The Case of Corbett v. Paterno, Spanier, et. al.



There's no smoking gun, but former New York Timesman Don Van Natta Jr.'s piece about the firing of Joe Paterno and PSU president Graham Spanier and the role that Gov. Corbett played in all of this is a fascinating read. On one hand, it's important to remember that firing Paterno (and certainly the clueless and grossly overpaid Spanier) was the right call given what we knew then about the Sandusky case -- and what we know now. On the other hand, Corbett comes off as looking way too eager to make this happen.

Here's a key excerpt:

To some, Corbett relished the opportunity and had even planned to play a role in managing the crisis. Eight days before the Sandusky grand jury presentment was released this past November, Corbett's staff booked hotel rooms in State College. Becoming governor had made Corbett a trustee, and he had decided to attend his first board meeting, after missing the first four. During those days of crisis in State College, he lobbied for the ouster of Paterno and Spanier, ending with that conference call on Nov. 9. And when he was on campus the next day, after Spanier's resignation and Paterno's firing, he celebrated the leadership changes. "Throughout this whole process, I felt he had some ulterior motive," a trustee says of Corbett. "Most trustees felt uncomfortable with his role. It was odd for him to be there and participate the way he did. Very odd."

Read the whole thing. You may also wonder why then-AG Corbett assigned so many agents (14) to look at "Bonusgate" and so few (1) to look at Sandusky.