There are so many moving parts to this Penn State sex scandal story. The Mirror's Cory Giger will weigh in with the latest news and analysis right here, and this page will be updated throughout the day. Follow @CoryGiger on Twitter for live posts, as well.
I went too easy on Mike McQueary in the earlier post today. I was wrong.
He was a grown man who allegedly walked into a shower and saw a man raping a 10-year-old boy. He did nothing about it and left the building.
He allegedly didn't try to stop it.
He allegedly didn't attack Sandusky and get him to stop.
He allegedly didn't help the boy, remove him from the situation or anything of the sort.
McQueary, according to his own testimony, left.
What kind of a man does that?
I was wrong earlier because I wanted to give McQueary credit for at least telling the truth the next day and to the grand jury.
But that's not enough.
Nowhere near enough.
McQueary failed that young boy that night in the shower. It has to be difficult for him to live with such a horrible mistake in judgment.
(UPDATE: I had not yet read the 23-page grand jury presentment before making my earlier post about McQueary on this day. I had been on vacation the past week, didn't arrive home until 11 p.m. Sunday and was catching up on the story after hearing and reading bits and pieces about everyone's involvement. After thoroughly reading the grand jury report in the afternoon and learning of McQueary's actions, I became outraged, just as many people around the country have after reading the accounts.)
Knew this was coming. Press release from Penn State about Joe Paterno's press conference Tuesday:
"Media planning to attend Tuesday's Penn State Football weekly teleconference are advised that that 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."
So Paterno will try to bury his head in the sand once again and hope it all goes away.
He will try to stiff-arm and intimidate the media and hope they stop asking tough questions. But it is our job to ask tough questions, and we will ask them.
I will be on national ESPN Radio at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the PSU scandal. Listen locally on ESPN Radio 1430 in Altoona or 1450 in State College.
The Mirror also has a thorough video (link to the right) with Neil Rudel, Ray Eckenrode and me discussing the scandal and its impact on Joe Paterno. We cover a lot of information in the video, so check it out if you're looking for a one-stop shop of details.
As it pertains to Joe Paterno, this is the most important question: What exactly did Mike McQueary tell him?
McQueary explained graphic details to the grand jury, but JoePa claims that what he was told didn't sound as serious. If indeed McQueary did explain details to Paterno back in 2002, then Paterno is caught in a lie.
Still, even if McQueary didn't describe lurid details to JoePa, it would have been incumbent on the head coach of a major football program to see something like this all the way through.
Paterno passed the buck, plain and simple. Legally, he might be safe. But morally, it appears he failed miserably to make sure that justice was served.
Some of my live tweets from the AG news conference.
PA AG Linda Kelly calls Jerry Sandusky a "sexual predator" during news conference.
AG Linda Kelly encourages unknown young boy who was in shower with Sandusky to contact officials.
AG Linda Kelly: Curley and Schultz prelim arraignment at 2 p.m. today.
PA state police commissioner Frank Noonan now speaking.
Noonan: Talking about 1998 incident at PSU: "Nothing happened, nothing stopped."
Noonan after 2002 incident: "Nothing happened, and nothing stopped." Said he's never seen an incident like that where no one was contacted.
Noonan: "The children are scarred for life."
Kelly said she can't comment on possible charges against others.
Kelly now being asked about JoePa and what he heard from McQueary.
Kelly said she cannot comment on what McQueary told Paterno.
Kelly said Paterno "has been cooperative with investigators in this case. He's not regarded as a target at this point."
Kelly speculates there could be other victirms of Sandusky.
Media doing a good job asking all the pertinent questions, but Kelly has very few answers.
Kelly on why Curley and Schultz singled out and not Paterno and Spanier: Curley and Schultz are responsible for reporting because JoePa reported what he knew to them.
When all is said and done, Mike McQueary's testimony could send Jerry Sandusky to prison for the rest of his life.
If you're McQueary, that's got to be a very, very difficult thing to live with -- even if what you will testify to is the truth.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not defending McQueary. What he saw was horrific, he should report it and it must have been tough all these years.
