Next Penn State Casualty: Its President

Graham Spanier will be out by the end of the day, says a source
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2011 12:26 PM CST
Next Penn State Casualty: Its President
In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, Penn State President Graham Spanier, left, and head football coach Joe Paterno chat during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Iowa.   (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

(Newser) – The heads keep on rolling: Casualty No. 4 of the Penn State sexual assault scandal will be university President Graham Spanier, reports the Express-Times. A source with access to the board of trustees tells the paper he will either resign or be voted out—but that either way, he'll be out by the end of the day. Spanier in 2002 learned of an alleged encounter between Jerry Sandusky and a young boy in a Penn State locker room shower; he opted not to call in police.

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Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson will likely become the interim president, notes the Express-Times. Who might ultimately fill Spanier's shoes? None other than Homeland Security honcho/former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. A source tells ESPN that Ridge's name was discussed last night during a board meeting. Earlier today, Coach Joe Paterno announced he would step down at the end of the season. (Read more Graham Spanier stories.)

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