Penn State AD departs school

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — 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 e-mail 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.

GEORGIA STATE: The school dismissed quarterback Bo Schlecter and indefinitely suspended kicker Christian Benvenuto and linebacker Dexter Moody for their roles in a bar fight in Atlanta early Thursday morning, a school official told ESPN.com.

Georgia State athletics department spokesperson Allison George said Panthers coach Bill Curry will have no further comment about the incident.

ARKANSAS: Athletic director Jeff Long says the search for a new football coach will extend beyond this weekend.

Long says he has begun reviewing potential candidates inside and outside the program to replace Bobby Petrino, who was fired April 10 for hiring his mistress and failing to disclose the conflict of interest.

NORTH CAROLINA: The Atlantic Coast Conference’s infractions and penalties committee has issued a public reprimand to the football program. The reprimand was announced Friday and came roughly a month after the NCAA’s infractions committee imposed sanctions on the Tar Heels’ football program.


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