College football roundup: Penn State hires law firm that handled 9/11 fund

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Penn State University has hired the law firm that oversaw the Sept. 11 victim fund to assist in cases stemming from former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child abuse, the school announced Thursday.
The law firm led by Ken Feinberg has been retained to help settle personal injury claims and resolve all litigation, including claims that haven't been filed, by the end of this year.
In addition to 9/11 victims, Feinberg also resolved claims stemming from the BP oil spill and the Virginia Tech shootings.
Lawyers representing Sandusky's victims have recently stated that the school hadn't made good on its promise to quickly and fairly settle the civil claims.

---Arkansas football coach John L. Smith has a $24.5 million deficit between his financial liabilities and his assets, according to documents filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Northwest Arkansas News reported Thursday.
Smith filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Sept. 6. His financial problems apparently resulted from a real estate investment in Kentucky that went bad during the recession. He was Louisville's head coach from 1998-2002.

---Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been cleared to play against Rutgers on Saturday. He missed last week's Alabama game because of a head injury suffered the previous week.

---Florida Atlantic defensive end Cory Henry may have provided some extra incentive for the Owls' next opponent, No. 1, Alabama, based on what he told the Palm Beach Post about the Tide.
"They ain't what people think," Henry told the newspaper. "They're good and everything, but they can (be) beat, too. They just execute well. They just execute and beat you."