Severance pay for the seven Penn State assistant football coaches not retained under Bill O’Brien will amount to nearly $4.5 million, acting athletics director David Joyner said Friday.
Speaking before the university trustees, Joyner said the expense will be covered with monies from an athletics reserve fund. The severance tally does not include any money for former football Coach Joe Paterno, whose financial contract is being honored by Penn State, according to the university.
O’Brien, named the new Penn State football head coach this month, retained only two members of Paterno’s nine-member assistant-coaching staff: Larry Johnson and Rob Vanderlinden. The trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9 as criminal sexual-abuse allegations against a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, emerged.