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Penn State Scandal Will Cost President Graham Spanier His Job By Wednesday, According To Report

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno isn't the only person connected to the Jerry Sandusky investigation whose tenure at the university is ending: university president Graham Spanier will either resign or be voted out by day's end on Wednesday, reports The Express-Times, citing "a source close to the board of trustees." Rodney A. Erickson, the university's Executive Vice President and Provost, is expected to replace Spanier on an interim basis, according to the newspaper.

Spanier drew ire around the country when grand jury testimony revealed he was made aware in 2002 that an eyewitness reported Sandusky, the Penn State assistant coach for over 30 years who had since retired, sexually assaulted a child in the Penn State locker room, but did not notify the police. Though not charged with a crime, Spanier has nonetheless seen his reputation suffer, likely irreparably, in light of the news. That he's publicly expressed his support for two administrators charged with covering up Sandusky's behavior--and not for the victims of Sandusky's alleged crimes--further hurt his image.

Following a two-year investigation, Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of child sexual assault Friday. Eight victims have alleged he assaulted them between 1995 and 2002. Sandusky is said to have met many of the victims through The Second Mile, a children's charity he founded in 1977.

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