On November 9, the same day Joe Paterno was fired and students rioted in the streets of State College, the Penn State Board of Trustees removed school president Graham Spanier. In his place they appointed Provost Rodney Erickson as interim president. A week later, they removed the "interim" tag. Just two months after that, Erickson surprisingly announced he would step down, effective June of 2014. Perhaps his brief overlap with Jerry Sandusky is one reason why.
Thirteen years on, not even Erickson was spared an appearance in the Freeh Report. When Jerry Sandusky was semi-forced into retirement in 1999, he wanted a title—something to forever associate him with Penn State. Graham Spanier promised an "emeritus" rank to Sandusky, if he was willing to step away quietly.