Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/9/11

Multiple outlets, including ESPN, are reporting that Penn State president Graham Spanier will be gone by the end of the day- either he’ll resign, or he’ll be forced out. The man now nicknamed “Cocker Spanier” has gone unseen and unheard during all this.

The on-campus rioting/demonstration last night conveyed that this has really gone on long enough.

Obviously Spanier has to go, there is a groundswell of grassroots support for his ouster.

More than 1,600 people in nearly every state created a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Penn St. University’s Board of Trustees to fire President Graham Spanier after he failed to notify the police about a 2002 incident of suspected child sexual abuse in the locker room of the university’s football team by retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

“Mr. Spanier is ultimately responsible for what happened to those kids,” said Darrell Lucus, who launched the campaign on Change.org over the weekend. “He knew that there was an allegation that a child had been sexually assaulted, but he didn’t call the police, and now Jerry Sandusky is being indicted for hurting many more kids since then. I think we have to hold leaders like Spanier accountable for taking all allegations of child abuse seriously.”

News of the online petition should increase pressure on the Penn State Board of Trustees to act swiftly. Within a few days of the campaign’s launch, Darrell Lucus had recruited over 1,600 supporters on Change.org Maybe it’ll make a difference on forcing JoePa out now, instead of at the end of the season?

Clearly Spanier and company knew what was going on. Here’s an article from 7 MONTHS AGO on the situation. Check out the excerpt:

In 1999, Penn State was rid of Sandusky. His rep was unblemished, which allowed him to continue running a charitable foundation that gave him access to underage males. To be a volunteer assistant with a high school football team, thus gaining access to underage males.

If Paterno and Penn State knew, but didn’t act, instead facilitating Sandusky’s untroubled retirement – are Paterno and Penn State responsible for untoward acts since committed by Sandusky?

This is far from an outrageous hypothesis, especially given the convenient timeline.

Initially accused in 1998. Retires in 1999. Never coaches college football again. Sandusky was very successful at what he did. The architect of Linebacker U. Helped win national championships in 1982 and 1986. Recognized as college football’s top assistant in 1986 and 1999.

Never any stories about Sandusky being pursued for a high-profile job. Never any rumors about him coming out of retirement.

But there’s no shortage of stories and rumors about Penn State football sweeping problems under the rug, is there?

Why did college football let an accomplished coach like Sandusky walk away at 55? Why did he disappear into relative anonymity?

I implore to read the whole thing here.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports.

A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the FWAA, USBWA and SPJ. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The Warriors just trucked the Blazers with 8 threes, 45 points in the first quarter

Serena Williams fires back at Ilie Nastase’s racist comment about her child

Magic Johnson will represent the Lakers at NBA Draft Lottery

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes suspended, fined for throwing at Manny Machado

Jerry Jones happy Tony Romo isn’t playing for another NFL team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

George told teammates he has dreamed of playing for Lakers?

Westbrook takes shot at Rockets for laughing at Roberson

Report: Adrian Peterson, Saints 'closing in on a deal'

Richard Sherman shows up for voluntary workouts

Jabrill Peppers the latest star to test positive for diluted sample

NFL draft prospect loses father to accidental shooting

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: David Fizdale and the Grizzlies won't go down quietly

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker