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Penn State Scandal: Graham Spanier Says He Resigned, Was Not Fired

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier told the Patriot-News Thursday that is was his choice to resign from PSU and there was no pressure from the Board of Trustees. Spanier relinquished his post after Penn State became embroiled in the controversy surrounding sexual crimes committed by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier claims that the Penn State Board of Trustees were first looking to handle Joe Paterno's situation before looking into his case, and he submitted his resignation before they could make a decision. This does not corroborate with the recollections given from the Board of Trustee members earlier in the year.

The scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky continues to loom over the Penn State and Spanier, who returned to the public eye recently after his name came up repeatedly in the Freeh Report.

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