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August 5, 2013

Don’t drop the ball in the decision-making process

Reports that three former Penn State officials will stand trial in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal sends a clear message.

Those in the decision-making process shouldn’t drop the ball when faced with tough choices. The problems won’t go away.

A Pennsylvania district judge saw enough evidence to warrant a trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley, according to The Associated Press.

Lead state prosecutor Bruce Beemer argued the trio engaged in a “conspiracy of silence.” The cover-up was not telling police in 2001 about an allegation of Sandusky molesting a boy in a Penn State shower, despite knowledge of accusations of showering with boys three years previously.

Since 2011, the arrest of the retired assistant football coach sent the administration into damage-control mode to deal with the tragic scandal. Convicted on multiple counts, the 69-year-old Sandusky was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison last fall, according to AP.

The university’s monetary price related to the scandal is close to $50 million, according to AP. Penn State’s website recently showed a $47.7 million total through May — around $2 million higher than just two months before — with legal and defense costs at $10.4 million.

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