WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Penn State Athletic Director David Joyner said he expects Bill O’Brien to be the Nittany Lions’ football coach for “a long time.”
Joyner told The Associated Press that he and O’Brien speak several times a week and when they do they talk “in terms of years and years. We make plans for years and years.”
O’Brien led the Nittany Lions to eight victories last season, his first with the school. Penn State was in the first season of a four-year postseason ban, part of severe NCAA sanctions related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
O’Brien, a former NFL assistant, was courted by NFL teams after the season, but chose to stay put. Joyner said of O’Brien: “I think we’re going to have this guy for a long time.”
• TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State’s Randy Spetman is out as athletic director.
Spetman will remain at the school for the next eight months as a senior adviser to the department until his contract expires in February 2014. Senior associate athletic director Vanessa Fuchs will serve as interim athletic director until Spetman’s successor is found.
Nats put ace on 15-day DL
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his back.
The Nationals made the move after Strasburg skipped a scheduled bullpen session. The session was supposed to determine whether he could make a start Saturday. Strasburg was removed after two innings in his last start, Friday against Atlanta, because he was grimacing and flexing his shoulder.
’Hawks’ Keith to miss Game 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference finals tonight after being suspended a game for high-sticking Los Angeles’ Jeff Carter.
Keith hit Carter with a one-handed blow in the Kings’ 3-1 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night, opening a 20-stitch gash on the star forward’s face and cracking three teeth. Chicago leads the series 2-1.
Cardinals’ coach has heart surgery
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens had heart surgery and the team says his early prognosis is “positive.” The Cardinals said Kitchens didn’t feel well at practice Tuesday, was sent to a hospital and that a CT scan revealed a defect in his aorta.
• SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers signed first-round draft pick D.J. Fluker to a four-year contract. Fluker, a right tackle from Alabama, was the 11th pick overall.
Iowa State senior wins 10,000M
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Iowa State senior Betsy Saina won the women’s 10,000 meters in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, finishing in 33 minutes, 8.85 seconds.
Arizona State’s Chelsea Cassulo won the women’s hammer with a throw of 226 feet, 9 inches; Mississippi’s Sam Kendricks took the pole vault at 18-8ﾼ; TCU’s Lorraine Ugen won the women’s long jump at 22-2ﾽ; Georgia’s Freya Jones took the women’s javelin at 180-3; and Texas’ Ryan Crouser won the shot put at 66-7ﾾ.