At his State College house, surrounded by hundreds of students and fans chanting his name, head football coach Joe Paterno said this.
Later that night, as university officials left the campus' Old Main administrative building without comment, Penn State's Board of Trustees issued a statement saying it is "outraged by the horrifying details contained in the Grand Jury Report."
"As parents, alumni and members of the Penn State Community, our hearts go out to all of those impacted by these terrible events, especially the tragedies involving children and their families. We cannot begin to express the combination of sorrow and anger that we feel about the allegations surrounding Jerry Sandusky. We hear those of you who feel betrayed and we want to assure all of you that the Board will take swift, decisive action."
Some university employees were left asking, 'What took so long?'
In interviews and conversations with employees who work on campus, a view has emerged beyond the charges or the future of the football program. They're also asking, what will happen to the university? Students asked the same thing: loudly, en masse and often from different points of view.
Several hundred turned out at Paterno's house around 6 p.m., chanting the coach's name and drawing him outside twice. "It's hard for me to tell you how much this means to me," he said.
Family members peered out the front door and window, and Paterno's wife Sue was in tears several times.
The masses then moved to campus, where a conference-call meeting of the board drew their attention. Outside Old Main, students delivered various messges: rage at Sandusky, support for Paterno, dismay at Paterno and a desire to the stadium chant when the football makes a big play. They called for Univeristy President to come outside, to speak and to resign. They played "Sweet Caroline," a mainstay song at Beaver Stadium on gamedays.
The groups then flowed downtown to the area of Beaver Avenue known as "Beaver Canyon," where police wearing riot gear met an unruly but largely obedient crowd. They returned to Old Main, with louder cheers and louder chants.
Some university employees mixed in with the crowd. Around Old Main, a sense of dread pervades. Many have not heard from Spanier, either, perhaps signaling his departure. They were confused that Spanier's only statement on the matter voiced "unconditional support" for athletic director Tim Curley (now on administrative leave) and Gary Schultz, former interim senior vice president for finance and business, who stepped down. Both have been charged with perjury and failure to report the suspected abuse.
The board, which is to meet in Hershey today, has a regularly scheduled public meeting Friday at the Nittany Lion Inn on campus. As of last night, that meeting still was scheduled for a conference room at the hotel, though a huge crowd is expected.
As part of its "swift, decisive action," Penn State's board has announced that it will convene a task force to review the university's procedures "related to the protection of children." It also promised a special committee to "undertake a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury Report."
Students intend to rally around Old Main again Wednesday afternoon as they wait to hear someone speak from inside the building.