At least one member of the Penn State board of trustees continued his criticism Sunday of the actions that led to harsh NCAA penalties being accepted by the university.
The trustees met via teleconference Sunday with intentions to vote to ratify a consent agreement for NCAA sanctions already approved by President Rodney Erickson.
While that vote did not come at the meeting, the overwhelming majority of trustees supported Ericksons decision, which officials said saved the universitys football program from the death penalty.
Lubrano, however, stuck to his position that Erickson should have informed the board as a whole of the agreement before signing.
Lubrano said he was deeply disappointed that the trustees were excluded from the process.
I have the utmost respect for President Erickson, he said. I believe he acted in what he thought was the best interest of Penn State. As I have stated publicly, I am deeply disappointed in the process to which Penn State agreed to the consent decree.
Erickson said he agreed to the penalties, which include a $60 million fine, an ineligibility for bowl games and loss of scholarships, in order to avoid the loss of the football program entirely for a number of years. Penn State also vacated all victories from 1998 to 2011.
Lubrano was also critical Sunday of the NCAAs decision to impose such severe penalties before conducting its own investigation.
Instead, Lubrano said the NCAA relied on the Penn State-commissioned Freeh report, which implicated that former head coach Joe Paterno and three other top university officials covered up allegations that former assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused young boys.
The findings are so inconsistent with reality, I found them to be intentionally inflammatory, Lubrano said.
He specifically mentioned the assertion that Penn State suffered from a culture problem.
For those of us involved we know how untrue that is and we know how absurd a reference to a lack of academic integrity is, he said.
Lubrano said Penn State, in fact, has served as a model program for other NCAA member institutions.
For us to move forward, we must build a bridge to the past rather than whitewash the Penn State of the past, he said. I have a deep affection because of the values and ideas of a man named Paterno.