Two down, Joe Paterno to go?
Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and school administrator Gary Schultz have stepped down amid allegations of an explosive child-sex abuse scandal and cover-up in Happy Valley.
In a brief statement released after an executive session of Penn State’s Board of Trustees, university President Graham Spanier said late Sunday that he had received a request from Curley to be placed on administrative leave so he could devote the time needed to defend himself against perjury and other charges.
Schultz is stepping down and going back into retirement. He was named senior vice president and treasurer from 1993 to 2009 and returned this year until a new person could be found.
The Penn State Board of Trustees probably thought this act of swift justice would placate the pitchfork-wielding masses (well, not Joe Posnanski – he “needs time”) who are disgusted the former Penn State defensive coordinator was allegedly blowing young boys:
Another child, known only as a boy about 11 to 13, was seen by a janitor pinned against a wall while Sandusky performed oral sex on him in fall 2000, the grand jury said.
and allegedly anally-penetrating them on campus:
And in 2002, Kelly said, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said.
and yet nobody notified the authorities. The lack of response allowed Sandusky to continue his sick and twisted ways until 2009. At the Penn State press conference later today, I hope someone asks this: is Curley’s administrative leave paid? Let’s remember Curley’s initial reaction to the alleged BJ/rape:
Curley denied that the assistant had reported anything of a sexual nature, calling it “merely ‘horsing around,’” the 23-page grand jury report said. But he also testified that he barred Sandusky from bringing children onto campus and that he advised Spanier of the matter.
I’m already beginning to wonder: What lengths will the school go to protect Joe Paterno in all of this?
Previously: Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky Faces Felony Charges of Sexual Abuse Against Minors
Previously: Penn State AD Charged With Perjury and “Failure to Report” in Jerry Sandusky Investigation
Previously: Penn State Makes A Banana-Flavored Jerry Sandusky Ice Cream