Graduate blasts PSU's trustees

Posted: January 22, 2012

Anthony Lubrano, a 1982 Penn State graduate, major university donor and friend of Joe Paterno's, said this morning that the university's board of trustees have made things more difficult on themselves by failing to issue an apology to Paterno for firing him as head coach of the football team.

"Sadly, I believe it means that the scar becomes more permanent," said Lubrano, who just returned to Glenmoore, Chester County, after spending Saturday in the hospital where Paterno's family was gathered. "They had the opportunity to do it and they chose not to. Now, they must suffer the consequences whatever they may be."

Lubrano and Franco Harris, a former Penn State player and Pittsburgh Steeler, have repeatedly asked the trustees to apologize for firing Paterno via a phone call and ordering his exit without crediting him for the six decades of extraordinary coaching leadership.

They both attended a trustees meeting Friday in State College, still seeking that apology. The board appointed a new chair and vice chair at the meeting and approved changes to improve campus safety against child sexual abuse predators.

Lubrano said alumni and fans of Paterno will focus on honoring the coach in the coming days and then re-focus their ire at the trustees board.

Board members last week defended their decision to oust Paterno, saying he did not go far enough in reporting what his graduate assistant Mike McQueary told him about seeing Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, sexually assaulting a young boy in a campus shower in 2002.

Lubrano, who has donated millions to the university and has a baseball complex at the school in his name, is a candidate for the board of trustees. He is seeking to be appointed by alumni, which have nine seats on the 32-member board.

"Once we get past the services for coach, we'll readdress the issue of the gross dereliction of duty on the part of the board of trustees," he said.

Lubrano said it still could help if the board apologized.

"It would certainly be a good start. It's just very difficult. There are some very deep wounds that have just become deeper."


Contact staff writer Sue Snyder at 215-854-4693 or ssnyder@phillynews.com.

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