Ketchum and Penn State have parted ways after the Omnicom firmís hiring in November amid the child abuse scandal that rocked the institution.

Rodney Erickson, president of Penn State, said the university decided after the holiday break that it no longer needed help, according to the local State College newspaper, Centre Daily.
Erickson had previously said the school paid $360K to Ketchum to help with the crisis.

Kekst and Company has worked for the special committee of the schoolís board investigating Penn Stateís actions regarding the abuse allegations.

McGinn & Company has handled PR for the family of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, including deflecting rumors of and a day later the announcement of his death Jan. 22.

Penn State distributed more than 10,000 tickets to a Jan. 26 memorial service for Paterno. Ebay pulled the plug on some of the tickets that showed up for auction on the site.