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If you were curious as to where Penn State’s top administrator stood on his athletic director’s impending arrest, wonder no longer.

In a statement, PSU president Graham Spanier expressed unconditional support for AD Tim Curley as well as another top school official, who have both been charged with perjury and failure to report suspected sexual abuse of a minor.  Former Nittany Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky was indicted by a grand jury Friday on 40 counts involving alleged sexual activity with children; Curley and PSU vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz testified in front of the grand jury last January and, per the charges, perjured themselves as well as failed to report suspected sexual abuse to the authorities.

Despite the damning accusations contained in the grand jury’s indictment — which can be read in its entirety HERE if you feel like making yourself sick to your stomach — Spanier is unequivocal in his support of Curley and Schultz.

The allegations about a former coach are troubling, and it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly. Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance. 

With regard to the other presentments, I wish to say that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have my unconditional support. I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years. I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee. 

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion. I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately.

Spanier’s name appears in the grand jury’s indictment of Sandusky, with it being determined that the president signed off on the course of action taken by Curley and Schultz in 2002 when they became aware of an alleged sexual encounter involving Sandusky and a minor male — in a shower of the school’s football building.  The course of action taken by the two administrators did not involve alerting authorities to the alleged sexual encounter that was witnessed by a football grad assistant.  Instead, Curley and Schultz told Sandusky that he was not to bring any more children from Second Mile — Sandusky’s charity — into the football building.

In other words, Curley, as well as Spanier to an extent, decided the best course of action was to sweep this incident under the rug instead of report it to authorities for a proper investigation.  Or, as Pennsylvania’s attorney general put it…

“The failure of top university officials to act on reports of Sandusky’s alleged sexual misconduct, even after it was reported to them in graphic detail by an eyewitness, allowed a predator to walk free for years – continuing to target new victims.”

Penn State, you should be embarrassed.  And not because one of your former assistant football coaches is allegedly a pedophile; rather, you should be ashamed that some of the top administrators of your institution of higher learning allegedly acted in such an unconscionable and reprehensible manner.  A housecleaning from top to bottom is in order, and should be demanded by any and every graduate of what is a university with a carefully-crafted and previously pristine image.

If the allegations involving PSU officials that are detailed in the grand jury’s indictment are proven true, both Curley and Spanier should step down immediately, as should anyone else in between them on the institutional food chain who played a role in what amounts to a coverup of the most heinous of alleged crimes.

There’s nothing more precious than a child — not even your university’s sterling reputation.

As for how all of this will affect Joe Paterno?  The coaching legend was lauded in the grand jury’s indictment, praised for learning of the 2002 incident and immediately reporting it to Curley.  We can’t help but wonder, however, if these deplorable incidents coming to the public light could be the impetus for JoePa to shuffle off into retirement.

If that turns out to be the case — and the chatter is already leaning in that direction — it will be a damn shame.  The man deserves to go out on his own terms and not under a cloud of controversy.

Thanks to the decisions made by his bosses as well as the alleged conduct of one his most trusted assistants, however, that may not be possible.

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48 Responses to “Penn State prez offers unconditional support to AD”
  1. dhlions says: Nov 5, 2011 2:29 PM

    I’m a PSU alum and think you’re a moron for writing this: A housecleaning from top to bottom is in order, and should be demanded by any and every graduate of what is a university with a carefully-crafted and previously pristine image.

    Typical off-the-cuff journalistic absolutist demands made before the story develops fully.

    Besides, isn’t Sandusky Catholic? Should have seen it coming.

  2. irishking says: Nov 5, 2011 2:38 PM

    What a horrible and distasteful mess. Call in the environmental restoration folks immediately to clean house.

  3. finfan87 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:50 PM

    So let me see if I understand…1 person has been accused of sickening crimes (though not yet found guilty), and 2 others have been accused of lying about the crimes (also not yet proven guilty) and you’re already calling for a complete housecleaning of everyone important at PSU? I guess it fits our country’s stance on justice: Guilty until proven innocent…no wait, that doesn’t sound right…

    I won’t defend the actions of Sandusky and/or administrators if everything is proven to be true, but I have no idea why anyone else that’s not involved would have to be removed, unless the media jumps on it just for the sake of ratings and readers.

