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Penn State Scandal: State Senator Says Graham Spanier Should Go

Pennsylvania state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says Penn State president Graham Spanier should be dismissed if he can’t adequately explain why Penn State officials like Tim Curley and Gary Schultz didn’t report allegations of child sexual abuse by former PSU football coach Jerry Sandusky to the police.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said Tuesday that serious questions need to be answered, and there should be a change in Penn State’s leadership if there are no good and fast answers.

This really is just grandstanding on Pileggi’s part, since he has no real authority to decide whether or not Spanier keeps his job. (That authority belongs to the Penn State Board of Trustees.) Obviously, though, it’s hard to disagree. Penn State is currently snared in one of the worst scandals, or perhaps the worst scandal, in the history of college sports, and one of Spanier’s first actions when the news broke about Curley and Schultz’s failure to report Sandusky’s alleged abuses was to offer his support for both Curley and Schultz.

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