Making the morning rounds.
• Paying respects. Several thousand students, alumni and fans gathered on the steps Penn State's administration building Sunday night for a candle-light vigil to mourn Joe Paterno, staying for about half-an-hour in snow and ice before marching to the bronze statue-turned-shrine of Paterno across campus. "Today we have experienced a great loss," said cornerback Mike Wallace, one of a half-dozen current and former players and students to address the crowd. "This loss is incomparable to what we gained from Coach Paterno. … We are not just athletes, we are not just students. We are a reflection of what Coach Paterno was."
Penn State president Rodney Erickson and the PSU Board of Trustees issued separate statements Sunday confirming that the university plans to honor Paterno in some fashion, barely two months after firing him in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal. Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced later today on the website of Koch Funeral Home in State College. [psu.edu, USA Today, Associated Press, Harrisburg Patriot-News]
• The Rap Sheet. Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings was hit with a misdemeanor domestic assault charge Saturday after allegedly striking his girlfriend during an early morning altercation in downtown Athens. Commings, 21, was arrested at 7 a.m. after fleeing the scene, booked and released on $1,000 bond Saturday afternoon.
"Bystanders got involved and separated the parties and it became apparent that during the separation of them that he struck her in the face," said a police spokesman, who would not identify any injuries to the woman. "They at some point in time were able to flag down one of our officers. They also had the young woman with them." [Athens Banner-Herald]
• Have to spend it to make it. Washington is paying a pretty penny for its new coaching staff, ponying up $2.73 million — more than any other public school in the Pac-12 last year — for nine assistant coaches. The most expensive of the lot is new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, whose contract calls for an SEC-worthy $750,000 in 2012, $800,000 in 2013 and $850,000 in 2014 (he was making $700,000 at Tennessee), but the Huskies also more than doubled the previous salaries of new offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau and ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi, both of whom reportedly made $164,000 last year at Cal. [Seattle Times]