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PSU names trustee Joyner as acting AD

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Penn State on Wednesday announced that David Joyner, a former Nittany Lions athlete who has served on the school's Board of Trustees since 2000, will take over as acting athletic director.

Joyner replaces Mark Sherburne, who moved into the AD role after Tim Curley, who is facing charges in the sex abuse scandal, asked to be placed on administrative leave. Sherburne has returned to his associate athletic director position. Joyner will suspend his membership with the Board as he moves into the new role.

Joyner is a health care and business consultant and an orthopedic physician who has worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee, serving as the lead physical for U.S. teams at the 1992 Winter Games and other events. He captained Penn State's football and wrestling teams and earned All-America honors in both sports in 1971. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Here's more on Joyner's background.

Joyner seems like a good choice to take over the athletic department, at least temporarily, during a very difficult time. There could be a push with upcoming hires to completely disassociate Penn State from individuals who have connections to accused former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky or even recently fired head coach Joe Paterno, but now is not that time. Penn State simply needs leadership.

The school has no permanent president, athletic director or head football coach, but Joyner should play an important role in the coming weeks, particularly if Penn State conducts a coaching search in football.

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will not be at Beaver Stadium for Saturday's game against No. 19 Nebraska, the school announced Thursday night.

Penn State athletics issued a statement saying because of multiple threats made against McQueary, it would "be in the best interest of all" for the wide receivers coach not to attend the game. The statement didn't mention anything about McQueay's future with the program.

McQueary has become the focal point for blame in Penn State's scandal following the firing of head coach Joe Paterno on Wednesday night. McQueary was the former Penn State graduate assistant who saw an alleged sexual assault on a young boy by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in the showers of the team's football building in 2002. He informed Paterno of the incident but didn't go to law-enforcement officials.

Penn State acting head coach Tom Bradley said earlier Wednesday that McQueary's status for the game would be decided by acting athletic director Mark Sherburne. The school's Board of Trustees reportedly asked that McQueary not coach from his normal spot on the sideline because of safety concerns.

This decision makes a lot of sense, and you have to wonder why it wasn't made sooner, given the scrutiny on McQueary. The interesting thing will be whether Penn State makes a decision on McQueary's status with the program beyond Saturday's game.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Acting university president Rod Erickson this evening told reporters to "stay tuned" when asked why Mr. McQueary, who reportedly witnessed the rape of a child by a former football coach, was still employed.
Mr. Erickson indicated the university could take action on Mr. McQueary late tonight or tomorrow morning. When asked if Mr. McQueary was still employed as of Thursday evening, Mr. Erickson replied "as I said, you'll hear more."

Penn State's Board of Trustees meets Friday morning.
Penn State's acting athletic director Mark Sherburne issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon about the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has embroiled the program and the university.

It reads:
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.

Some strong words from Sherburne, who will be guiding Penn State through some difficult days ahead.

Penn State announced late Sunday that athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz both are stepping down amid allegations they committed perjury and failed to report alleged sex abuse by former football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The school's Board of Trustees, which held an emergency meeting Sunday night, received requests from both Curley and Schultz to step down. Curley will take administrative leave, while Schultz will retire from his post. Both men are scheduled to turn themselves in Monday, so the announcement isn't a surprise.

Senior associate athletic director Mark Sherburne will serve as Penn State's interim athletic director effective immediately. Sherburne has served as Penn State's senior associate athletic director for administration. A former Penn State football and baseball player, Sherburne served as assistant athletic director for student-athlete services for most of the past decade.

"The board, along with the entire Penn State family, is shocked and saddened by the allegations involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky,” Board of Trustees chairman Steve Garban said. "Under no circumstances does the university tolerate behavior that would put children at risk, and we are deeply troubled."

Spanier said in a statement that the school will take several steps to "increase the safety and security within our facilities and make everyone aware of the protocols."

These include an independent review by external council of the school's policies related to the protection of children. The review will be made public. Also, administrators will review protocols for reporting possible incidents to police and enhance educational programming.

Again, Curley and Schultz stepping aside had to be expected given the seriousness of the case.

The big question forward is what other key figures will be affected by the fallout of a very disturbing case for a proud university.

Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon said head coach Joe Paterno's and president Graham Spanier's jobs were not discussed at the meeting.

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