Local News 8-12-14

PENN STATE FOOTBALL TICKETS

With less than four weeks until Penn State football’s home opener against Akron on September 6th, ticket sales are up from 2013. According to the university, there are more than 5,000 new season ticket holders for James Franklin’s first season at the helm. More than 51,000 single game tickets have also been purchased. Last season, Penn State averaged 96,587 fans per game.

NCAA AND PA WORK ON SETTLEMENT

 The Penn State Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday to discuss a possible settlement in a lawsuit aiming to keep funds from the NCAA’s $60 million fine against the university in state. According to the Centre Daily Times, the special meeting will take place via conference call beginning at 8:45 am. The report says a Penn State spokesman confirmed settlement talks in the lawsuit. 

ALUMNI-TRUSTEES SEEK TO VOID DECREE

Penn State’s alumni-elected trustees want the NCAA and state officials to eliminate the consent decree through any settlement between the two parties. According to the Centre Daily Times, both sides are discussing a settlement in a lawsuit over how to spend a $60 million fine against Penn State. In a letter released yesterday, the trustee group indicated its desire for Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting to center around the potential abolishment of the decree.

PENN STATE AG PROGRESS DAYS

Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days kicks off today. Up to 50,000 attendees are expected at the three day event. Penn State estimates 60 percent of guests are directly or indirectly involved in agricultural production. However, there’s something for everyone on the 150 site with more than 500 displays and exhibits. Expect heavy traffic on Route 45 and near the grounds. 

FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER DENIED PAROLE

Former Penn State football player Austin Scott was granted yesterday work release in his six to 23 month sentence for selling marijuana to undercover police. According to the Allentown Morning Call, Scott’s plea for parole was denied, but will be transferred from his Allentown prison cell to Lehigh County’s work release center. Scott challenged his sentence, claiming he received a harsher punishment because of his notoriety.