Joe Paterno often called Penn State women's volleyball coach Russ Rose the best coach on campus. Rose now will serve on the committee that will identify Paterno's successor.
Penn State on Monday announced the six-person search committee that will identify candidates to replace Paterno, who was fired Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Interim athletic director David Joyner, the only former Penn State football player on the committee, will serve as chairman. Joining him are the following representatives:
Rose: A Hall of Fame women's volleyball coach, Rose leads the NCAA in career winning percentage and has guided the team to three national titles.
Linda Caldwell: As Penn State's faculty athletics representative, Caldwell is responsible for certifying Big Ten and NCAA eligibility among student-athletes.
Charmelle Green: An associate athletic director, Green serves as Penn State's senior woman administrator. She joined the athletic department in June from Notre Dame.
Ira Lubert: Chairman and co-founder of Independence Capital Partners and Lubert Adler Partners, Lubert is a member of Penn State's board of directors and a former wrestler. He and Joyner were instrumental in the hiring of wrestling coach Cael Sanderson.
John Nichols: A professor emeritus in the College of Communications, Nichols is co-chairman of a college sports reform group called the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson appointed the committee. Joyner said he Erickson would have the final say on the hire.
STILL HONORED BY BIG TEN: Senior defensive tackle Devon Still has been named the Big Ten's Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. The award is named for former Big Ten linemen Courtney Brown (Penn State) and Bubba Smith (Michigan State).
Still also was Penn State's lone unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media. Linebacker Gerald Hodges was a first-team pick by the coaches.
Second-team selections were running back Silas Redd, defensive end Jack Crawford, safety Nick Sukay and kicker Anthony Fera. Honorable mentions went to safety Drew Astorino, offensive tackle Quinn Barham, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, cornerback D'Anton Lynn, offensive tackle Chima Okoli, cornerback Chaz Powell, linebacker Nate Stupar and offensive guard Johnnie Troutman.
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa (Liberty) received honorable mention. Wisconsin's Russell Wilson was named the quarterback of the year.
BEACHUM'S CAREER ENDS WITH SURGERY: Running back Brandon Beachum underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken ankle he suffered against Wisconsin on Saturday. Rehabilitation will be four to six months, according to a Penn State news release.
Beachum has one year of eligibility remaining but is scheduled to graduate in December and does not plan to play next season. He was introduced during Penn State's Senior Day ceremony two weeks ago.
Beachum's career was hampered by injuries. He suffered a torn ACL late in 2009 and redshirted while undergoing rehab in 2010. Beachum also missed several games this season because of a sprained foot.
MAXWELL CLUB PULLS PATERNO AWARD: The Maxwell Football Club announced Monday that it will no longer present the Joseph V. Paterno Award for coaching. The club introduced the award last year to "to honor the spirit of Coach Paterno, whose longtime success on the field has been matched only by his impact away from it." Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer won the award in 2010.
The Maxwell Club is based in suburban Philadelphia. Among the trophies it presents are the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player, and the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player. Ron Jaworski serves as the club's president.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times