Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Colleges

Penn State athletic director Joyner to resign

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — David Joyner, the Penn State athletic director who steered the department following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and Joe Paterno's death, will resign Aug. 1.

Joyner was appointed acting athletic director in November 2011 after Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave.

"I didn't enjoy the circumstances that brought me here. You never forget to be reverent and respectful of the ones there hurt," Joyner said by phone Tuesday night. "But I have enjoyed the camaraderie, I have enjoyed the honor of working with the great people here. For me, it was a great privilege.

"It was a privilege for sad reasons, but it was a privilege."

Joyner had said he would leave his position when university president Rod Erickson stepped down, which Erickson did on May 11.

Penn State will form a search committee and work with a consulting firm in looking for its next athletic director. The Chicago Tribune reported that Penn State had interest in Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips.

Joyner hired Bill O'Brien to replace Paterno following sanctions levied against the university because of the scandal. O'Brien coached the Nittany Lions for two years before leaving for the Houston Texans. Joyner hired former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin as O'Brien's successor.

Joyner was a member of the university's Board of Trustees when state prosecutors filed child molestation charges against Sandusky and accused Curley of lying to a grand jury and failing to properly report suspected child abuse.

Clutch single lifts Ole Miss in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. — Pinch-hitter John Gatlin's single into short right field over a pulled-in, five-man infield in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Mississippi a 2-1 victory over Texas Tech in a College World Series elimination game. The finish came after Texas Tech (45-20) had tied it in the ninth on a couple daring steals and a sacrifice fly.

Ole Miss is 13-9 in one-run games this season, including 2-1 in the tournament. Texas Tech was 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position in two games, including 0-for-6 against Mississippi.

Ole Miss (47-20) plays TCU or Virginia on Thursday in another elimination game. TCU played Virginia late Tuesday night.

FLORIDA: Receiver Marqui Hawkins told 247sports.com that he is transferring from the Gators to UAB. Hawkins, of Macon, Ga., was a redshirt freshman with the Gators last season. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Hawkins will be forced to sit out 2014 and have three years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2015.

MIAMI: Quarterback Jake Heaps is transferring from Kansas to the Hurricanes. Heaps played at BYU in 2010-11 then transferred to Kansas in 2012. After sitting out a year, Heaps threw eight touchdowns with 10 interceptions for the Jayhawks last season. Heaps has already graduated and will be eligible to play immediately.

GEORGIA: Former safety Tray Matthews, who was dismissed from the team this month, confirmed to espn.com that he will transfer to Auburn. He will become eligible in 2015. Matthews started six games as a freshman for the Bulldogs. Matthews was dismissed after he and teammate Uriah LeMay were discovered to be involved in a theft-by-deception scheme last March.

POLICE say OKLA. STATE PLAYER STABBED: Police say a Oklahoma State football player has reported being stabbed, kidnapped and robbed. Stillwater, Okla., police said the player told officers he was attacked Monday night. Police say the player was treated at a Stillwater hospital for knife wounds to his abdomen and his right arm. A police spokesman declined to release the player's name.

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