Report: Penn State president will be gone by end of day
With news that longtime head football coach Joe Paterno plans to retire at the end of this season, Penn State president Graham Spanier will either resign or be voted out by the board of trustees by the end of the day, according to The Express-Times.
The school's executive vice president and provost Rodney A. Erickson is likely to serve as interim president while a nationwide search for a permanent replacement gets underway.
In 2002, Spanier was made aware that then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary saw former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexually assault a young boy in a shower in the team's football locker room. According to grand jury testimony, Spanier did not contact police when finding out about the assault. While he has not been charged as of this time, many around the campus and across the nation have called for Spanier's resignation.
Meanwhile, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz face charges related to a cover-up in these alleged crimes. Spanier has shown his support in recent days for both of the administrators.
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