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Graham Spanier to ABC News: ‘I wish I had known more’ about Sandusky

File photo of Former Penn State president Spanier walking to the field before the Alabama versus Penn State football game at Beaver stadium in State College Pennsylvania Reuters

In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal last November, longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno lamented that he wished he had done more to prevent the sexual abuse of 10 young boys.

On Wednesday night’s episode of “ABC Nightly News” former PSU president Graham Spanier offered a similar plea.

“I wish in hindsight I would have known more about Jerry Sandusky and his terrible, terrible hidden past so I could have intervened,” Spanier said.

Ignorance has been Spanier’s platform for months. Of the three university officials placed directly under the Freeh report’s microscope, Spanier is the only one who does not face criminal charges. Athletic director Tim Curley and former VP Gary Schultz, are currently facing counts of perjury.

If Spanier did know about Sandusky’s pedophile lifestyle as the Freeh report suggests, he could be punished to the fullest extent of the law for not properly reporting it to authorities. It’s not like Spanier isn’t familiar with the signs, as he too was the victim of abuse at a young age. In fact, Spanier told ABC that he’s never known “anyone who had a higher level of awareness about abuse” than him.

Yet when the subject of “horseplay” between Sandusky and Victim 2 was brought up in 2001 by Curley and Schultz, Spanier said his interpretation went elsewhere.

“I didn’t conjure up… anything more than throwing water or snapping towels,” Spanier explained. “It’s not in my nature to go around thinking the worst in people.”

In all, the interview was short and far from ground breaking. If you’re interested in more comments from Spanier, an interview with the New Yorker was published earlier today. Frankly, it’s far more inclusive and worth a read. More segments from Spaniers interview will be shown later tonight on “Nightline” and “Good Morning, America.”

Spanier’s lawyers also went on the offensive today by attacking the Freeh report findings and the indication that the former PSU president was involved in a cover-up of the crimes committed by Sandusky.

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31 Responses to “Graham Spanier to ABC News: ‘I wish I had known more’ about Sandusky”
  1. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Aug 22, 2012 8:04 PM

    Spanier is lucky he’s not bunk mates with Bubba right now.

  2. ghengy says: Aug 22, 2012 8:12 PM

    I dont know what Spanier knew, but unlike Paterno, it WAS his job to do more discovery in 2001.

    I do agree with what Spaniers attorneys said… the Freeh Report is “speculation compounded on speculation to reach an unsupported conclusion.”

  3. mgmac says: Aug 22, 2012 8:15 PM

    another former psu administrator or coach talking, another lie coming out their mouth

  4. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Aug 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    I believe he is still employed as he has tenure. How anyone can find credibility with this “man” is beyond me.

  5. overratedgators says: Aug 22, 2012 8:31 PM

    If he knew, he could go to jail – so what exactly would one EXPECT him to say? Of COURSE he’s going to deny, deny, deny … Saying anything else would guarantee him a jail cell.

    I heard about “horseplay” but just assumed it was “snapping towels” … What a pathetic load of BS. Why would anyone come to the president of a major university to report a rogue “towel snapping” incident?

  6. billobrienschindimple says: Aug 22, 2012 8:33 PM


    He is not employed by the University but is still collecting his pension. The real shocker is this guy is employed with the Department of Homeland Security currently.

    I beg all of you to take 5 minutes and email your Congress man/woman and demand that he be relieved of his duties. I did. Regardless of your political leanings we can all agree this guy should not be paid through our tax dollars. Especially with an agency meant to protect us.

  7. kozbee says: Aug 22, 2012 9:18 PM

    IMO anyone high up at Penn st knew or did hear of Jerry`s going on.All these people had to talk at one time or another about the ped.I think its his way of not having to go to jail by saying if he knew more,BS.Lock everyone of these *astards up.

  8. loadofwash says: Aug 22, 2012 9:24 PM

    Finally the truth is coming out and the heard of haters will eat crow. Ha Ha. Go State beat Ohio. To bad idiot mob!

  9. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Aug 22, 2012 9:40 PM

    Loadofbullshit is more like it.

  10. stoutfiles says: Aug 22, 2012 9:46 PM

    Graham Spanier to ABC News: “I don’t want to go to prison. I’ll keep lying to avoid it.”

  11. lbijake says: Aug 22, 2012 9:49 PM

    I attended Penn State. Feel they should treat this as a major drug case, prosecute everyone to the fullest extent. Someone (Curley ?) will flip for a lightrer sentence. I feel there is a much bigger story to tell. Penn Stae’s acceptance of the NCAA sanctions seemed like a plea bargain acceptance that they jumped on as they knew it would get much worse.

