PITTSBURGH -- Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris has
stepped down as chairman of a Pittsburgh-based scholarship board
following comments he made in support of ousted Penn State coach
Franco agreed to remove himself as chairman but remain on the
board of the Pittsburgh Promise following a lengthy emergency
meeting Thursday night.
Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who co-founded the
organization in 2007, sent Harris a sternly worded letter Wednesday
asking Harris be removed for what the mayor deemed as insensitive
Harris played for Paterno at Penn State before helping the
Pittsburgh Steelers win four Super Bowls. He said last week the
school's trustees showed "no courage" by firing Paterno in the
wake of the sex abuse scandal surrounding former Penn State
defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.