THE FAMILY of the late Penn State football coach
can't sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the
sex abuse scandal, a Pennsylvania judge yesterday ruled for a second time.
Judge John Leete said an amended lawsuit filed by Paterno's family repeated the breach-of-contract claim that he had previously dismissed.
The estate had argued that the NCAA and university violated Paterno's rights through their investigations into how the Sandusky matter was handled, and statements in their 2012 consent decree that made harsh judgments about Paterno's actions.
Despite the ruling, other aspects of the lawsuit will continue to move forward.
In other college football news:
* Alabama defensive back Geno Smith was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday for the second time in his career. Alabama has not announced any disciplinary actions for Smith, who apologized on social media to fans for his arrest.
* Oklahoma suspended running back Keith Ford indefinitely for academic and team rules violations
* Jim LaRue, who coached Arizona's football team for eight seasons and guided the Wildcats to an 8-1-1 record in 1961 and a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship in 1964 before becoming an NFL assistant, has died. He was 89. LaRue was an NFL assistant coach with Buffalo in 1976 and Chicago from 1978-89 and was on the staff of the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl championship team.
In other college news:
* A University of California soccer player who disappeared after a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said. The 19-year-old freshman, Eloi Vasquez, died early Saturday on eastbound Interstate 10 about a mile from the University of Southern California after he was seen leaving a fraternity party. A woman said a man ran in front of her and she was unable to avoid hitting him, a police spokesman said. Vasquez, who was on spring break in Los Angeles, had left the party to take a walk with no money and no wallet, family and police said.
* Houston Rockets guard
will undergo surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season. He was averaging 10.2 points a game.
* StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster's resale exchange.
pleaded innocent to allegations that he fired a gun and threatened a family after a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock, Ark.
* Golfer Steve Stricker plans to return from back surgery at the Masters next week. He has not played since the Hero World Challenge in early December.