PSU President Spanier Facing Growing Criticism For Role In Sandusky Scandal
NEXT TO GO? In Pennsylvania, Charles Thompson notes state Attorney General Linda Kelly at a news conference yesterday "made plain that the university’s top public face, head football coach Joe Paterno, is not a target of the probe." But Kelly "failed to give that same level of public comfort" to Spanier. Kelly was "far less clear-cut about Spanier’s status, stating only that with regard to the president she could not go beyond what is in the grand jury presentment because the case is still active" (Harrisburg PATRIOT-NEWS, 11/8). The AP's Tim Dahlberg speculated that Spanier "will be the next to go" after Curley and Schultz. Dahlberg: "He did himself no favors by immediately leaping to the defense of his two accused subordinates in the sordid case, though he may have thought he had little choice" (AP, 11/7). The mother of one of Sandusky's alleged victims said, "To see that Graham Spanier is putting his unconditional support behind Curley and Shultz when he should be putting his support behind the victims, it just makes them victims all over again" (PENNLIVE.com, 11/7). YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Wetzel noted Spanier is "suddenly nowhere to be found." Wetzel wrote PSU is "desperate for a leader, desperate for some stability, desperate for an adult to stand up tall like the school always thought it would and Spanier is somewhere under a desk, hiding." Wetzel added, "All we've gotten from Spanier is a bizarre, inappropriate and heartless statement on Saturday" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/7).
LEGAL MATTERS: In Pennsylvania, Cliff White reports Curley and Schultz yesterday surrendered to authorities and were "each released on $75,000 unsecured bail, meaning they don’t have to pay bail unless they fail to appear at any court-mandated hearing." They also were "required to surrender their passports." Curley and Schultz "did not answer questions when they entered or left the courtroom." Curley's attorney Caroline Roberto "called the perjury charge a red flag 'that the charges against Mr. Curley are weak'" (CENTRE DAILY TIMES, 11/8). Curley and Schultz were "not required to enter a plea." They have "denied any wrongdoing, and their lawyers are expected to seek to have the charges dismissed" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/8).