Could Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner be nearing the end of his tenure at the helm of the university's athletic department?
According to PennLive.com's David Jones, the answer is yes.
"I've learned through several university sources that, while new PSU president Eric Barron has not decided on a successor, it's been decided that Joyner will not stay on and his departure will soon be announced, possibly by the end of this week," Jones wrote.
Jones wrote Tuesday citing "several university sources" that Joyner, who leaped from Penn State's Board of Trustees to athletic director in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, "will not stay on and his departure will soon be announced, possibly by the end of this week."
Penn State hired former Florida State president Eric Barron to replace Rodney Erikson, who retired in June. According to Jones, Barron has not decided on a successor for Joyner. The university has yet to comment on the report.
That doesn't mean feelers haven't already been sent out, though. The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein, citing sources Sunday afternoon, wrote Penn State had "interest in hiring" Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips. Greenstein wrote "few believe Phillips would leave Northwestern if he's offered the job," though.
As of mid-day Tuesday, Joyner is still listed as Penn State's Director of Athletics in its online staff directory. He is responsible for the hiring of both Bill O'Brien and James Franklin to lead Penn State's football program among other items of note during his two and a half years as athletic director.