Saturday afternoon, Graham Spanier, the president of Penn State University, released a three-paragraph statement commenting on charges filed against Tim Curley, the school’s athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the school’s senior vice president for finance and business.
The astonishing brevity of the statement — just 109 words — is in marked contrast to the press release on Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly’s website, describing in devastating detail the charges against the two men and Jerry Sandusky, who has served as the school’s assistant football coach.
It’s also in sharp contrast to what happened late last night; Curley and Schultz stepped down last night after an emergency meeting of Penn State’s Board of Directors.
While most of the mainstream media is focusing on current head football coach Joe Paterno, there’s something deeper that is in play here, and that’s the allegation of a cover-up on the part of the university. The athletic director is involved in this episode, and so is the senior vice president of the school, one with oversight over the university’s police department.
Yep, the police.
College sports in America have a lot to answer for, in terms of a massive organization making billions of dollars off free labor and calling themselves a “non-profit.” There is a sense of entitlement amongst many in this gravy train that has seen basketball and football coaches being the highest-paid employees on several states’ government payrolls.
Now, if the Penn State situation happened to a government organization, this would be a scandal that would go to the very top of management.
Perhaps that’s why Spanier said so little.