Report: Big Ten May Give Commissioner Power to Fire Coaches

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting that the Big Ten
is considering a plan to give its commissioner the power to fire
coaches in the wake of the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal.

An 18-page plan being circulated among Big Ten leadership would
include giving Commissioner Jim Delany the authority to levy sanctions including financial penalties, suspensions and termination of a school employee. The Chronicle said it had obtained a document laying out the details.

The Big Ten did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was
recently convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, sometimes on
campus. A report commissioned by Penn State said school leaders,
including the late coach Joe Paterno, ignored allegations more than
a decade ago to avoid bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on
other boys for years.

Paterno's family denies that he participated in any attempt at a
cover-up.


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