    The state of Pennsylvania has been doing everything in its power to ruin Penn State and bring down people like Curley and Spanier ever since it got utterly embarrassed over the Paterno salary thing a few years ago.

  4. dhlions says: Nov 5, 2011 2:53 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I hope Sandusky burns in Hell sooner than later. But clean the whole house? Fine. Then the same should be said for the ENTIRE Catholic church. Do you agree @irishking?

  5. irishking says: Nov 5, 2011 3:00 PM

    Yes I am definitely in favor of housecleaning anywhere child predators lurk.

  6. gatorprof says: Nov 5, 2011 3:15 PM

    dhlions,

    I’m a not PSU alum and think you’re a moron for writing this: “Besides, isn’t Sandusky Catholic? Should have seen it coming.”

    This has nothing to do with the Catholic church aside from the crime, period. That is an entirely different discussion.

  7. gatorprof says: Nov 5, 2011 3:18 PM

    This is actually pretty simple, two top University administrators are accused of felonies. At that point in time, the president should temporarily relieve them of their positions pending the outcome.

    IF proven to be true, PSU needs to house clean top to bottom…and Joe Pa doesn’t survive.

  8. frug says: Nov 5, 2011 3:45 PM

    While Curley and Schultz are fully entitled to the presumption of innocence in a court of the law just like anyone else, they really should take a leave of absence until this situation is resolved. There are 16 and 17 year olds enrolled at PSU and continuing to allow individuals who are charged with covering up the sexual assault of children by a school employee on school property to hold positions of authority over minors is clearly inappropriate and does further damage to the universities reputation (to say nothing of providing more leverage to a governor who is attempting to slash state support for the school)

  9. corvusrex96 says: Nov 5, 2011 4:23 PM

    Why didn’t JoePa call the police??

    Just b/c you tell your boss does not absolve someone of common sense.

  10. mgscott says: Nov 5, 2011 4:40 PM

    Courtney Brown should be charged with something after his career with the Browns.

  11. jackbauerqb1 says: Nov 5, 2011 4:42 PM

    Joe Paterno CANNOT be absolved from this just because he reported it to his AD. There is no way he did not know the police were NOT called. He is just as guilty as the two that are accused of perjury. PATERNO PARTICIPATED IN THE COVER UP. PERIOD.

  12. thetooloftools says: Nov 5, 2011 4:44 PM

    According to CBS Sports:
    “Schultz told the jurors he also knew of a 1998 investigation involving sexually inappropriate behavior by Sandusky with a boy in the showers the football team used. But despite his job overseeing campus police, he never reported the 2002 allegations to any authorities, “never sought or received a police report on the 1998 incident and never attempted to learn the identity of the child in the shower in 2002,” the jurors wrote.”
    But Graham Spanier said the charges were “groundless”?
    How exactly does that work and why is he defending those guys?

  13. 10kmp says: Nov 5, 2011 4:58 PM

    @dhlions

    Besides, isn’t Sandusky Catholic? Should have seen it coming.
    ———————————————–

    In all the time I’ve spent reading comments on PFT, finding some to be very funny, some to be point on accurate, and some to be less than intelligent, yours is the most asinine, ridiculous and just plain ignorant opinion I’ve ever read. You are an utter idiot, and a bigot to boot. What a dope…

  14. dhlions says: Nov 5, 2011 5:22 PM

    @10kmp

    Well thankfully we live in a country where everyone is entitled to their own opinion and express it freely. I have clearly stated mine, you have clearly stated your’s and life goes on.

  15. footballmaven says: Nov 5, 2011 5:24 PM

    When and if Curley and Schultz go, they need to take Klink,Moe, Larry, Shemp, and Joe Besser with them.

  16. gatorprof says: Nov 5, 2011 5:43 PM

    dhlions,

    Yes, we live in a country were people like yourself are free to express your stupidity to the world as often as you would like.

    10kmp was just pointing out the obvious to you.

  17. acolumbus says: Nov 5, 2011 5:52 PM

    dhlion did you get your anti Catholic bias at PSU?? It sure is hurtful to this Catholic; I’ll never get used to it. Since we’re on the subject, it’s been my experience to observe that when a Catholic priest is caught performing Sandusky type perversion, the Catholic hierarchy is especially bludgeoned for “inactivity’. Sure will be an interesting discussion re. Joey Pas (relative) inactivity. Is Jo Pa one of us makeral snappers?

