[quote=“tjb, post:3, topic:2794”]Spanier was in an impossible position, largely of his own making. He misstepped with his completely tone deaf first response, and then it was pretty quickly clear that he had his own problems in the case and was not in a position to credibly speak for the university. We’re probably lucky he didn’t say anything in the last few days.
Then the board had to get its s— together, push aside the toadies and lackeys, and get a consensus for how to respond decisively.
I went back and read the Sandusky thread today, and it is already hard to remember how this percolated into our consciousness. It took a day or two for the enormity to hit us fully (not all of us), imagine if you think yourself and your colleagues pretty good people and you got hit with this directly.
No excuses, but this is not ordinary crisis management. This is the mother of all crises.[/quote]
Good points, Tim. The complete vaccuum of leadershp both in the athletic department and at the university level allowed this thing to sprial completely out of control. In limited hindsight, the BOT needed to put someone (anyone) out there in the public domain to get some control of the situation (heck, even if it was a PR firm) but a board that size just cannot move deciseivly enough in this kind of fast-moving situation. That’s part of what you hire a president to do!!
I’m still flabbergahsted by the fact that last night’s announcement was the first time ANYONE representing the university took questions from the press converning this whole thing.