Penn State assistant AD no longer works at school

By Updated at 2012-04-20 17:52:01 +0000


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Penn State official who briefly took over as athletic director following the sex abuse scandal is no longer working at the school.

The Centre Daily Times first reported Mark Sherburne's departure Thursday night and said he was fired Wednesday.

A university spokesman said Friday in an email to The Associated Press that Sherburne no longer works there. Penn State has not said that Sherburne was fired, and declined further comment citing a personnel issue.

School President Rodney Erickson and Interim Athletic Director David Joyner each declined comment when asked about Sherburne at the ceremonial groundbreaking Friday for the university's new ice hockey arena, also citing a human resources issue.

A message left Friday at a number listed for Sherburne was not immediately returned.

Sherburne was a senior athletics official who stepped in for 10 days to head the department after Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave in November in the aftermath of child sexual abuse charges against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Joyner assumed the acting post Nov. 16, with Sherburne returning to his position as associate athletic director.

A State College native, Sherburne worked in athletics since 2000.