Joyner to exit Penn State with Erickson in 2014
Penn State president Rodney Erickson has said he will step down in June of 2014. The man who has overseen Penn State's athletic department for the last 14 months will apparently go with him.
Erickson appointed Dave Joyner the school's director of intercollegiate athletics Monday, effectively removing the interim tag from Joyner's job title and ending any speculation about his immediate future.
But Penn State also announced that Joyner, who had been acting athletics director, will only serve in the role while Erickson is president. The school plans on conducting a national search for an athletic director after Joyner, an All-American football player at Penn State in the early 1970s, finishes his term.
“I have confidence in Dr. Joyner and want him to continue as part of my leadership team while I am president,” Erickson said in a statement.
Joyner was a part of the group that hired Bill O'Brien to succeed Joe Paterno as football coach last January. O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record despite the adverse effects of NCAA sanctions and has won three national coach of the year awards.
Pitt and Penn State have also extended the in-state rivalry that resumes in 2016 since Joyner has overseen the athletic department.
Joyner is part of a leadership group that has endured intense criticism from some Penn State alumni and groups such as Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. The school's leadership has come under fire for agreeing to severe NCAA sanctions even though questions have been raised about the NCAA's jurisdiction in punishing Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
There have also been rumors of a rift between Joyner and O'Brien, prompting speculation about the former's future at Penn State.
“I've heard something about that, but that's completely untrue,” Joyner said on Jan. 7. “We've always had a great relationship, and it's the same now as it was Day One.”
Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @ScottBrown_Trib.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.