In the first official comment from Penn State athletics administrators on the Jerry Sandusky scandal since under-fire president Graham Spanier offered his "unconditional support" for two accused PSU officials last Saturday, acting Nittany Lion athletic director Mark Sherburne issued the following statement on the officials athletics website, gopsusports.com, Wednesday afternoon:
The Penn State athletics family is devastated by the details in the Grand Jury presentment. Our hearts go out to the children involved and their families.Sherburne has been named the Nittany Lions' interim athletic director in the wake of the resignation of one of those two officials, former AD Tim Curley. Curley resigned Sunday after being charged with perjury and other charges related to the grand jury investigation into Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of minors.
Every day we are entrusted with the lives of young people, and we do not -- nor have we ever -- taken that trust lightly. We are outraged that a valued trust has been broken. We can promise you that we are doing everything in our power to restore that broken trust. Everyone within athletics -- coaches, administrators, staff and student-athletes -- are committed to this pledge.