I have had a couple of emails, pointing out that I didn't go far enough on this topic.
Here is the NYT's writeup of John Simon. Worth your time to read it. Looks like the US Grant people were in the middle of firing SIU over their treatment of Dr. Simon. Nothing like a great man being brought down by petty SIU politicians.
Turns out that there was a second emeritus professor hit with the same charges, in the same way as Dr. Simon. More to come on that situation.
I'm guessing we will see no local newspaper coverage on this, but the Chronicle of Higher Education seems to be on the case.
Seems like there is something going really wrong here. Maybe it is time for the good people of Carbondale to take a stand, before there is no one to defend you, when you get screwed. I have written to Poshard and a few others. You should do the same.