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Penn State won’t renew AD Tim Curley’s contract

File photo of former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley walking through the press after his arraignment on perjury charges in Harrisburg Pennsylvania Reuters

Technically, Tim Curley has still held the title of athletic director for Penn State over the past year even though he’s been placed on administrative leave since the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke 11 months ago.

However, come next June, Curley will officially hold the title of “former” Penn State AD. Per a release from the school, Penn State has informed Curley that it will not renew his contract when it expires next year.

The news comes — or, it should come — as a surprise to absolutely no one.

Curley, along with former vice president Gary Schultz, is currently facing perjury charges related to the Sandusky child-sex abuse case. Trial is set to start this January. PSU has paid about $2 million in legal costs for Curley, Schultz and former president Graham Spanier. Per university spokesperson David La Torre, the decision not to renew Curley’s contract will have no impact on the decision to cover legal costs.

Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child-sex abuse over the summer and was sentenced to 30-60 years in jail last week.

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9 Responses to “Penn State won’t renew AD Tim Curley’s contract”
  1. gmen1987 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:18 PM

    What a surprise. What a couragous and moral stand Penn State has made.

    Nothing like not renewing a contract for a guy who may not even be alive at the time his old contract runs out.

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:38 PM

    Most Buckeye fans can only hope that Penn State “steals” Gene Smith. That’s about the only way we can get rid of him.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Oct 16, 2012 6:05 PM

    Why are they still paying this guy? By the way, who is getting Sandusky’s pension? It should go straight to the victims.

  4. latrobe21 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:39 AM

    I’m neutral on this decision because I believe in due process. What the university better not do is give the job to Joyner. He is a former BoT that I believe had every opportunity to know what was happening. Besides that, he was a great orthopedic surgeon but a lousy businessman.

  5. florida727 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:45 AM

    “…the decision not to renew Curley’s contract will have no impact on the decision to cover legal costs.”


    So the university will continue to pay for his legal defense?

  6. dhlions says: Oct 17, 2012 9:09 AM


    Yes, its called due process, as latrobe21 pointed out. A principal that has been vehemently avoided up to this point (aside from Sandusky’s case, which IMO was a waste of time).

  7. florida727 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    Oh, I understand due process. Believe in it wholeheartedly too. What I don’t understand is why donors of/to the university and/or tax dollars are paying for it. If he’s no longer an “employee” of the university, and by extension the state, why are either of them fiscally responsible? Shouldn’t Curley bear the cost? After all, it’s HIS defense. Once he’s officially off the payroll, it should become his cross to bear, not the university’s. Until he’s officially gone, then yes, the university is on the hook.

  8. dkhhuey says: Oct 17, 2012 5:54 PM

    Man – I want a job at PSU – christ, if you can’t get fired for something like this, imagine how long you can f@#$ off and stay employed if you didn’t cover up an assistant coach anally raping and sexually abusing children.

  9. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 17, 2012 10:45 PM

    Why wouldn’t they give it Joyner. Ericsson became president after being Spankers right hand man for a dozen years. ^^mis spell intended

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