Kelly said 6 of the 8 kids have been identified.
Kelly was asked great question about Sandusky being at practice in 2007 with a child and whether that adds culpability to McQueary & JoePa.
Kelly didn't have an answer for that question and said it may need to be looked at down the road.
Press release: PCN CALL-IN PROGRAM TO DISCUSS SANDUSKY CHILD SEX CRIMES INVESTIGATION
Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will air a special second live PCN call-in program following the conclusion of this evening's Call-In program about school vouchers at 8:00 p.m. This special LIVE program will discuss the child sex crimes investigation that led to the weekend arrest of former Penn State defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky.
Viewers will be able to share their comments and questions concerning the topic during the LIVE hour-long PCN Call-In program just by dialing toll-free at 1-877-PA6-5001. The confirmed topic and guests are as follows:
Monday, November 7 at 8 PM: PCN call-in program -- Sandusky child sex crimes investigation with featured guests John Baer of the Philadelphia Daily News and William Fetterhoff of Fetterhoff and Zilli.
Former star PSU linebacker LaVar Arrington weighs in on the Sandusky situation in a blog for the Washington Post. You can find the link to the right. Here's an excerpt:
---"I don't know if these accusations are true or not, so I will wait to see what happens in court, but I am shocked and surprised this has even a possibility of being true. My experiences with Coach Sandusky are memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I can honestly say that Coach Sandusky was always fun to be around and genuinely cared about us as people. He always made it a point to help guide us in the direction of being better."---
If you could be at Paterno's press conference tomorrow, what would you ask him? Sign in to comment here or click on the link to my Facebook page at the right to comment.
The Penn State story keeps blowing up all over national media. It's everywhere. Everyone is ripping the school and Joe Paterno for not doing more. The more you read, the more anger and frustration there is.
The fact that this case is so sickening and tawdry, well, it's getting harder and harder to believe Paterno survives this scandal. Whatever he did or didn't do, overwhelming public sentiment is showing that he didn't do enough.
The bottom line is no one at Penn State gets completely off the hook here. NO ONE. Not JoePa, not Graham Spanier, not Tim Curley, not Mike McQueary.
Paterno's press conference tomorrow is going to be fascinating. He hates it when people start talking about anything other than the game. Well, that's not going to work this time for Paterno.
He is going to face the music from some heavy-hitting reporters in the room. JoePa's old "Let's just talk about the game" thing isn't going to work. He has serious questions to answer. It could turn ugly tomorrow.
If JoePa doesn't want to answer the questions, fine. But he is going to be asked repeatedly by many people. Paterno has been able to intimidate the media for years, answering questions he wants to answer and deflecting all others. Not this time.
I'm hearing a lot of people throw McQueary under the bus. I get it to a degree. If he saw what he allegedly saw, why just leave quickly? Many people are saying McQueary should have stepped in and stopped it, maybe even beaten the crap out of Sandusky.
In my view McQueary is the only one who did MOST of what he should have done. Could he have done more? Definitely. But he was a GA. McQueary had just seen a former coach of his in that act, allegedly. He had to be stunned. But at least he told grand jury the truth.
Has Penn State's reputation been permanently tarnished with Sandusky scandal? Will Spanier & Paterno be able to survive this sickening mess? Did Paterno bury head in the sand & try to forget about it after turning it over to other officials? If so, how and why could he do so?
We don't yet know what Paterno knew, when he knew it and exactly what he did with the information. But he should have been more involved. This whole aspect of "he turned it over to his bosses" doesn't cut it when it comes to Paterno. Not if he's the leader he's supposed to be.
Was Joe Paterno just sticking his head in the sand all these years?
If JoePa truly didn't know the severity of the situation until Saturday, as stated in this story, then you have to think that there has been absolutely no leadership at Penn State for the past several years.
I'm a reporter, and I've heard some of these alleged sordid details before, as have many fans. It's hard to believe Paterno didn't know, and if he didn't, how is that possible?