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Penn State Scandal: Graham Spanier Out As President, According To Report

Nate Bauer is reporting that Graham Spanier is semi-officially out as president of Penn State.

According to a source, Graham Spanier has submitted his resignation. Announcement should come after BOT meeting tonight.

This isn’t much of a surprise, obviously. There didn’t seem to be any way Spanier would last the week.

That would put Dr. Rodney Erickson in line to become Penn State’s new president, although it’s unclear whether that would be temporary or permanent. Erickson is currently Penn State’s Executive Vice President and Provost. He has had no connection to the scandal.

We’ll wait to see if we hear this for sure tonight. Spanier hitched his wagon to Tim Curley and Gary Schultz (whose names now seem almost forgotten after three straight days of media hubbub surrounding Spanier and especially Joe Paterno), and he’s not going to be able to get it un-hitched, so Penn State has little choice but to get rid of him along with the others. Hopefully Erickson – if in fact he does wind up in charge – will be able to restore order.

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