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Ex-Penn State prez Graham Spanier said it was his choice to resign

Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier says he was not fired, but instead resigned. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier said that he was not fired, but chose to resign to help the school get past the Jerry Sandusky crisis, reports the Patriot-News.

"They told me they wished I wouldn't do that,” Spanier said. “They were so focused on discussing Paterno that they hadn't gotten around to discussing me.”

Penn State board members remember how Spanier lost his job very differently. Several members told the New York Times in January that they rejected Spanier's resignation and they wanted to fire him themselves.

The members also told the New York Times that handled Spanier's fate first and then turned their attention to Joe Paterno.

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