Timothy Curley

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Tim Curley
Current position
Title Athletic Director
Team Penn State University
Biographical details
Born (1954-04-28) April 28, 1954 (age 62)

Timothy M. "Tim" Curley (born April 28, 1954) is the former athletic director for Penn State University. He was forced out of his position for his alleged role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.


Curley was appointed athletic director on December 30, 1993. He succeeded Jim Tarman, for whom he had served as an assistant. During his 18 years as athletic director, Penn State won 18 national championships and 64 Big Ten titles.[1]

Curley drew criticism for his handling of allegations of anti-gay discrimination by Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland. Curley and Portland were sued by a former player who alleged that Portland had actively discriminated against players who were lesbian or perceived to be lesbian.[2] Portland was ultimately fined by the university after the allegations came to light.[3]

Child sex abuse scandal[edit]

In 2011, former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation dating back to 1994. During the grand jury investigation, Curley had testified as to his awareness of a 2002 rapes that occurred in the Penn State football locker room, in which assistant coach Mike McQueary testified he witnessed Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy.[4] McQueary notified head coach Joe Paterno, who brought the matter to Curley's attention.

Curley testified that he had only been told that Sandusky was "horsing around" with an underage boy. Curley, along with Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, did not report the incident to police, and their discipline of Sandusky was limited to restricting him from bringing underage children to campus.

The grand jury investigating Sandusky ultimately did not find Curley's testimony credible, and indicted him and Schultz for perjury and for failing to report possible abuse.[5] After the indictment, Curley and Schultz were suspended from their duties. University President Graham Spanier issued a statement expressing support for both men that said: "Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion."[6] Spanier was forced to resign by the school's Board of Trustees on November 9, 2011, in part because of this statement.[7][8]

The report of an independent investigation conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh and his firm stated that Curley, along with Schultz, Spanier and Paterno, had knowledge of past abuse allegations against Sandusky and concealed them, concluding that they "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade".[9][10]

Curley was placed on administrative leave pending trial.[11] On October 16, 2012, Penn State announced they would not renew Curley's contract when it expired in June 2013.[12]

On November 1, 2012, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly announced that a grand jury had returned a superseding indictment against Curley and Schultz. The indictment added additional charges of child endangerment, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Spanier was also indicted for allegedly covering up Sandusky's crimes.[13]

On July 30, 2013, Curley was ordered by Judge William Wenner to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up.[14]


  1. ^ Penn State Athletics profile
  2. ^ Controversial Penn State Coach Resigns
  3. ^ University concludes investigation of claims against women's basketball coach
  4. ^ Report of Thirty Third Statewide Investigating Grand Jury ('Grand Jury Report')". Pennsylvania Attorney General.
  5. ^ Penn State students react to grand jury investigation, charges against former coach Sandusky, AD Curley, VP for Finance and Business Schultz
  6. ^ Spanier: Curley, Schultz 'Operate at the Highest Levels of Honesty'
  7. ^ Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier removed, November 10, 2011
  8. ^ Former Penn State president Graham Spanier volunteered to resign, wasn't fired, report says. The Patriot-News, 2011-11-17.
  9. ^ Report of the Special Investigative Counsel Regarding the Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky. Jul 2012. pp. 14-15.
  10. ^ Ganim, Sarah (July 12, 2012). "Joe Paterno, others covered up Jerry Sandusky abuse of children, PSU-Freeh report says". The Patriot-News. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ PSU: McQueary put on administrative leave
  12. ^ Cash, Rana. "Penn State won't renew Tim Curley's contract as athletic director". The Sporting News. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Ganim, Sarah (November 1, 2012). The Patriot-News. PennLive http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/11/spanier_charged_with_obstructi.html. Retrieved November 1, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Judge orders 3 former Penn State officials to stand trial in Sandusky scandal". FOX News. July 31, 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.