Penn State Community Reacts to Joyner Retirement
The Penn State community had mixed reactions to news that Athletic Director Dave Joyner will retire from his position at the university.
The two sides seemed divided down the middle as some thanked Joyner for his two and a half years of service while others exclaimed their delight that he will be gone.
Joyner will remain athletic director until Aug. 1, although he offered to stay beyond that point to help with the transition. He has been in the position since November 2011, beginning as acting athletic director before the position became official. Former Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who retired May 11, announced that Joyner would serve as athletic director through Erickson’s term as president.
Brian Sanvido, president of Nittanyville -- the student group that camps out at Beaver Stadium for every home football game -- said he isn't surprised to hear Joyner's retirement announcement. Sanvido, a senior majoring in architectural engineering, says he always believed a new president would bring a new athletic director to Penn State.
To Sanvido, Joyner will be remembered for hiring two great head football coaches. Bill O'Brien led two successful years of Penn State football, even though many doubted the team could rebound from receiving crippling sanctions. James Franklin has only been the coach for six months but is highly regarded for his ability to recruit top players.
"His legacy will be hiring Bill O'Brien and James Franklin and transitioning us out of the Joe Paterno era, which is almost an impossible feat," Sanvido says.
Sanvido hopes the next athletic director continues to hire dominant coaches for all Penn State sports teams, not just football.
The two issues that seem to be at the crux of frustration among fans involve the firing of longtime coaches Joe Paterno and Emmanuil Kaidanov. Joyner, who played football for Penn State in the 1970s, was a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees that unanimously decided to fire Paterno from his position as football coach.
Joyner fired fencing coach Kaidanov, who is now suing Joyner and the university for wrongful termination.Many people are voicing their thoughts on Joyner's retirement through social media.
Yipeee! Joyner retires, Penn State launches national search for athletic director - Penn State Official Athletic Site http://t.co/FDX3z6gB2f
— Marie DC (@mariedc1) June 17, 2014
At least he helped get us Franklin MT: @OnwardState Penn State announced that Athletic Director David Joyner will retire on Aug. 1.
— Michael Young (@MYoung_PR) June 17, 2014
Sad to see PSU Athletic Director Dr. Joyner retire.Got to know him over the past 3 years,always greeted me w a handshake/hug + a good story
— PJ Mullen (@psuPJ) June 17, 2014
"@amarco16: Three cheers for Dave Joyner leaving 👏🍺"Three cheers?!!Hell no.News this great deserves a HUGE celebration- a parade at least.
— Michelle A. Leonard (@pennstategirl67) June 17, 2014