Yeah, one has to wonder about motivated reasoning if at this point jail time didn’t appear inevitable.
I didn’t think Spanier would get actual jail time. He really did seem the least culpable. I agree that Curley was the most - he was the one charged with doing the “investigation”. Schultz’s secret files surely suggest he should have held out for what appeared to be his initial desire - contact the state.
If “notify your superior” remains the recommendation of the NCAA/experts, perhaps this judge’s actions will change that (and should). Somehow, not immediately notifying the proper investigative authorities of a reported sex crime seems more like a response to a report someone hadn’t performed their annual employee reviews on time. One lesson of this and the Catholic Church/Private boarding schools/etc controversies is that everyone seems to want to look the other way and brush these allegations under the rug.
I agree with @mjg about jail time for offenses like this, but the fine would have to be huge to send the same message that this has to change.
For the record, I am not buying any of the corruption/conspiracy theory stuff.