Penn State’s Athletic Director Stripped of Award After Child-Sex Scandal

Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley was stripped of an award for administrative excellence less than a week after he was accused of helping to cover up a child-sex scandal involving a former assistant football coach.

The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame said in a statement that it decided to vacate the John L. Toner Award that Curley was chosen to receive in June.

It didn’t mention Curley by name or give a reason for its decision. The awards dinner is set for Dec. 6 in New York.

Curley, 57, took a leave of absence from Penn State two days ago after being charged with perjury and failure to report allegations of child sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on university grounds.

Curley is among school officials, including university President Graham Spanier and football coach Joe Paterno, who have been criticized for how they handled the assault reports. Paterno, 84, said today he’ll retire after this season, ending a 46-year career as the Nittany Lions’ coach.

The foundation said in June that Curley was the recipient of its annual Toner Award, which is presented to an athletic director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown “outstanding dedication to college athletics,” with a particular focus on college football.

Curley has been Penn State’s athletic director since 1993.

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