From the Centre Daily Times:
Jay Paterno, 45, will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election this spring, he wrote on his campaign website, http://www.votejaypaterno.com, which launched Thursday.
Bill O’Brien was quoted a couple weeks ago insulting the “Paterno People,” saying he didn’t give a “$*%@*” about them. This morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show, he says he regrets the language. (But leaves open the possibility that he still doesn’t give a “$*%@” about them!)
“I apologize to anybody that took that conversation obviously the wrong way. I regret that conversation, but again, Penn State’s a special place and they’re going to be in great shape in the coming years.”
He also said the “Paterno People” are not the reason he left Penn State. Which was probably a reasonable thing to emphasize.
Penn State said they’d act swiftly to replace Bill O’Brien. That process could be wrapped up today if their top (apparent) top choice, James Franklin, accepts.
Now that Bill O’Brien is officially going to the NFL to coach the Houston Texans, Patriot-News writer David Jones has published some incendiary remarks O’Brien made to him last month. Speaking about the small, extremely vocal group of Paterno loyalists (you may know them as Truthers) that believe everything from the JFK assassination to Area 51 is a conspiracy to tarnish the good name of JoePa, O’Brien said this:
This week, in recently unsealed grand jury testimony from 2012, Penn State’s former counsel Cynthia Baldwin is quoted calling ex-president Graham Spanier a liar, regarding what he knew about previous investigations into Jerry Sandusky.
Defending Jerry Sandusky was a risky career move for lawyer Joe Amendola. And the bad karma–or bad resume–that followed has now been manifested in this news.
As Buzz Bissinger went from adoring Lance Armstrong to abhoring him, it seems he has now reversed his opinion on Penn State, which he blasted during the Sandusky scandal. He spoke last night at Penn State-Berks at student-organized address. It’s hard to know exactly what he said, because the only writeup of the event I could find is scant on details. But here’s what we know.
When “Victim Number 9″ took the stand against Jerry Sandusky in 2012, a prosecutor asked him to identify his assailant, he pointed at him without looking. When the prosecutor asked him to look at him, he said, “I don’t want to look at him.” Victim Number 9, now 18, is suing Sandusky and Penn State.
Today marks two years since retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on suspicion of child molesting, and it’s been a mostly ugly two years since then. In the days following, Coach Joe Paterno was fired, then students on campus responded with a riot. Paterno died months later; and after the Freeh Report came out, many of his wins were erased from the record book, and a campus memorial to him taken down. NCAA sanctions were imposed, but have since been eased. A lot of hurt feelings remain behind.