Thirteen of the 32 members of Penn State's Board of Trustees sat down with The New York Times yesterday to finally tell their side of the story. The resulting published narrative walks us through how the board reacted in the immediate aftermath of the release of the Jerry Sandusky grand jury presentment, culminating with their decision to fire Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno on Nov. 9.
The story is of interest because it pulls back the curtain a bit, though there are few surprises. Here's one: The Times reports that the board members were "shocked by the charges—and caught completely unaware" once it became known to the public that Sandusky was facing multiple counts of sexual abuse against children, and two university administrators were alleged to have perjured themselves. This echoes what Rodney Erickson, the man the board tapped to replace Spanier as Penn State's president, sort of said a little more than a week ago about his own knowledge of what was going on, and when.