Pa. newspapers: Paterno, PSU prez should resign

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Patriot-News of Harrisburg is calling for the immediate resignation of Penn State President Graham Spanier in a rare, full-page, front-page editorial amid the child sex-abuse case involving a former football coach.

Tuesday's editorial also calls for this to be legendary coach Joe Paterno's last season.

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Both men are under close scrutiny for their responses to an alleged sexual encounter involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and a young boy in a locker room shower.

Neither Spanier nor Paterno are charged but athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz face charges of perjury and failure to report abuse.

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"There are the obligations we all have to uphold the law. There are then the obligations we all have to do what is right," the board wrote.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review called for Spanier and Paterno to both resign in an editorial Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Penn State administrators cancelled Paterno's weekly news conference in which he was expected to field questions about the scandal.

Paterno's son Scott told The Associated Press on that the decision was made by president Graham Spanier's office. Scott Paterno said his father was disappointed and was prepared to take questions about the scandal as well as the upcoming game against Nebraska.

"It's sickening, shocking. It's very saddening," said Scott, who played for Penn State from 1999-2002 and roomed with Sandusky's son one year. "Hopefully it's not true. And, if it is, man, it's just bad."

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