Penn State Scandal: Tom Ridge Could Replace Graham Spanier, According To Report

Former Pennsylvania governor and Homeland Security director Tom Ridge could reportedly replace Graham Spanier as Penn State’s president in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

ESPN is reporting that a source close to “the situation” at the university said the board of trustees is weighing a possible replacement for president Graham Spanier, who has lost support since the scandal broke Saturday involving at least eight sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The source said that the board is “weighing the possibility” of having Ridge replace Spanier.

Ridge has no close connection to Penn State at the present time, which is probably a good thing, at least as far as PSU’s national reputation is concerned. Bringing in a decorated outside party like Ridge would make it look like Penn State was trying to move past the scandal.

In any case, we should know more later on Wednesday, since the Board Of Trustees is scheduled to meet. It’s doubtful we’ll hear anything about Ridge right away, but it wouldn’t be at all surprising to hear that Spanier is departing.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.