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Graham Spanier’s Really Tough Week!

He had a contract that was going to run till 2015.  He went to China.  He was an appointee for military education.  Things were going well for Graham.

And then the Sandusky Scandal!

Now he’s lost his job, lost his sure footing with the military, and he’s lost his standing as the head of Penn State’s squeaky clean sports program.  It must be tough.  Here is something he apparently said about Penn  State’s Sports program:

I meet with coaches, in fact, all of the employees of intercollegiate athletics at the beginning of every year for 15 years in a row. One of the messages that I always give as part of my talk with them is that if they break the rules, they will be fired. There’s nobody in athletics who doesn’t understand that will be the consequence of breaking the rules. I don’t mean some small inadvertent thing. I mean cheating and breaking rules that everyone knows can’t be broken.

The athletic director is a member of the president’s cabinet, and meets with me and all of the vice presidents every Monday for two or three hours. He is in on every major discussion about what is happening at the university and believe it or not, there are a lot of things we talk about you wouldn’t think are connected to athletics, but Tim Curley is always thinking… He also can be a part of discussions understanding what our values are overall. So if we’re having a discussion that’s being led by the vice president for student affairs, about student behavior or excessive consumption of alcohol, the athletic director is there hearing.

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