Skip to comments.Penn State Cancels Paterno News Conference Amid Scandal
Posted on 11/08/2011 9:35:01 AM PST by tcrlaf
About 50 minutes before it was about to begin, PSU administrators canceled Joe Paterno's weekly news conference Tuesday.
Penn State administrators have canceled Joe Paterno's weekly news conference in which he was expected to field questions about a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.
Paterno's son Scott tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the decision was made by President Graham Spanier's office.
Scott Paterno says his father was disappointed and was prepared to take questions about the scandal as well as the upcoming game against Nebraska.
Rocked by an alleged child sex abuse scandal, Penn State issued a statement late Monday saying that Paterno will only answer questions about football Tuesday during his regularly scheduled press conference.
(Excerpt) Read more at nbcphiladelphia.com ...
Joe WANTS to talk, the Administration doesn't want him to....
Then immediately after, this breaking news tweet.
BreakingNews Breaking News Penn State said to be planning football coach Joe Paterno's departure, sources say
Oh this is going to go over real big.
The whole thing is horrible.
I thought Ohio State was going to be the embarrassing part of the Big 10 this year with their “scandal” of turning a blind eye to free tattoos for some players.
Penn State makes OSU look like saints.
Now THIS is a sex scandal. Seriously.
A WHOLE LOT of CYA going on right now at Pedophile State. Just watch, they are going to try and hang this whole thing on PATERNO, and force him out, rather than the Administration taking the heat.
I’d bet attorney phones are ringing off the hook in State College and Harrisburg today.
He holds a weekly talkshow with radio affiliates. I believe he’s contractually obligated to do that. I don’t see how he’ll be able to get out of that. And what about next week’s news conference? Do these bozos at the administration think it’s going die down between now and then? What about press day at whatever bowl they go to which could be a top bowl? They better plan on cancelling his radio show and news conferences for the rest of the year.
They’ll send him packing after he goes to another bowl game. Well, we know what matters to Pedophile State University.
Michael Mann needs to be canned for shoving his hockey stick up the world’s collective butt.
The university put out a statement yesterday that they wanted everyone to remember that this week/game was dedicated to the seniors and they didn't want the scandal to overshadow that celebration ...
Poor Joe. Retirement will kill him within a month. Just like it did Bear Bryant.
I wonder if Joe Bastardi is dang glad to be gone.
Peanuts compared to the millions they will have to spend defending Spanier, Curley and Shultz.
There's plenty to go around: he said he knew about it years ago and went to the A. D. about it.....(question)why didn't he report it to the police(which he is legally and morally) bound to do?
“The university put out a statement yesterday that they wanted everyone to remember that this week/game was dedicated to the seniors and they didn’t want the scandal to overshadow that celebration ... “
We want this to die as quickly as possible. Play along, or face the wrath of the gay liberal administration!
I could be wrong, while I listen to it while I'm cooking dinner, I don't listen that closely... but I think he does a pre-recorded segment where he answers e mails. I believe that just started this year, because in the past he did do a half an hour or a full hour.
They can skate around this, but I'm sure the calls will be VERY interesting this week.
After watching the way the media has handled this event its my opinion that the media knows Paterno will retire at the end of the year (his contract is up) and are in a hurry to get him fired before he retires.
I sense that the media knows they are less able to impact public opinion on the political front (note the Herman Cain attempts at lynching) so they have decided to show their virility by going after an 84 year old Joe Paterno who was going to retire after the last game of the season.
You are right on the money
And the4 taxpayers are still going to be on the hook for JoPa’s gazillion dollar a year salary and other perks.
Good gad. Would they even try to put that out if a coach had been caught raping female students? I don’t think so because they’d’ve been overrun with irate female protestors who wanted the perp and his enablers strung up from Old Main. Which makes we wonder, why the difference in responses....
Forget the defense costs. How about the jury verdicts in civil suits? Or are PSU and its employees immune from civil suits?
Really sad that a great coach may have been done in by a gay child molester hired by the state to be his defensive coordinator.