  18. dhlions says: Nov 5, 2011 5:58 PM

    Oh heavens to Betsy, calm down. Everyone gets so butthurt on the internet these days. It was a joke.

    I thought this site was for college football fans rather than crusaders of political correctness.

  19. dhlions says: Nov 5, 2011 6:01 PM

    For the record, I maintain that calls for “cleansing” or whatever should be kept silent until the judicial process has run its full course.

  20. eagles512 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:19 PM

    So if 2 people in any organization are involved in something corrupt, a housecleaning is needed? Talk about writing something to try to be noticed. How about just writing that anyone who participated in the cover up needs to go? I guess that doesn’t garner attention?

  21. John Taylor says: Nov 5, 2011 6:27 PM

    What part of this…

    “If the allegations involving PSU officials that are detailed in the grand jury’s indictment are proven true, both Curley and Spanier should step down immediately, as should anyone else in between them on the institutional food chain who played a role in what amounts to a coverup of the most heinous of alleged crimes.”

    … do y’all not understand or comprehend?

  22. irishking says: Nov 5, 2011 6:33 PM

    Sounds like a conspiracy of silence despite a duty to report.

  23. chefklm says: Nov 5, 2011 6:40 PM

    For the life of me it amazes me that Gaytorprof is admonishing someone about ignorant comments. He’s made more than his share here.

    The police blotter in Gainsville must be minimal, like victories lately…..

  24. irishking says: Nov 5, 2011 7:15 PM

    AD Curley could have called the law. His report could have gone like this. “We have a former coach here at Penn State and he is sodomizing a young child in the shower. We tried to pull the child away from him but he is like a mad dog protecting his bone.”

  25. skinscapsterps says: Nov 5, 2011 7:20 PM

    @ John Taylor I understand what you meant.

    Besides, isnt agreeing not to report a crime a crime , creating a conspiracy ?

    “what is a university with a carefully-crafted and previously pristine image.” That the clueless pro Big Ten mainstream media has helped create, how has any one who Sandusky reported to not been forced to take a leave of absence ? And why did some allegations that are now nearly 15 yearsold just coming to light ?

    If this were an SEC school, there would be calls for the head coach to be carted off the field in handcuffs during a game.

  26. gatorprof says: Nov 5, 2011 7:35 PM

    chefklm,

    I have never covered for the Meyer police blotter.

    Please note that to the best of my knowledge, our football program has not harbored and covered up for an alleged child molester. Let’s try to stay on topic. I know that can be difficult given your lack of intellectual horsepower.

  27. rjd1398 says: Nov 5, 2011 7:53 PM

    In response the post by JackBauerQB1:
    To imply that Joe Paterno is partially to blame for a cover up is ridiculous. By your logic, the assistant that witnessed the assault then would also be to blame. This is a terrible story no matter how you look at it. One could certainly question why someone who witnesses or thinks they witness such a crime did not immediately call the police, but hindsight is always 20/20. However, at the time I am sure that the assistant/witness thought they were doing the right thing by reporting it to Mr. Paterno. Being that it involved a former coach on school property, Im sure Mr. Paterno thought he was doing the right thing by telling the person in charge of the entire athletic department. And once the witness was then brought in to be interviewed by the AD, why would you think that it was not being handled. This is a tragic story that if true, has only 1 person to blame. Mr. Sandusky and those that may or may not have tried to keep it on the down low.

  28. latrobe21 says: Nov 5, 2011 7:57 PM

    Squirly Curley is just a lacky for Paterno. I feel bad for Sandusky. He proved, by Paterno’s lesser success after he left, how great of a defensive coordinator he was. He’s done nothing but help people while at Penn State and since he’s left the school. Wouldn’t doubt Paterno and Curley aren’t behind the accusations.

  29. chefklm says: Nov 5, 2011 8:14 PM

    Gatorprof

    The point I made is your shameless hypocrisy about someone else’s moronic comment. And I’m more than willing to wager that my IQ score far excedes yours. Stay classy….

