Penn State AD Sandy Barbour plans to retire this summer

Barbour gave no indication she might retire when asked ahead of the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl about her future plans.Getty Images

Penn State AD Sandy Barbour will “retire” this summer after eight years in college, according to’s Daniel Gallen. Barbour’s contract was “previously scheduled to run” through the 22-23 college year. His departure will now “coincide” with the retirement of Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron. The school “will conduct a ‘national search’ for Barbour’s replacement”. One of Barbour’s latest “key” moves as AD signed football manager James Franklin to a 10-year contract extension in November (, 3/16). THE ATHLETIC notes that Barbour “did not hire” Franklin, although his first season “coincided with his arrival”. Barbour “recently hired” men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry, who just completed his first season, and women’s basketball coach Carolyn Kieger, who just completed his third season. Since beginning his tenure in 2014, Penn State has won six National Tag Team Championships. Asked ahead of the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl about her future plans, Barbour “gave no indication she might retire” (, 3/16).

RESTORATION PROJECT: In Pittsburgh, Adam Bittner notes that Barbour, whose official title is VP/Intercollegiate Athletics, was hired “in the shadow of Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse and presided over the resurgence of the football program, which has won a Big Ten championship in 2016 after years of scandal-related penalties.” Other programs that “have had success under his leadership” include women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and wrestling, all with “domestic titles during his tenure”. The facilities will also be “an important part of her legacy, as she secured significant funding for the renovation of the Lasch football complex and helped the school develop a master plan to upgrade other facilities over the next decade”. His tenure was “not without controversy, however”. Barbour “presided over the resignation” of men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers following an “internal report into his conduct” in 20 (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/16).

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