Spanier was fired not because of any personal role in the Sandusky football scandal, but because of negligence on his part in ensuring that the allegations were properly investigated. This was not the only case in which Spanier failed to ensure proper investigation of misconduct allegations. As noted above, Spanier had falsely reported to the Penn State trustees and the public that the Penn State Inquiry Committee had properly interviewed critics and had examined the Climategate documents and issues “from all sides.”
On Thursday, John Hinderaker of Power Line wrote, “If you have ever wondered what would happen in a society consisting entirely of liberals, the Occupier movement is providing the answer: devolution.” But long before Occupy Wall Street, academia was an insular society consisting virtually entirely of “liberals” — though the meaning of that word has been increasingly in doubt for quite some time. Penn State, whether it comes to searching for a way to regulate the freedom out of virtually all economic activity, while simultaneously looking the other way during the most heinous of human behavior can increasingly be seen as an exercise in moral and intellectual devolution.