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Penn State names David Joyner acting athletic director

Former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley enters a car to leave after his arraignment on perjury charges in Harrisburg Reuters

With the firing of Joe Paterno and the arrest of athletic director Tim Curley on perjury and failure to report charges, associate athletic director Mark Sherburne had taken over control of Penn State’s athletic department on an interim basis.

As of Wednesday morning, any leadership vacuum that existed in that department, PSU hopes, is officially no more.

The school announced in a press release that David Joyner has been named acting athletic director.  With the naming of Joyner, Sherburne will now will resume his old position of associate AD.

Joyner, a Penn State graduate and former football player for Paterno, has been a member of the university’s Board of Trustees since 2000.  He will suspend that membership, the release states, as he takes over the athletic department, presumably until either Curley returns or a full-time replacement is found.

“Dave Joyner has served the board with integrity, and he is internationally known for his work with the U.S. Olympic Committee. I am confident that he will bring that same integrity to his new role,” said Penn State President Rodney Erickson in a statement.

Joyner, an orthopedic surgeon, played for the Nittany Lions in the early seventies and is a member of the All-Time Nittany Lion Football Team.

Curley has been placed on administrative leave as he prepares to face charges stemming from his appearance in front of a grand jury in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse case.  A decision on Curley’s long-term future at the school likely won’t be made until his legal situation is resolved.

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8 Responses to “Penn State names David Joyner acting athletic director”
  1. chmba says: Nov 16, 2011 11:22 AM

    Another example of why PSU just “doesn’t get it” and there needs to be a cleaning house. David Joyner is probably a fine person but how does a public institution put a mid-level athletic administrator on the board of trustees determining who is his supervisor and compensation? How can they “get it” when they hide information behind an “open records” exception crafted by one of the coverup architects (Graham Spanier) through the legislature. They need to clean house from the trustees down, have an independent investigation of everyone, and start over. The ethics problems at this institution are profound, long standing, and obviously will likely continue! Sad for the thousands of students, faculty, and employees who are tainted by such lack of institutional control and disrespect for basic principles of ethics and morality.

  2. sirmixalotalotalot says: Nov 16, 2011 11:56 AM

    @chmba… I couldn’t agree more. I know a solid number of Penn State grads and a lot of Penn State fans and its literally as if all of the information about the sexual assault, the corruption, the cover-up, etc. was entirely ignored. All of those people just focus on Joe Paterno’s being fired and that is the only thing they will talk about. I am not sure how they get people to drink the kool-aid there but these people refuse to admit how bad this situation is and how this has to be bigger than the football team. Cleaning house and starting completely over is the only way you can fix this university right now

  3. mdgolfer says: Nov 16, 2011 12:30 PM

    Please tell me what in Dave Joyner resume makes him qualified for this position. Is he there to hide the bodies.

  4. pastabelly says: Nov 16, 2011 12:37 PM

    This is an interim hire. Nobody in his right mind would take an AD position at Penn State because the school is toxic right now. They are going to have to overpay for someone.

    Rumors are that they are interested in the Harvard football coach to replace Paterno. That would be a step in the right direction.

  5. dayumyou says: Nov 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    I see the Good Ole Boy Network is still at work at Penn State!!!

  6. mdgolfer says: Nov 16, 2011 12:53 PM

    Don’t bring in somebody from the board even as a interim it smell bad. There are good retired AD who would come in to fix the system as long as they had complete control. What is the board trying to hide with this appointment.

  7. steeelfann says: Nov 16, 2011 2:08 PM

    Worst Point of All:

    Joe Paterno becomes all-time winning coach at 409, then this whole story comes out…………………
    Hmmmm, VERY COINCIDENTAL…………………….

  8. millvale says: Nov 16, 2011 6:01 PM

    @sirmixalotalotalot, the Penn State grads and fans that you know are the not the in majority. I went to Penn State, and so did my dad and my siblings. We all feel awfully for the poor children and are embarrassed by the actions of our university’s leadership. We understand fully the gravity of the situation as do all of the other Penn State alums that I have talked to. We are just as shocked and outraged as everyone else, if not more so. Please don’t think that the group of Penn State fans that you know represent Penn State fans as a whole, because overall, we’re disgusted.

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