Today’s scheduled Joe Paterno press conference has been cancelled at the last minute, according to a tweet from Darren Rovell of CNBC.
The Penn State head football coach had been scheduled to hold a presser regarding the team’s upcoming senior game. The school’s sports information department had issued a release this morning stating that the embattled head coach would be answering only football related questions. Such a request sparked outcry among the public who believe Paterno has a responsibility to address the issues regarding the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
The Scranton Times-Tribune has posted the release they received from the Penn State sports information department online:
Media planning to attend Tuesday’s Penn State Football weekly teleconference are advised that the primary focus of the teleconference is to answer questions related to Penn State’s Senior Day game with Nebraska this Saturday. Head coach Joe Paterno and any Penn State Football student-athletes in attendance will be answering questions about the Nebraska game, Penn State’s season thus far and other topics related to the current college football season.
Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday on child molestation charges stemming from incidents between 1994 and 2002 involving eight young boys, reports claim.
The most recent reported incident was in 2002, when a graduate student said he witnessed Sandusky showering with a ten-year-old boy. The student reported what he saw to long-time head coach Joe Paterno and Paterno in turn reported the incident to the administration. The administration failed to notify the police, breaking Pennsylvania law. Paterno has not been charged with any crimes, however, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz were charged with both failure to report the abuse of a child and perjury.