http://espn.go.com/college-sports/st...cording-reportThe 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, also has maintained his innocence.
A State College native, Sherburne has worked in athletics since 2000.
Ginger Strikes again... this is turning into a debacle, if it hasn't already...
Key Witness In Jerry Sandusky Case Is Worst Witness Ever
Mike McQueary is creating quite a ****show. McQueary, a former Penn State assistant football coach, provided the testimony that led to perjury charges against two university officials, which, in turn led to the firing of Joe Paterno. Last November, less than two weeks after the grand jury issued its findings, McQueary told friends in an email he had stopped Jerry Sandusky when he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in a Penn State football building shower, and that he had also gone to the police. The latter part of that account does not square with records of both the university police and the State College (Pa.) PD, while the former portion is not supported by the account of a family friend who relayed the grand jury what McQueary supposedly told him on the night of the alleged incident.
Now, this: According to Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News of Harrisburg (Pa.), it seems McQueary didn't know exactly what year the incident he said he witnessed took place. The date in question—both from the grand jury report and from McQueary's subsequent testimony at a preliminary hearing in December—zeroes in on March 1, 2002. But yesterday, prosecutors filed documents that say—what do you know?—there is new evidence that indicates the incident happened on Feb. 9, 2001.
Why is this significant? Three reasons:
1. According to lawyers for Tim Curley, Penn State's on-leave athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the school's former senior vice president of business and finance, that date would put the incident beyond the statute of limitations for the charges of failure to report abuse against both men.
2. McQueary's credibility is now further undermined. Or, as Sandusky's attorney, Lawyerin' Joe Amendola, told Ganim before the case's presiding judge issued a gag order last month: "I don't know if it's a lie as opposed to faulty memory, and if it's faulty memory, what else has he misremembered?"
3. Both Curley and Schultz are also charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury as part of an apparent coverup. But with McQueary as the sole witness prepared to testify against them (so far as we know), that perjury case just became that much more difficult to prove.
If what he says is true I don't care if he screwed up the dates....
he wrote love letters to the victims...
Intimate love letters allegedly written from Sandusky to the accuser, known as Victim 4, will be read into testimony after the trial begins on Monday, sources close to the case told ABC News. Victim 4, who is expected to be the first witness called to testify against Sandusky, will also show the gifts, including a set of golf clubs, that Sandusky allegedly gave him during their relationship.
Victim 4 testified that Bill O'Brien witnessed him in the shower with Sandusky. Nice fresh start Pedd State.
Great news for Penn State. They are now officially fkced.
investigators have 2001 emails among Spanier, school official Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley that allegedly show they opted not to contact authorities about abuse allegations related to Sandusky. The emails reportedly say officials thought that would be the "humane" way to handle the situation.
Queme los Barcos!
I need to stop looking at twitter. This testimony is going to make me puke.
@sganim <- she won a Pulitzer for her work on Ped State last year
@WPXI_Courtney - reporter following trial