Penn Live reports on the new sculpture designed to revive school spirit at Penn State:
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Penn State University earned more than $2.7 million in fees and royalties in 2011 through a deal helping Bank of America peddle high-interest credit cards to its alumni and students. That put the university at the very top of the list of the colleges and universities in partnership with the credit industry, according to information that’s now available publicly following government overhauls meant to — among other things — make it harder for credit card companies to target college students.”
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:
The Patriot-News reports that court is getting under way for former Penn State officials accused of covering Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of young boys. “Lawyers for former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former senior vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley will make their best case as to whythe second half of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse probe was so legally flawed that the cover-up charges against them should not proceed. … Spanier, Curley and Schultz are accused of failing to report an alleged 2001 assault to authorities and then, years later as the Sandusky probe intensified, attempting to cover up what they knew about that case and how they responded to it.”
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.