Rodney Erickson agreed to NCAA sanctions without consulting with the Penn State Board of Trustees. This goes against what the Board agreed needed to happen as a result of the Freeh Report: That the President needed to inform the Board of major decisions that affect the University.
While the NCAA used the Penn State funded Freeh Report to issue it's consequences, this does not mean that Penn State had to accept all of the sanctions. President Erickson should have consulted with the entire Board of Trustees to determine whether the University wanted to disagree or appeal any of the sanctions.
Penn State students, alumni, and friends of the University are interested in learning the facts and allowing more evidence to come out from the upcoming trials. We are not interested in "quick fixes" and "moving forward" without knowing the truth. People of character stand up for the truth and what is right, and accept responsibility for their actions. We are still waiting for the truth, not one man's opinion and a media trial.
Rodney Erickson did exactly what Graham Spanier was accused of doing: making unilateral decisions without letting the BoT know what was going on. Even if you want to accept the Freeh Report as the absolute truth, Rodney Erickson has violated one of the recommendations of that Report. That is not moving forward.
Either way, Rodney Erickson is NOT Penn State, and he needs to be removed from office.
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