigating whether Lupoi paid for tutoring and online classes for Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High School in Washington. Basham signed a letter of intent with Washington in February, but didn't qualify academically to enroll.

* Alabama suspended backup linebacker Xzavier Dickson and freshman tailback Alvin Kamara.

Coach Nick Saban announced that neither would play for the third-ranked Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma on Jan. 2. Saban didn't disclose a reason for the suspensions.

* Baylor receiver Tevin Reese is getting the cast off his right wrist and expects to play in the Fiesta Bowl against No. 15 UCF on Jan 1.

Reese dislocated his wrist when came down awkwardly in the first half against Oklahoma on Nov. 7. He missed the last four games for the Big 12 champion Bears.

* Former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield intends to enroll at Oklahoma in January and walk on to the football team, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

According to newspaper, Mayfield hadn't contacted the OU coaching staff about his plans.

An Oklahoma source told that the Sooners have not requested permission from Texas Tech to contact Mayfield. And Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said OU was not pursuing Mayfield.