  30. gatorprof says: Nov 5, 2011 9:50 PM

    chefklm,

    This your typical MO. You chime in on a post with a non-sequitur going after poster without any input on the topic being discussed. I am sure that this behavior is a byproduct of Mensa membership.

    latrobe21,

    Are you being serious? Yes, I am quite sure that Paterno and Curley where the masterminds in creating a 40-count indictment alleging child molestation.

    Sandusky was a great defensive coordinator, but if the allegations are true, he is a monster sexual predator.

  31. gatorprof says: Nov 5, 2011 9:55 PM

    The biggest question here is how could Joe Pa not know?

    This stuff was happening while Jerry was still the DC. He was molesting troubled kids during bowl game weeks. How could Joe Pa not notice?

  32. joemik says: Nov 5, 2011 11:43 PM

    Spanier and curly should resign or be fired by the state. This is a serious offense Much more than tattoo gate at Ohio state. I am an alum and will be holding all my donations until they are fired. We have more morals as a alumni organization. This is a disgrace Pennsylvania senate and congress should remove them immediately. Leaders should be leaders not taking the law into their own hands. This should have been reported to the authorities immediately.

  33. stairwayto7 says: Nov 6, 2011 1:19 AM

    Leave Joe out of this! Everyone in media will make him out to be a villian when he probably knew nothign about this!

  34. panther17 says: Nov 6, 2011 1:34 AM

    Geeze people. Read before posting. Joe Pa knows. He reported it to AD. He however failed to make sure proper authorities took proper actions after AD failed to do the same. Very hard to be a PSU fan right now.

  35. gershonpsu says: Nov 6, 2011 6:43 AM

    The haters and the holier-than-thou types will have their day piling on everything Penn State. In the meantime, the legal process will take its course. Our Alma Mater gives the best advice: Let no act of ours bring shame to one heart that loves thy name. May our lives but swell thy fame, Dear Old State, Dear Old State.

  36. cturk3 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:09 AM

    If Joe Paterno works for Penn State, I think he does, then he is a “Mandated Reporter’. Which mean, by law, he is required to “report any instance in which he THINKS child abuse has taken place”. By report it doesn’t mean to his boss or the AD, it means to the proper authority, in most cases it means to “Child Protective Services” but when it envolves an employee of the school , you report it to the police or local law enforcement. By law you can not avoid the reporting requirement by telling “your boss” and then forgetting about it. Joe Paterno broke his oath, he had to sign one as a Mandated Reporte as well as the law.

  37. tardpalin says: Nov 6, 2011 7:41 AM

    Pathetic teblowing hand-mumbling hypocrites.

  38. sebeckner says: Nov 6, 2011 9:43 AM

    jackbauerqb1 is right and rjd1398 is flat out wrong! The author of the article slams everyone except Paterno… what’s with that!? Paterno had more of an obligation than anyone to call the cops, not less, yet he deferred to his boss on the question. Are we supposed to believe that Paterno couldn’t think for himself enough to call the cops? That he didn’t understand that other victims could result as a consequence of his failure to report? No! Paterno knew the risks and willfully participated in the cover-up of these most despicable crimes, and he did know that what he was doing was wrong rjd1398. And why? Why didn’t Joe call the cops? What interest or motive did Joe put ahead of stopping these horrible crimes? I’ll tell you for what. For the cheapest and most self-serving of reasons… to protect his own ass. If the allegations as presented turn out later to be true Paterno should resign immediatley. Moreover, if Paterno himself knows now that the allegations are true then he should man up and quit post haste, which is, by the way, also what he should have done a long time ago.

  39. gershonpsu says: Nov 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    I doubt Panther17 was ever a Penn State fan.

  40. joemik says: Nov 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    doe anyone know if the state has the authority to remove Spanier / Curley and Schultz until the investigation is complete? I believe this would be the right thing for the university. Corporations remove people from positions until they are proven innocent or guilty.

  41. gershonpsu says: Nov 6, 2011 11:25 AM

    I remember back in 1999, many called for Joe to retire so Sandusky could become head coach. They called Joe selfish for “hanging on” and praised Sandusky for his Christian values and charity work. I suspect many of these same self-righteous critics are saying Joe should step down now because one of his former assistants is disgraced.

