Penn State

Court grants extension in ex-Penn State football coaches’ lawsuit

Judge Lawrence Stengel granted a stipulation for extension of time Jan. 16 in a lawsuit against Penn State filed by two former football coaches.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney, asks for $1 million from the university. The two former Nittany Lion assistant coaches allege that the university owes them additional pay after they were let go as part of the transition when Bill O’Brien was hired to replace the late former coach Joe Paterno, Jay’s father.

Joe Paterno was dismissed amid the November 2011 fallout from the arrest of retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges, and died Jan. 22, 2012.

The two sides agreed to the extension to give the plaintiffs additional time to respond to the university’s motion to dismiss the coaches’ amended complaint.

Paterno and Kenney’s attorneys will now have until March 2 to respond. Penn State must reply by April 16.