Judge grants time for victim claims in Paterno-NCAA lawsuit

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1999, file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky during Penn State Media Day at State College, Pa. Penn State President Eric Barron is decrying new allegations in a letter Sunday, May 8, 2016, that former coach Paterno was told that Sandusky had sexually abused a child as early as 1976 and that assistant coaches witnessed the abuse of other children. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) A judge presiding in a lawsuit by the family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno against the NCAA is giving lawyers time to look into newly disclosed allegations about claims of abuse against his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Judge John Leete on Monday gave the parties 45 days to explore claims a boy told Paterno in 1976 he was molested by Sandusky, and that two coaches witnessed Sandusky abusing children in the late 1980s.

Paterno's relatives have rebutted the 1976 accusation, and an attorney for some Sandusky victims has said it's not irrefutably supported. Also, prosecutors have called the 1980s claims unreliable.

The Paternos say the NCAA's use of a Penn State-commissioned report damaged their commercial interests.

Two ex-coaches say the report also made it impossible for them to find jobs.