  12. loadofwash says: Aug 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    Spanier is a great leader. The mob could learn from this.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    This soap opera is about to get real good. Spanier just
    threw Curley and Schultz under the bus. He effectively said he knew nothing of the Sandusky
    molestation and subsequent rapes. He just happens to not “recall” that Curley and Schultz informed him
    of the the 2001 details? If I’m the Commonwealth,
    I serve him with papers to have him deposed as a witness against Curley and Schultz. Then watch the squirming begin. Curley and Schultz will either turn on each other to get the best deal or they will turn on Spanier.

    Tune in for the next exciting episode of The Days of Happy Valley Turns.

  14. loadofwash says: Aug 22, 2012 9:58 PM

    Time to blow the dust off that statue and hear the roar of the valley!

  15. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 22, 2012 10:32 PM

    Isnt Schulz the one who should say:

    I zee nothing, I hear nothing, I know nothing.
    OOOHHH C0l. Hogan you did it now.

  16. dutchman1350 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:41 PM

    If people would just realize Mike mcQuerey never reported a crime to PSU officials. Showering with a boy, while wrong, is not a crime. Also, if there was a cover up, wouldn’t mcQuerey have to be silenced? He could have said at any point, “I was told to keep quiet”, and EVERYONE would have believed him.

  17. loadofwash says: Aug 22, 2012 10:50 PM

    That makes too much sense. This was a coverup of massive proportion. Great and respected leaders knew of active rape going on and on, yes that makes sense. Brilliant! Everyday we hear about violent crimes before they happen, and I guess the mob has no Megan’s list folks in their towns? Too much, I think I’ll go to church now…

  18. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Aug 22, 2012 10:53 PM

    dutchman1350 | Aug 22, 2012, 7:41 PM PDT Says:

    “Showering with a boy is not a crime.”

    Seems to me you are one of those Rhythmic Slappers that condone this kind of behavior.

  19. imaduffer says: Aug 23, 2012 12:58 AM

    Would someone, please unlock the closet door!

  20. mungman69 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:58 AM

    Those kids were RAPED. Certainly no one is going to admit that they knew. Just a pack of liars.

  21. gmsingh says: Aug 23, 2012 7:26 AM

    Graham Spanier made a funny! “Horseplay” in the shower with an underage boy was something that didn’t need looking into any further–who the f*ck is stupid enough to believe that?

  22. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Aug 23, 2012 7:27 AM

    Thanks Billobrien for the clarification.

  23. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:41 AM

    Spanier would do himself a huge favor by shutting up, lay low and hire some personal security for when he and his family go out.

  24. galvezben says: Aug 23, 2012 9:11 AM

    The more that Spanier talks the more i believe Casey Anthony is innocent.
    These trials will be must see TV.

  25. irish1958 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:55 AM

    I find it interesting that the Freeh report is criticized for not being complete and drawing conclusions.
    It had no choice. They had no subpoena power to compel testimony. All the principals were either lawyers or represented by lawyers and refused to give testimony.
    The NCAA has similar problems in investigating.

  26. omniusprime says: Aug 23, 2012 10:17 AM

    Spanier is a liar who doesn’t deserve freedom, he needs to be prosecuted for his role in not punishing Sandusky and helping JoePa cover up the heinous crime. Way past time for justice to be served to those pedophile pervert protectors at PSU who didn’t protect the children they should have.

  27. dkhhuey says: Aug 23, 2012 12:37 PM

    So do the children you POS

  28. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 23, 2012 2:12 PM

    Why has this arrogant liar not been charged yet? Why is he currently, reportedly, receiving income from work for the federal government? Why has PSU not revoked his pension? What else is there anyone needs to know about Spanier? Truly disgusting situation and individual.

  29. ghengy says: Aug 23, 2012 4:50 PM

    Anybody see the interviews with Spanier? He screams GAYYYYYYYYY!

    Spanier was linked to the Franklin Sex Scandal that reached all the way to the White House….and went….nowhere of course. This Second Mile thing will probably never be exposed for what it really is.

  30. loadofwash says: Aug 23, 2012 9:37 PM

    You go Graham, we know the truth will be hard for the haters to digest, but in the end they will see the light.

  31. gmsingh says: Aug 24, 2012 7:51 AM

    I think Spanier should challenge the Paterno family to a self serving idiots contest.

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