A coin toss is often used to resolve a dispute. The Penn State-Army coin toss certainly did just that, but the dispute was far from the playing field.
When news broke that Bruce Heim, former board member of The Second Mile was chosen to take part in a ceremonial pregame coin toss, some Penn State alumni and supporters voiced disapproval. The invitation was swiftly revoked.
But make no mistake: as a result of Heim’s public acknowledgment that he had been made aware of the 2001 Sandusky incident, a major dispute was resolved. There was no “conspiracy of silence” at Penn State.
In several different recent reports, Heim indicated that it was his decision to keep The Second Mile board in the dark when former Penn State athletics director Tim Curley notified then-Second Mile CEO Jack Raykovitz in 2001 that Jerry Sandusky — a Second Mile employee — had been seen showering with a boy in the Lasch Building. Curley not only followed reporting rules, he exceeded them, according to a 2001 statute.
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It has never been a matter of a coin toss for the members of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. We’ve continually questioned why Penn State administrators have been held responsible for mistakes made by The Second Mile. With no clear case against these Penn State officials, PS4RS calls for the Attorney General’s Office to drop charges against them.
Maribeth Roman Schmidt