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Acting Penn State AD releases statement

Artist covers large mural featuring former Penn State assistant coach Sandusky in State College Pennsylvania Reuters

Their coaching legend will retire at season’s end, if he’s not ousted sooner.  Their president is on the verge of getting a justified boot out the door.  Their athletic director as well as a high-ranking vice president have been charged with perjury and failure to report, and have either taken a leave of absence or retired.

Penn State is under a microscopic furor the likes of which has never been seen in college football, and their response has been, for the most part, silence.  Or, in the one case where there should’ve been silence, there wasn’t.  Five days after the child-sex abuse scandal broke, however, the athletic department has finally spoken.

In a release, acting athletic director Mark Sherburne addressed the growing scandal and said the university will do everything in its power to restore the trust that has been broken.  Here’s Sherburne’s statement, in its entirety:

“The Penn State athletics family is devastated by the details in the Grand Jury presentment. Our hearts go out to the children involved and their families.

Every day we are entrusted with the lives of young people, and we do not – nor have we ever – taken that trust lightly. We are outraged that a valued trust has been broken. We can promise you that we are doing everything in our power to restore that broken trust. Everyone within athletics – coaches, administrators, staff and student-athletes – are committed to this pledge.”

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27 Responses to “Acting Penn State AD releases statement”
  1. dkhhuey says: Nov 9, 2011 5:20 PM

    Did he just cut and paste that from the Board of Trustee statement?

  2. bigd88 says: Nov 9, 2011 5:21 PM

    Finally someone says something right in the midst of the worst PR crisis management in history.

  3. eaglessuperfan says: Nov 9, 2011 5:22 PM

    They obviously have not had time to hire new people from outside the school and until they do I don’t want to hear from any of them at all. Anyone who speaks from the school at this point was part of a culture that must be changed.

  4. southernpatriots says: Nov 9, 2011 5:30 PM

    The Acting Penn State AD cannot restore trust until some major changes are made. Major house cleaning. Major training for all staff members. This all can be done simultaneous to an active investigation by an independent third party (appointed by the Governor? or the governor asks the FBI to come in?) to investigate all who had any knowledge first, second, or third hand knowledge of Sandusky and his sodomic rapes of young boys.

    There must be therapy and assistance given to all the victims of Sandusky who were sodomized and molested when they were young children and now are young adults. These victims must not be forgotten in all the activity to find and hold accountable all who did nothing, conspired to a coverup, did not follow up, etc. These victims are most important. They need much assistance and help to try to being as much healing to them as possible that their lives can be lived as much as normal as possible.

    The state of Pennsylvania and Penn State University should be providing assistance and therapy for all the victims of Sandusky and their families.

  5. hegotrope says: Nov 9, 2011 5:53 PM

    PSU needs to grow a set and abolish the football program.

  6. BurkieInBoston says: Nov 9, 2011 5:53 PM

    I give up. What’s “ant screaming”???

  7. rockiemtnhigh says: Nov 9, 2011 5:55 PM

    chiefagc: Shut up.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Nov 9, 2011 6:00 PM

    Acting AD??? Was he hired this morning? If he was any part of the athletic department during this cover up he needs to go with ALL the others associated with PSU.

    No more statements expressing their sorrow for these young men. Just say that we ALL screwed up and we’re outta here.

  9. auburntigers34 says: Nov 9, 2011 6:10 PM

    until they actually clean house, prepared statements are a total waste. Paterno and McQueary need to be gone before Saturday.

  10. drunkenagitator says: Nov 9, 2011 6:15 PM

    Why would PSU need to “abolish the football program”??? Why would that be necessary? 80-something student-athletes should be punished because of Sandusky’s actions within buildings used by the football team? That’s overreacting. The football program didn’t rape anyone.

    The questions that matter are: why the inaction upon witnessing Sandusky’s actions? Who was protecting what and why? Who was responsible for allowing this man access to the facilities even after he was caught red-handed? It’s the bizarre inaction of PSU brass, including Paterno, that’s being held up to scrutiny. Plenty of people should and will lose their jobs (at the least) over this and you can be sure that PSU will be paying dearly for years to come for the inaction of its staff members. But the football team itself didn’t do anything wrong; they’re merely victims of circumstance here.

  11. jimsjam33 says: Nov 9, 2011 6:23 PM

    The annoucement should have read ,

    ” Penn State University is sad to announce that Head Football coach Joe Paterno has been fired from his position as Head Football coach because of his disgraceful conduct unbecoming of any decent human being . The University has released any and all staff associated with our football program and that includes the University President and Athletic Director . All the football staff have been released and the football program of PSU has been suspended until the season of 2012 .
    Our primary concern has to be for the children and families of the victims our employee’s failed to protect . This is going to be a very difficult time for PSU , but the University must stand up for moral principles and cooperate with authorities until this travesty is adjudicated .