  42. psu74 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    Let me get this straight ….

    Jo Pa was aware of a possible rape of a minor and didn’t call the Police or CPS….he just reported it later to Curley and Curley to Schultz ….. mmmm didn’t know they were the same as the Police or CPS ……. Doesn’t Jo Pa fall under the guidelines of an educator? Doesn’t he have the duty to report child abuse to the proper authorities?

    A house cleaning with charges is the only acceptable outcome for these unfortunate children! It’s time to let people know that they can’t sweep this stuff under a rug no matter what!!

  43. dirtyharry1971 says: Nov 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    How does jopa deserve to go out on top and not like this? If everything thats being said here is true and it sure looks that way nobody and i mean nobody is going to tell me JoPa didnt know about this. And what is wrong with everyone at penn state? Doesnt anyone know the ph# for the police? Its amazing how nobody thought calling them might be a good idea. Penn State your name is tarnished forever after this mess, id never send my kids there

  44. grdm12224 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:31 PM

    For those who compared this with Catholic Church, a little fact, less than 1% of Catholic Priests were involved in child molesting. Don’t get me wrong, even ONE child molested is too much but, as a whole, Catholic Priests live up to their vows.
    Having said that, The grad assis should have instinctively tried to stop the sodomy of this boy and immediately called 911. When he and his father went to Coach Paterno’s home to report the incident, a call should have been made to 911. If Paterno felt the thing to do was report it higher ups, his responsibility did not end there. When he saw that the authorities were not called, he should have pursued the matter and insist that Sandusky was banned from Penn State campus and advise that since no action was taken to call authorities, he would do so himself. We are talking about a 10 yr old boy. Any human being would have tried to find out his identity and see that he was helped. He is just as guilty as anyone else as the head coach and it happenned in his shower, the same one his players used.
    As far as seeing a car accident and not reporting it, most people would automatically report it but it is irrelovant. A car accident where no one may have been hurt is no comparison to seeing a grown man and Assistant Coach sodomizing a boy. If this were any coach buut Paterno, he would have been taken out in handcuffs. As for his cooperating with the investigation, what else could he do without being arrested for perjury himself. Too little too late.

  45. waynefontes says: Nov 7, 2011 5:37 AM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Nov 6, 2011 1:19 AM
    Leave Joe out of this! Everyone in media will make him out to be a villian when he probably knew nothign about this!

    ————————————————–

    Aw, poor stairwayto7.

    No comments bashing the SEC or their fans today? Why not?

    I don’t blame you. I can’t recall the last SEC school who had a child molestor for a coach and officials who covered up for him.

    You pull for the most disgusting college football program in the country.

    Congratulations State Penn… oops, I mean Penn State.

  46. bunnyslope says: Nov 7, 2011 10:03 AM

    With everyone from coaches to administrators trying to cover their rear ends by claiming that they “reported” the incident to someone else, but that the other person dropped the ball…doesn’t it smack of a “loss of institutional control”?

    Regardless of whether they are fired, or allowed to resign to save some shred of dignity, the school trustees should take action.
    Spanier=Resign/Fire (for making the idiotic statement of support)
    Schultz=Fired
    Administrators with knowledge=Fire
    Curley=Fired
    Football staff=Resign/Fire

  47. joemik says: Nov 7, 2011 11:15 AM

    Totally agree with bunnyslope. I am an alum and am embarresed. I am an Alumnus and am totally embarrassed and outraged that our supposed leaders would harbor a Pedophile to save their own reputations. They had to know about this. WHY DIDN’T Joe or the Grad Assistant call the police or CPS. I am withholding all my donations to the school until Spanier / Curley / Shultz and Paterno are gone. PATERNO knew, he is just covering himself with the” I TOLD Curley”. This is not just a Tattoo gate. This is young peoples lies that were ruined by an administration that was out for themselves and their reputations. The Pennsylvania Government who pays their salaries should DEMAND they resign.

  48. fockers2009 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    None of them, inclouding Joe Paterno, did the ethical thing. That is, pick up thier phones and call 911. Pedophilia is one of the sickets felonies in the United States and the only thing that all of them did was pass the ball to each other and then, in some cases, lied to the grand jury. I have lost all respect for Joe Paterno.

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