Trustee Anthony Lubrano Tried to Quash Sunday Meeting at its Onset
Penn State trustee Anthony Lubrano was one of the first voices heard via teleconference Sunday evening, as he attempted to motion to stop a meeting he did not support before it even started.
Lubrano told Chairwoman Karen Peetz that because the meeting violated the university charter and therefore no vote would be taken that night, the meeting should be immediately adjourned and a 'formal' meeting rescheduled.
Peetz said no motions would be made or carried at the meeting, either, so his attempt was moot.
Later, Peetz allowed each trustee to express his or her opinion regarding Penn State President Rodney Erickson's acceptance of the binding consent decree, which dealt Penn State the NCAA sanctions.
Despite his expressed respect for Erickson, Lubrano was the first and only trustee Sunday night to disdain the consent decree. Lubrano said he was "deeply disappointed in the process" by which the consent decree was accepted. He felt he should have been consulted on the terms, calling it ironic that head coach Bill O'Brien was asked for his input and members of the board, outside of its leadership, were not.
"To think that Penn State needs an academic integrity model is preposterous ... Joe Paterno had more integrity in his little finger than the president of the NCAA has in his entire body," Lubrano said.
He was the sole trustee to make any reference to Paterno.