  12. sgtr0c says: Nov 9, 2011 6:24 PM

    It is just so hard to believe them, and their high moral groundiness, when they provided Sandusky with a shower to do the deed in. They are all accomplices, period. They knew for 13 years. Accomplices, period. All of the higher ups, period.
    I am from PA and Penn State is my team, I am embarrassed, period.
    Joe, every moment of energy you have ever used to help children, was wasted for your failure to save kids, it has all been deleted by your failure to report this to the cops. Shame!

  13. ranksarot says: Nov 9, 2011 6:28 PM

    too little, too late

  14. deadeye says: Nov 9, 2011 6:45 PM

    “We can promise you that we are doing everything in our power to restore that broken trust.”


    We don’t want promises, we want action. Why has JoePa and every single other administrator who failed to contact the police with knowledge of these crimes not yet been fired? That would actually begin to rebuild the trust that has been lost. Releasing bs statements like this (without action) tells us it’s business as usual, AND it insults our intelligence. First, fire ALL the idiots who did nothing, then release your statement about rebuilding trust and we might actually believe you.

    It’s been mentioned by others already, but I find it suspicious that JP breaks the all time wins record just before the news of these crimes become public. Someone needs to float the idea of JoePa vacating every PSU win that has occurred since he first knew about Sandusky’s crimes and failed to act. I honestly believe that those coaching records were more important to the people involved than protecting these poor children.

  15. lbijake says: Nov 9, 2011 7:06 PM

    Actions will speak louder than words. Let us see what the Board of Trustees does tonight. As a former student at Penn State, I cannot imagine Paterno being allowed on the field on Saturday.

  16. orthomarine says: Nov 9, 2011 7:10 PM

    No way he’s allowed-hell, even it’s for his safety…..

    Him out there sends the worst message

  17. webfootdoug58 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:12 PM

    The Boy Scouts, the Catholic Church, Penn State–
    It’s a sad society where some of its most revered institutions are involved with condoning or covering up the most disgusting of behavior by its trusted staff and leaders.

  18. dietrich43 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:26 PM

    A good start would be taking a wrecking ball to that shower room.

  19. bstmusic1 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:39 PM

    So much talk about Joe Pa – and not so much talk about Sandusky and McQuery. Where are these two? Is Sandusky in jail? Has McQuery been sighted or spoken to? Even though Paterno’s actions (or lack thereof) were deplorable, these two guys have way more culpability.

  20. jmb795 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:49 PM

    Read the sordid grand jury report. Coach S. has been under the microscope since the mid 90’s. One after the other, those is power either looked the other way or refused to act.

  21. hooptie says: Nov 9, 2011 8:14 PM

    I’ll be floored if they let McQuery on the field Saturday let alone JoePa. If I was a fan I wouldn’t want any of those spineless bastards wearing my school colors or representing the university in anyway. How can any of these people look at themselves in the mirror?

    Complete failure of people and system – shameful. When did football, or anything for that matter, become more important than doing the right thing?

    ESPN had a video of McQuery driving away in his Ford Explorer, he makes my skin crawl.

  22. nflfollower says: Nov 9, 2011 10:03 PM

    That statement tells us nothing. Give me a break. Get rid of McQuery and Paterno, as well as the president. All of them knew what happened and allowed it to be swept under the rug. Pathetic.

  23. pastabelly says: Nov 9, 2011 10:42 PM

    They just fired Paterno. He’s gone.

    I gained a lot of respect for Penn State tonight with this move. A statement was made. Joe was not more important than the school.

  24. breeze6839 says: Nov 9, 2011 10:54 PM

    Apparently, innocent until proven guilty doesn’t matter in the court of public opinion.

  25. chiefagc5675 says: Nov 10, 2011 10:18 AM

    The people making the hysterical statements should be sterilzed so they don’t raise any crazy kids like they are. I think they all had
    sex with some adult in their lives and never told- now they want to blame Joe Paterno for their silence. Get therapy people.

  26. Derty Ernie says: Nov 10, 2011 10:19 AM

    I’m going to make an assumption that the board of trustees asked Paterno to announce his immediate retirement and he refused and instead did a press conference saying he would retire at the end of the season.

    By doing so he threw himself in the mix of the cleanup the Trustees are implementing.

    What I find ironic and probably shouldn’t is when he announced his retirement it was like, oh I was planning on staying on forever, but now I have to leave this year.

    This guy is all about self promotion and adulation at this point in his life. He thinks he is bigger than the school, to big to fail. Glad they got rid of him, best thing the school could do in the long run.

    I wonder what they will do with his statues??? I’ll assume they may have to come down or be put somewhere obscure??

  27. webfootdoug58 says: Nov 10, 2011 2:27 PM

    A final, morning-after thought about all this–
    maybe it’s time we college football fans get back to academic basics, and remember a football coach is only another university employee and not God.

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