PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

GoPSUSports Interviews AD Dave Joyner

Penn State Athletic Director, Dr. Dave Joyner, recently sat down with  Assistant Director for Athletic Communications Tony Mancuso for a one-on-one interview that lasted for eight minutes. The interview touched on a wide range of topics including the recently completed fall sports season, the 60-million dollar fine as part of the package of sanctions the NCAA placed on the university last July, the additions of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten, and plans for the athletic department in the year 2013.

The session is relatively predictable with a few jokes, multiple #OneTeam references, and several compliments to fall student-athletes for great performances on the field and in the classroom. One of the more interesting remarks comes at the 1:15 mark of the interview when Joyner discusses how his daily job duties and the atmosphere surrounding the athletic department have changed over the past year.

It has been a busy month for Joyner that began with him attempting to crush any speculation that there was friction between him and Bill O’Brien, calling their relationship “outstanding.” Just last week, Penn State announced that Joyner would remain Athletic Director for the duration of Rodney Erickson’s tenure as university president. While eventful, the recent weeks have still been much calmer than twelve months ago.

“We were really in a war zone. Things were going so fast and coming in all directions. We were in a crisis management mode, so I just hit the ground running. There were times when I was on the phone while eating breakfast while on a StairMaster or exercise bike at 5:30 a.m.,” said Joyner.

Now, after an impressive fall season that included five Big Ten Championships, several Coach of the Year awards, an eighth place finish in the Learfield Cup standings, and great academic performances, the mood has certainly changed. “We continue to be strong and haven’t missed a beat. I’m very proud to be associated with these coaches and these great student athletes,” said Joyner.

Even with the calmer environment, concerns remain in terms of paying out the large fine to the NCAA and maintaining and upgrading facilities while doing so. Joyner knows it is important to plan far in advance with the payments, adding that financial outlooks are reviewed everyday for the five-year project. “We’re going to be alright. It will be tight and tough, but we’re going to be able to do it,” said Joyner.

What does Joyner hope to accomplish in his role between now and this time next year?

“Our goals are integrity, academics, and winning games, matches, and championships. I’d love to have a goal every year of winning the Learfield Cup and graduating 100% of our athletes. We may never get to all of those goals, but if we don’t set them high, we won’t,” said Joyner.

The full interview can be viewed below.

About the Author

Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

Comments

More by Drew

McGloin Named NFL Rookie of the Week

The former Penn State record setting quarterback took home Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors following his impressive first NFL start that resulted in a 28-23 win for the Oakland Raiders on the road against the Houston Texans.

Will Adrian Amos Play Some Snaps at Linebacker?

Willis and Carson Talk Differences Between Butler and Roof

Athletics

Cole Miller Misses Cut At U.S. Open

Miller finished the first two rounds of the U.S. Open at +12, missing the cut by four strokes.

Evan Barratt Invited To World Junior Summer Showcase

Several Penn State Women’s Soccer Players Training In WPSL

Top-100 Wrestler Flips From Pitt To Penn State

Maddie Elliston Named Penn State Women’s Soccer Captain

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

If alumna Alex Perry hadn’t accidentally gotten into the wrong admissions line before a football game, she might never have met the love of her life.

Virtual Reality: Changing The Game At Penn State

Penn State Cracks The Top Ten In Niche’s 2018 Party School Ranking

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Freshman 101: How To Buy Football Tickets

Tickets go on sale for graduate students on Monday, June 18, followed by seniors on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday, and freshmen on Friday.

Hackenberg Waived By The Raiders

Hackenberg was waived by the Raiders Tuesday only a few weeks — 21 days, to be exact — after he was traded to Oakland by the New York Jets.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

If alumna Alex Perry hadn’t accidentally gotten into the wrong admissions line before a football game, she might never have met the love of her life.

Send this to a friend