None took the allegations to police.
By the end of the week, Curley would be placed on administrative leave; Schultz would step down; Paterno and Spanier would be ousted by the university’s Board of Trustees; and McQueary, as of Friday, was placed on administrative leave.
But none of those things happened immediately. It was a day later, Nov. 5, before the university addressed the indictment. In a statement, Spanier called the allegations against Sandusky “troubling,” but — in a sentence that would serve as a flash-point for angry students — he gave his unconditional support to Curley and Schultz, saying, “I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations.”
It was Sunday before Paterno was heard from, releasing a statement through his son, Scott, saying if the allegations against Sandusky were true, “we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things.” Paterno also asserted that McQueary “at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the grand jury report.”
On Monday morning, Byers, who said he grew up three doors down from the Sandusky home, opened his WRSE sports-talk show by saying: “This is going to be a week unlike any other in the history of Penn State football and this whole community. But we’re going to work through it together, just as you are.”
The end comes for Paterno
As the nation came out of its weekly, 48-hour football coma, major media outlets started dispatching columnists, commentators, reporters and cameramen to State College, and the outcry for Paterno to resign, or be dismissed, intensified.
That sentiment was bolstered when Pennsylvania police commissioner Frank Noonan — while acknowledging Paterno had fulfilled his legal obligation to report what he knew to his superiors — also questioned whether Paterno had a moral obligation to go to the authorities.
But locally, where Paterno held what some have called a “god-like” presence, that sentiment was met with derision and scorn, and an outpouring of support for the man known as “Joe Pa.”
“This town is so tight-knit and insular that when the outsiders come in, with all these columnists implicating Paterno, a lot of people equated that with an attack on their own father,” said Ben Goldberg-Morse, a senior journalism major from Bala Cynwyd, Pa. “We get defensive. We retreat a little bit, put our shields up and say, ‘Hey, wait just a minute. This is our guy. We have to support him.’ Whether that’s right or wrong is up for debate.”