IMHO the grad assistant (McQuarry, and his Dad, who was with him when McQuarry told Paterno) should have reported it to the police immediately after reporting it to Paterno as it was done.
Remember this from 2010?
Gay, Progressive Fraternity Added to IFC (Penn State)
Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity for gay and progressive men, has been added to the IFC.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) approved recognizing a fraternity for gay and progressive men Tuesday, which members hope will usher in a new era of collaboration between greeks and LGBT students.
IFC President Max Wendkos said the Delta Lambda Phi colony easily earned the minimum 2/3 of the chapter presidents’ approval required for recognition.
“It is always beneficial to welcome new and diverse viewpoints into any group,” Wendkos said. “We are excited for the opportunity that Delta Lambda Phi presents for the IFC to strengthen its relationship with the LGBTA community.”
Penn State University needs to drop the “S” and just be known as “P-U!”
Hard to argue against that.doesn't he also fit in the desciption of what the law considers a "mandated reporter" with a duty to do so?
That doesn’t even totally fix it. If Paterno is done in, it’s his own doing. Or technically, horrifically irresponsible lack of doing.
IMHO McQueary should have AT LEAST called 911 IMMEDIATELY! It goes to the sad culture of PSU that every one from the janitors all the way up to the president protected Sandusky and allowed him to continue raping boys in Joe's locker room.
Paterno has a chance to be a stand up guy here. He should come clean, retire, and make a commitment to the victims in this to spend the rest of his days on this earth as their advocate.
How could he justify knowing the perp was on his campus years after the ‘98 event, or that the perp ran an organization to recruit kids, and not reporting it?
Being a state institution, they are all state employees. Subject to the states hiring standards and quota correct?
Thats easy to say right now but I could envision a state of mind for 28 year old McQeary where he would have a hard time believing what he saw. When McQeary played at PSU, Sandusky was a virtual deity. In light of that I could understand McQeary taking the issue to the 2 most important people in his life....his father and Joe Paterno.
But he has also done some pretty decent things in his life.
In an era when coaches demand exorbitant contracts and get paid millons when they get fired, Paterno has for years signed contracts that are way under the value for a program such as Penn State.
He still lives in the same modest house on campus that he has for decades.
Paterno and his wife have donated millions to the University to endow academic ( NOT sports) related programs and scholarships.
He has definitely stayed too long as coach...he did not know when it was time to go....but these calls for summarily firing him are wrong. He should be allowed to finish out the season, then retire.
Many of the same peopel, and media sources, now calling for him to be summarily canned, were the same ones DEFENDING Michael Jackson against pedophilia charges...anyone see the hypocrisy here?
And look for the Nittany Lions to run the table...win out this season, and the Big 10 championship, AND win their BCS bowl...probably finish up at #6-8 final national ranking..
A couple of questions;
1. As I understand the situation, two officials of Penn State have been arrested for lying to a grand jury. Why would they lie when they must have known where this would lead?
2. Does a possible financial impact have anything to do with all the lying, failure to report crime, cover-up, etc?
Football= money/income for the college=sweep the rapes under the rug/keep your mouth shut=we are shocked=CYA mode!
“Penn State said to be planning football coach Joe Paterno’s departure, sources say”
It’s so weird, how they phrase these things. Either they’re firing him or he’s resigning. If you’re forcing him into retirement, then he’s not resigning. So when the time comes for him to leave, you let him say he’s doing it for health, family, or whatever. But you don’t say you’re planning his departure, because that implies he’s being fired; you might as well come out and say it at that point.
But what does it matter? PR is all a bunch of bosh.
“2. Does a possible financial impact have anything to do with all the lying, failure to report crime, cover-up, etc?”
You mean to tell me Penn State University is a branch of the Government of Pennsylvania?
You mean that this pedophile coach was on the state payroll?
Let me tell you something: if a state-run orphanage, or a state-run child-care center, had a scandal like this, it would, in very short order, no longer be state-run. It would no longer be anything, in fact.
It happened in Philadelphia, with one of their child-care agencies.
It could happen to Penn State too. Can you imagine?
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