Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Key players in Penn State saga
Spanier, 63, has been the president of Penn State since 1995. Previously, he was the chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and also worked in administrative positions at Oregon State the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His prior positions include chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oregon State University, and vice provost for undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Ph.D is from Northwestern in sociology; his undergraduate degree is from Iowa State. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Family Issues and lists "family therapist" among his specialties. He is currently the chair of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Presidential Oversight Board.
Paterno, 84, has been the head football coach at Penn State since 1966. He's worked on the Penn State football staff since 1950. Heading into Saturday's game against Nebraska, he's tied with Amos Alonzo Stagg with 548 games coached -- the most ever for a college football coach. He won 409 games, the most of any college football coach in history. He was the 1986 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. He's also given more than $5 million to the University, which the school calls the most ever by a football coach to his school. He announced he will retire at the end of the season on Nov. 9.
Sandusky, 67, was on the Penn State football staff under Joe Paterno for 32 seasons -- including 23 as the defensive coordinator -- retiring in 1999. He maintained an office in the football office after his retirement and is listed as a professor emeritus of physical education at the school. He was, at one point, consider the heir apparent to Paterno. He founded The Second Mile, an organization to help troubled young boys, in 1977, and said he would focus on his foundation when he retired. He was arrested on Nov. 5 and faced 40 counts of criminal sexual abuse with children over the course of 15 years -- from 1994 to 2009.
McQueary is Penn State's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He grew up in State College, Pa., and played at Penn State, starting at quarterback in 1997. He was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award his senior season. He joined the Penn State coaching staff full time eight years ago. He is unnamed in the grand jury report, but sources say McQueary witnessed Sandusky committing a sexual assault on a young boy at Penn State's Lasch Football building in 2002. He called his father, then reported the incident to his boss, Paterno. The mother of one of the victims in the grand jury indictment told the Patriot-News of Harrisburg: "I don't even have words to talk about the betrayal that I feel. [McQueary] was a grown man, and he saw a boy being sodomized ... He ran and called his daddy?"
Schultz, 62, was Penn State's senior vice president for finance and business. He was charged on Nov. 6 with failing to tell police about suspected child-sexual abuse. Schultz was the senior vice president and treasuer at Penn State from 1993-2009, retiring after 40 years with the school. He returned in 2011 on a temporary basis in a job that gave him oversight of the university police and human resource departments, among others. A university child care center is named for Schultz, who has officially retired again.
Curley, 57, was Penn State's athletic director from 1993 through Nov. 6, when he went on administrative leave after being charged with failing to tell police about suspected child-sexual abuse. He has been around Penn State athletics for his entire life -- he grew up in State College and parked cars and sold game programs at football games as a child.