Entries in President Graham Spanier (3)


Penn State: Asst. Coach Placed on Leave, Candlelight Vigil for Victims 

J. Meric/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, was placed on indefinite paid administrative leave on Friday.

Acting President Rodney Erickson made the announcement on Friday saying McQueary could not function under the circumstances.

McQueary witnessed the alleged rape of a 10-year-old boy by Jerry Sandusky on the Penn State campus in 2002. He informed Coach Joe Paterno but did not intervene or call the police. Erickson said McQueary received numerous death threats.

Penn State students say they will hold a candlelight vigil on Friday evening for victims of sexual abuse.

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Read Jerry Sandusky's Full Grand Jury Indictment

On College Avenue, a crying Penn State Nittany Lion window painting marks a store front, November 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Patrick Smith/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) --  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett addressed reporters Thursday, expressing disappointed in how Penn State students reacted to the firing of football head coach Joe Paterno Wednesday night at State College.

Thousands of students engaged in riot-like activities following the board of trustees' decision to relieve Paterno and president Graham Spanier amid allegations of sex crimes carried out by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Authorities say several students could face criminal charges after a TV news van was overturned, and rocks and other objects were thrown at police during the destructive demonstration.

"I believe in your right of assembly and your right to express your opinions," Corbett said. "I do not believe, nor does anyone believe, in your right to violence."

Sandusky is charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years, including crimes alleged to have taken place at the university.

>>For Sandusky's complete grand jury indictment, click here.<<


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Penn State Sex Scandal Claims University President

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Legendary football coach Joe Paterno and Penn State University President Graham Spanier are the latest casualties of the sex abuse scandal that is rocking the university.

Paterno released a statement Wednesday saying he was "absolutely devastated" by the scandal and would retire at the end of the season.

ABC News has learned that Spanier will also be ousted from his position Wednesday, according to Penn State sources.

The turmoil follows the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years.

Athletic director Tim Curly and vice president for finance Gary Shultz were charged Tuesday with not reporting the sexual abuse to police and lying to a grand jury under oath during the investigation.

Paterno and Spanier have come under intense pressure because they were also told of at least one incident, but did not alert police.

"I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case," Paterno, 84, said in a statement. "I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief."

"This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more," he said.

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