Morning Call does an old-fashioned job of summing up a day of testimony (that is, with proper time to sort, making sense of):
Other than not reporting the incident to DPW and their regrets in not doing so, the two administrators’ testimonies were vastly different, right down to how they even heard about the 2001 incident.
Silver pointed out to Schultz that until he entered his guilty plea, he had not claimed that McQueary had told him that he saw Sandusky with his arms wrapped around the boy from behind.
Curley told a different version of the story. He vehemently denied that McQueary reported contact between Sandusky and the boy, sexual or otherwise.
Another key difference was that Curley claimed the two met with Paterno on Feb. 11, 2001, and he informed them of the incident. Schultz claimed that Curley phoned him after the meeting.
Prosecutors also showed a 1998 email chain indicating that Paterno was made aware of an investigation into Sandusky that year after a woman complained that the former Penn State assistant football coach had bear-hugged her son in the showers. Curley testified that he had informed Paterno of that incident, contradicting Paterno’s 2011 grand jury testimony. Paterno died in 2012.
The most important testimony from the two administrators, in terms of the case against Spanier, 68, is what they told their boss of the incidents. The prosecution is trying to prove that Spanier had knowledge of the crimes and failed to report it.
Prosecutors asked Schultz if he had ever told Spanier that the 2001 incident was horseplay during a late February meeting.
“Yes, because that was the original report from Joe Paterno,” Schutlz said, adding that he did tell Spanier that they were naked.
“Everyone was concerned; we thought it was serious.”
Schultz testified that he was under the impression the 2001 incident had been reported to DPW, up until the 2011 grand jury investigation, though he was not sure where that information came from.
“I’m not sure, but I think it was President Spanier,” Schultz says.
Schultz also testified that he told Spanier more than once of a similar 1998 incident involving Sandusky. Prosecutors presented an email chain discussing the incident, on which Spanier was copied.
“It was important and the president should hear about it, and he should hear about it from me,” Schultz said.
Curley, however, said he had no conversations with Spanier regarding the 1998 incident, though he acknowledged Spanier was copied on the email chain.
The prosecution earlier had introduced a note from a Feb. 12. 2001, meeting between Curley and Schultz before a meeting with Spanier and his council. Curley said he used the same paper for a meeting the trio had afterward.
The note only included the initials TMC (Tim M. Curley).
“Am I missing Graham Spanier’s initials on there?” Silver asked.
“No, you’re not,” Schultz said.
“Is it possible then,” Silver continued, “that it reflects only a meeting with Tim Curley before the President’s Council?”
“Something like that is possible,” Schultz replied. “But I don’t think so.”
He referred to a mark at the bottom of the note: “T.C. to keep Schultz posted,” which he said was Spanier’s directive to Curley, but he conceded that he could not specifically point out when Spanier was introduced to the conversation.
Lisa Powers, Penn State director of strategic communications, also testified about emails among her, Spanier and a Harrisburg reporter. Spanier said in those emails he had no knowledge of the 1998 incident, Powers testified.