Penn State Scandal: Report Says Trustees Knew of Investigation Before Arrest

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Penn State Interim President Rodney Erickson speaks during a press conference at the Nittany Lion Inn, November 11, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Erickson announced that Penn State Assistant Coach Mike McQueary, who was a witness to former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly abusing a 10-year-old boy in the shower in 2002, will be placed on administrative leave.   (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Current Penn State University President Rodney Erickson said the board of trustees were informed of the child sex abuse accusations against Jerry Sandusky months before any arrest had been made. 

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Erickson said then-president Graham Spanier told the trustees of the grand jury investigation, but that he wasn't at the meeting. 

Mr. Erickson said Tuesday he did not attend the briefing, which he said took place in May or July while he was still provost, nor was he told it had occurred until after Mr. Sandusky's November arrest blew up into a national media firestorm and Mr. Spanier resigned. 

That's quite a lengthy time that these trustees knew of at least something. It's unknown what all they knew, but if the report is true, it's going to once again shed negative light toward Penn State.

As the university tries to reshape its image, this is the last thing it needed. 

The big uproar when the scandal broke is that numerous amounts of people allegedly knew something happened and chose to do nothing about it.

It resulted in the firing of head coach Joe Paterno and forced the Nittany Lions to try and regroup as a team before crucial games at the end of the season.

Wednesday night, there will be a series of three meetings with the alumni, and with this news breaking, it will certainly be something many want to talk about. 

Several people were upset about how Penn State handled the scandal, but then again, it was something so horrifyingly devastating that no one had ever experienced before. 

There was going to be criticism no matter what the Nittany Lions did once the scandal broke.

Now that we know it's a possibility other higher-up members of the Penn State administration possibly knew, things could get even uglier in Happy Valley.

Erickson plans to step down at the end of his contract in 2014, but who knows how much this new information will affect that.

In these troubled times, Penn State continues to get hit with more crushing news, but the hope is that soon all of it will pass and the Nittany Lions can wipe away this mess. 

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