PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



CDT: Bill O’Brien Meets with Trustees to Discuss Modifying Sanctions

How to run a private meeting 101: Don’t have it in a room surrounded by glass walls. Penn State either didn’t get the memo or didn’t care, because when Bill O’Brien met with a group of trustees this morning at a meeting closed to the media and the public, Mike Dawson from the Centre Daily Times was there to see everything, including his powerpoint presentation.

According to Dawson’s report, the meeting lasted more than an hour. One of the slides had the heading “potential proposal to modify sanctions” and another had a heading about the impact of scholarship losses. One slide read “Individual lawsuits DO NOT help us,” presumably referring to Gov. Tom Corbett’s now dead lawsuit and the current lawsuit led by Joe Paterno’s family.

It was not clear what actions would be considered as a result of the meeting or if anything is planned. Four of the trustees who have signed on to the Paterno lawsuit — Pete Khoury, Anthony Lubrano, Adam Taliaferro, and Ryan McCombie — were at the closed door meeting, although none would comment to Dawson after the meeting was over. President Erickson and other trustees at the meeting also declined comment while leaving.

According to the report, O’Brien got a standing ovation after his presentation. He told Dawson upon leaving that he was “just here to say hello to some people” before being whisked away in a van.

It’s an interesting development, as an official meeting between O’Brien and the trustees has never been reported before. What happens next is being kept close to the chest, but it appears at the very least that Penn State is getting their chips together to find a way to work out a reduction in the NCAA sanctions.

The trustees are meeting right now at Penn State Fayette in Uniontown. Onward State is there and will try to get additional information after the meeting.

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


More by Kevin

Hometown Brewery Releases Beer Honoring Evan Pugh

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of “liberal and practical” higher education in the form of a delicious Porter.

Penn State Basketball Downs Colgate 72-59 In Front of Thanksgiving Eve Crowd

Why Honoring Paterno Still Matters


North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

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.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend