The Patriot News of Harrisburg, PA posted a full-page editorial on their front page this morning, which called for the immediate dismissal of Penn State president Graham Spanier as well as the retirement of the school's legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, following the 2011-12 season.
The editorial is posted in response of the developing scandal that involved the alleged sexual abuse of young boys by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Neither Spanier or Paterno have been charged with any crime, however the newspaper says that they “did not do what was right.”
"Spanier needs to step aside,” the editorial read. “If he doesn’t the university board of trustees needs to take that step when it meets this week."
As for Joe Paterno, the face of Penn State and the man who has pushed for excellence on the football field and for the entire university, this must be his last season. His contract should not be extended. This is not about age, this is not about rebuilding a football team.”
Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday on child molestation charges stemming from incidents between 1994 and 2002 involving eight young boys, reports claim.
The most recent reported incident was in 2002, when a graduate student witnessed Sandusky showering with a ten-year-old boy. The student reported what he saw to long-time head coach Joe Paterno and Paterno in turn reported the incident to the administration. The administration failed to notify the police, breaking Pennsylvania law. The university only imposed a ban on Sandusky bringing children into the football facilities.
After three years of investigation, Sandusky was officially charged by a state grand jury with counts of deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and other offenses. The administrators that Paterno reported to, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz were also charged with failure to report the abuse of a child and perjury. After the charges were filed, Curley has been placed on administrative leave and Schultz has retired.