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Former president Spanier attends Penn State game

January 19, 2013 • National News


Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, right, watches the Penn State men’s basketball game against Nebraska, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/StateCollege.com, Ben Jones)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier attended the school’s men’s basketball game against Nebraska on Saturday, making a rare high-profile appearance on campus in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Spanier and two other high-ranking former administrators face charges including perjury and obstruction for allegedly covering up sex abuse allegations against Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach. All three are awaiting a preliminary hearing and have maintained their innocence.

Spanier left under pressure days after Sandusky’s November 2011 arrest, while Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired. A university-sanctioned investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh accused Spanier and Paterno of participating in a cover-up to protect the school’s image.

Paterno died almost a year ago. His family has firmly denied the allegations of a cover-up.

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