AP sources: PSU official firing connected to probe
The firing of a Penn State athletics official was connected to
the investigation into the child sexual abuse case at the
university, said two persons familiar with the situation.
Mark Sherburne, an associate athletic director, was fired this
week, said the people who spoke to The Associated Press on
condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to speak
publicly about the matter.
One person said Sherburne was dismissed for failing to produce
in a timely fashion documents under subpoena by the state Attorney
General’s office related to its investigation into Sherburne’s
boss, Athletic Director Tim Curley. Curley is on administrative
leave after being charged with lying to a grand jury and failing to
report an abuse allegation against retired assistant coach Jerry
Messages left Friday at a number listed for Sherburne were not
University spokeswoman Lisa Powers declined comment Friday night
since the matter was a personnel issue.
The person familiar with the firing said the documents were
voluntarily produced and turned over to the attorney general’s
It was unclear the types of documents in question, but the
university has told staffers to preserve and produce documents
related to the investigation.
Earlier Friday, both school President Rodney Erickson and Acting
Athletic Director David Joyner declined comment, also citing a
human resources issue.
Sherburne had stepped in for Curley for 10 days in November to
head the department after Curley went on leave. Sherburne returned
to his previous position after Joyner assumed the acting post Nov.
Curley maintains his innocence as he awaits trial. Sandusky, who
is awaiting trial on charges with dozens of counts of child sexual
abuse, has also maintained his innocence.
A State College native, Sherburne worked in athletics since