The Penn State Nittany Lions play baseball in Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Anthony Lubrano, according to Penn State's media guide, was a four time varsity letter man at the school from 1979-1982. That bit of information has been in the guide "for years." Lubrano, it turns out, is actually just a rich dude who paid to have his name on the stadium and doesn't mind letting people think he was a college jock.
After being called out by a former Penn State graduate, Lubrano now "acknowledges that he neither lettered nor played in an official game. He said in an interview Friday that he was only on the equivalent of the 'practice squad.'" John Zipay wrote an email to the school complaining and noted "I don't think anyone who misrepresents himself like that should be on the ballot for the board of trustees."
Lubrano was given the opportunity to retort and pointed out that he never said he was a baseball star and furthermore, he is under no obligation to correct every misstatement of fact he comes across.
"I have never said I was a four-year letterman in Penn State baseball," he said. "I have never claimed I was a scholarship player. I've never said anything that was untrue."
Since the whole Sandusky scandal, the trustee position has been hotly contested and Lubrano has reportedly been one of the more outspoken candidates. He has harshly criticized the school for the firing of Joe Paterno and called for the removal of all current board members.
It's a common sentiment—clean house and restore the integrity of the school. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is through accountability and transparency. So maybe, as a part of the "Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship" ticket, Lubrano is just the man for the job.
Lubrano said that he had no knowledge of how the mistake was made in the guide and that he would seek a correction but did not think he had an obligation to do so.
"Do I have an obligation to call you and correct every one of your facts?" he asked a reporter.
Or maybe not.
Penn State alum's baseball status at issue in trustee bid [Philadelphia Inquirer]