Penn State Board of Trustee Member Steve Garban Reportedly Resigns

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 19, 2012

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Ex-Chairman of Penn State's Board of Trustees Steve Garban has reportedly resigned from his post.

According to's Don Van Natta Jr., Garban resigned due to "pressure by some of his fellow trustees who were angry at him for failing to alert them about the Jerry Sandusky criminal investigation in April 2011."

The 14-year board member included the following statement in a letter to chairwoman Karen Peetz:

It is clear to me that my presence on the board has become a distraction and an impediment to your efforts to move forward.

These past months have been some of the most painful of my life. After absorbing the findings of the Freeh Report last week, the Board of Trustees accepted responsibility for the failures of governance that took place on our watch. Following the release of the report, you also asked each member of the board to evaluate our individual paths forward.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was brought in by the Penn State Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough investigation of the sex abuse scandal revolving around longtime football coach Jerry Sandusky. 

The entire Freeh report can be found here.

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing but could be facing life in prison (via Yahoo! Sports) after being charged with sexually abusing 10 young boys over a 15-year period. 

The Paterno family has issued a statement saying they, "are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree with, some of the conclusions and assertions and the process by which they were developed," via

Paterno's legacy has been all but destroyed because of these findings. There are contingents that want the statue of the coach removed from the campus entirely. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a small plane circled high above the bronze statue, pulling a banner that read "Take the statue down or we will."

Paterno was the head coach at Penn State for 45 years before he was fired in November because of the outrage over the Sandusky allegations. His role as an iconic coach cannot be denounced, as 409 victories are hard to argue with.

However, this issue represents something much more serious.

The fact that a few higher-ups were able to conceal a child sex scandal should be a sign that college football programs have too much power over the surrounding community. Had the culture at Penn State been less reliant on football, there's a possibility these horrors could have been avoided.

The circumstances surrounding the scandal are some of the worst in NCAA history, and this needs to be treated as a learning moment for all of college sports.

Many people believe that the football program deserves the harshest penalties that can be exacted, while others hold the sentiment that the NCAA should not be involved.

According to, the "Death Penalty" is not out of the question for the school's football program.

Penn State is far from out of the woods yet, as the university is working to restore its once-pristine public image.

It will certainly take some time to do that.