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

Sandusky.

Messages left Friday at a number listed for Sherburne were not

immediately returned.

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

office.

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.

16.

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

2000.