Paterno Speaks Briefly After Canceled News Conference

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UNIVERSITY PARK (KDKA) — Media from all over the country converged on the Penn State campus this morning in hopes of hearing what legendary coach Joe Paterno might say about the child sex abuse allegations that have rocked the university.

Every week during the football season, Paterno holds a weekly press conference; and although the school put out an advisory that today’s news conference would be about football — and football alone, the university canceled it shortly before it was supposed to begin.

“Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,” Jeff Nelson, a spokesman for PSU’s athletic department, told reporters. “We will not have any additional comments on this matter.”

Not long after that, the New York Times reported plans are in the works to end Joe Paterno’s career.

Later in the day, Joe Paterno said he hoped to answer questions, but could not.

“I know you guys have a lot a questions and I was hoping I was going to be able to answer them today, but we’ll try to do it soon – soon as we can,” Joe Paterno said. “We can’t do it today.”

His son said there had been no discussion with the administration.

“There has been no contact about anything to do with stepping down,” Scott Paterno said.

When asked if President Graham Spanier canceled the press conference, Scott Paterno said, “You’d have to ask the administration about that.”

“It’s really a terrible story,” PSU sophomore Becky Hopkins said.

“For me, it was incredibly disappointing to hear it because Penn State’s always been associated with that honor, integrity,” added PSU senior Timothy Reynolds.

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing at least eight boys whom he met through a charity that he founded over the course of 15 years. Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business, Gary Schultz are also charged — accused in the cover-up.

A graduate assistant who claims he witnessed Sandusky with a boy in the shower says he went straight to Joe Paterno. Paterno reportedly told Curley about the allegations and Curley told Schultz; but no one reported the incident to police.

As for Paterno, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly told reporters yesterday, “He’s been cooperative with the investigators in this case; he’s not regarded as a target at this point.”

While some people are questioning if Paterno should have done more, others defend him.

“If everything that Joe Paterno said — if everything surrounding him is true and he did go to superiors and talk to them,” Reynolds added, “then I feel he did everything correctly and personally, I don’t think he’s to blame for anything.”

Not everyone agrees, though. In fact there is a Facebook page calling for Paterno’s resignation.

Another Facebook page called “Fire Graham Spanier” is also gaining in popularity. Likewise, a petition is also circulating that urges the school’s board of trustees to replace Spanier.

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One Comment

  1. marilyn says:

    What a way to end the career of a great coach, Through a sex scandal like this. But, JoePa has to resign. He did nothing when Sandusky was victimizing these young men. A sad way to end a legacy.

  2. eddiethesnitch says:

    PSU like every other high school and university has a protocol in place, which EVERY employee must follow. He immediately reported it to the AD, which is probably what he was instructed to do. It’s up to THEM to investigate, NOT anyone else. If both the AD and the Dist Atty of Centre county investigated and reported back to PSU there was no crime or not enough to bring a case, what’s Paterno supposed to do, not believe them? It’s not his job to investigate. And if he did so (or any other employee of ANY school), he’d be severely reprimanded for challenging and usurping his superiors. Even if Paternoo personally thought those acts were committed, he’s not the almighty judge and jury or town cryer. That’s the job of the AD and DA.

  3. jbizzle says:

    I agree with eddie. Everyone is rushing to conclusions. It may very well come out that someone reported back to JoPa that the DA or AG office started an investigation. Then what is he supposed to do, jump into a phone booth and come out in a superman outfit. Let all the facts come out before you drink the hater aid and crucify Joe. This man has led an exemplary and dignified life at least wait for the facts to come out.

  4. Sad Times in Happy Valley says:

    Don’t let JoePa go out this way . . . let’s not rush to judgment and ruin the man’s career before all the facts are revealed.

  5. tjones says:

    Any defense of Joe P’s actions is in itself indefensible. After Joe made his initial report, and it became clear that nothing was done, how could he stand the sight of Sandusky, let alone watch him continue his association with children??? As for the man who witnessed a child being raped and thought that telling the coach was the right thing to do, I cannot wrap my head around that one. Who really cares about protocol or your damned job when children are being raped?? Why didn’t anyone, including St. Joe, bother to find out if that boy was alright, or needed medical attention? They couldn’t even be bothered to learn his name.

    I guess the boys were were raped after Joe and his staff learned the truth (in 2002) and failed to stop it can take consolation in the fact that protocol was followed.

    1. Toledo Window Box says:

      I AGREE 100%. EVERYONE at Penn State that knew even a little bit about these rapes had to be disgusted at the sight of him, but they did nothing for a decade and wouldve prefered to go to their graves with the secret. Either these people are all soulless creeps or they were bribed, blackmailed, or killed to keep their mouths shut. No way this many people can be that heartless so it’s certainly credible to think “friends of the program” kept this quiet for so long. Eventually the truth will come out and it’s only a matter of time till we find out D.A. Ray Gricar was paid off in 1998 so he wouldnt prosecute Sandusky and was killed in 2005 because he was going to blow the whistle. Is it coincidence that in the complaint timeline Sandusky appeared to stop raping kids around the same time Gricar went “missing”?

  6. DA says:

    When the victims come forward and talk they will have to prove the allegations, right now it’s he said he said…..Joe wasn’t in the shower

  7. Concerned says:

    My employer also has protocols in place for the line of “telling”. But I’m sorry, in this case it is a moral obligation to raise this to higher authorities if nothing is done. I would, no matter what would happen to my job. If it’s going to save a life or help keep abusers away, then I’m going to the cops.
    This is not just about JoePa – it’s about anyone who knew what happened.

  8. Hamilton Berger says:

    Who got rid of the DA who was investigating in the first place? I think Joe Pa is The Godfather

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