Acting Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien released statements Monday reacting to Monday’s news from the NCAA. Joyner stressed the importance of begin entrusted with young people while O’Brien stressed he is committed to Penn State for the long term.
Joyner said in part:
“Working together, the path ahead will not be easy. But it is necessary, just, and will bring a better future. Our faculty, staff, students, athletes, and parents will work together as Penn State begins this new chapter. Through this cooperation and collaboration, Penn State will become a national model for compliance, ethics, and embodiment of the student athlete credo.”
Bill O’Brien took over the football program earlier this year. His statement reads:
“Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes. I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university.”