July 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM
CHICAGO -- Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner fielded questions from the media Friday in Chicago. Here's a breakdown of his comments.
- Joyner said he's watching the transfer situation closely. "There’s a qualitative and quantitative [approach]," he said. "If you follow the rules, and you stay within the rules, there’s nothing you can do. But if we’re watching, and people are violating the rules, we’ll let the appropriate authorities know ... Our hope is by reaching out to whatever coaches or programs might be doing some things, just to ask them to be gentlemanly about it, it’s OK to follow the rules. If it’s not going the way they want it, be gentlemanly about it."
- It looks like a trophy game is in the works between Penn State and Wisconsin for the last contest of the regular season. Both Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and Joyner supported the idea.
- Joyner said he was very pleased that the NCAA sanctions did not include a TV ban. "I want to play on TV," he said. "It’s national exposure for recruiting. Nothing against the print media, but that’s not the immediate. When you’re on TV, high school players can watch what’s going on."
- Joyner said Penn State's struggles have raised more supporters than opposition among the fanbase. "I’m getting a lot of emails from people who are saying they’re going to buy a lot of tickets to come to the games," he said. "I can count [the negative] emails on one hand. I just refer them back to the trustees' statement, which I think says it all ... I can tell you, I’ve had far more emails from people who said, ‘We’re behind you.’ There’s a lot of excitement out there, a lot of energy."
- Joyner on what he expects if the team has a losing season: "Back in the early 2000s, we were [under .500] for a few years, and we still had a good fanbase in the stadium. I think you saw back then there was still a lot of support even when we had losing seasons back to back."
- Joyner on changes suggested by Bill O'Brien and whether some of them may (i.e. uniform change) rile the fans: "Going forward, I’m supporting Bill O’Brien. As long as he operates within our guidelines, he’s very innovative."
- Joyner on his job status: "Well, I expect to finish today [with a job]. I’m here at the behest of Dr. Erickson, as long as he wants me, I’m here.
- Joyner said three or four athletic directors in the Big Ten have contacted him or the compliance officers about pursuing Penn State players.