A handful of students stood outside the administration building with signs reading: “Protecting molesters?” and “Tonight I am ashamed of PSU.” Meanwhile, students and alumni petitioned online for PSU President Graham Spanier to step down or be fired. Twitter lit up with outrage.
Following the Sunday night meeting, the university announced that Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley had been put on administrative leave, and Gary Schultz, interim senior vice president for finance and business, had stepped down. Both men were charged Saturday with perjury and failure to notify police.
Lawyers for all three men told the Associated Press the men are innocent. Spanier said in a statement on Saturday that while the “allegations about a former coach are troubling,” he has “unconditional support” for two administrators involved and expects them to be exonerated.
That sentiment angered many, including students at The Daily Collegian campus newspaper, who wrote in an editorial published today: “The message Spanier is sending is clear: he, and the university, see nothing wrong with the way allegations were handled. But university leaders have shamed and disappointed the university they serve.”
Mike Wise, a sports columnist here at the Post, put it this way: “If the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is to be taken at its word — if the sad, sickening details of alleged sexual abuse of young boys by Jerry Sandusky are true — a once-immaculate program thought of as beyond reproach is now close to beyond redemption.”
To keep up on Twitter, I suggest following the hashtag #PSUcharges and these accounts: The student newspaper @DailyCollegian, Daily Collegian editor @LexiBelc, student blog @OnwardState, @PennStateLive, statecollege.com’s @SCnewsdesk, and The New York Times sports reporter @markcviera.