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STATE COLLEGE -- Penn State administrators on Tuesday canceled Joe Paterno's weekly news conference, in which he was expected to field questions about a sex-abuse scandal involving former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky.
"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," assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.
Paterno's son Scott told The Associated Press that the decision was made by President Graham Spanier's office.
Scott said that his father was disappointed and was prepared to take questions about the scandal as well as the upcoming game against Nebraska.
The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.
Authorities have said that Paterno, who testified in the grand jury proceedings that led to the charges, is not a target of the investigation. But the state police commissioner has chastised him and other school officials for not doing enough to try to stop the suspected abuse.
A person familiar with Sandusky's relationship with Penn State told The Associated Press that the former coach long maintained an office in the East Area Locker building which is across the street from the Penn State football team's building, and was on campus as recently as week ago working out.
The university's online director listed Sandusky, whom PSU officials said banned from campus over the weekend - as an assistant professor emeritus of physical education in the Lasch building.
The grand jury investigating Sandusky found that he was given the office, a parking pass and other amenities as part of his 1999 retirement package.
Meanwhile, another potential victim has contacted authorities.
The man, now an adult, contacted the department on Sunday after seeing media accounts of Sandusky's arrest, Lt. David Young at the Montoursville station said. Investigators took a statement from him and forwarded it to the Rockview station for officers there to pursue, Young said.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, which first reported that the man had come forward, said he is in his 20s, knew Sandusky from The Second Mile charity and had never told his parents or authorities about the alleged encounters from about a decade ago.
Young declined to release the man's name or provide details about what he claims occurred.
The Patriot-News published a rare full, front-page editorial calling for this season to be Paterno's last.
"There are the obligations we all have to uphold the law. There are then the obligations we all have to do what is right," the editorial board wrote about Penn State President Graham Spanier's role in the sex abuse scandal, along with Paterno's.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, in an editorial, called on Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier to both resign, too.
Pennsylvania state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Monday in Harrisburg that Paterno fulfilled his legal requirement when he relayed to university administrators that a graduate assistant had seen Sandusky attacking a young boy in the team's locker room shower in 2002. But the commissioner also questioned whether Paterno had a moral responsibility to do more.
"Somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child," Noonan said.
"I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not whether you're a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility to call us."
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Just got back from lunch listening to ESPN Radio and this deal is REALLY bad....he and a lot of the people in the athletic department need to go NOW not next week or at the end of the season....this goes back to 2002 and the guy was allowed to bring kids to practice after everyone knew about it....
I have to agree. If in fact he knew it (which apparently he did as he reported it to the AD) he should of been gone years ago. I can't believe anyone could see or hear about such a thing and do nothing...
One of the few times I can say I am shocked - not so much that it happened as sad as I am to think that but shocked that people knew it and did nothing.... WOW...
I keep listening to this stuff on ESPN thinking I'll hear something that might help me understand this... But explanation or no... THERE IS NO ESCUSE or EXPLANATION good enough to let his go... I agree they ALL NEED TO GO NOW!!!!
YA KNOW... ANOTHER THOUGHT HERE... They are saying NCAA rules have no "jurisdiction" over this but I'm sorry I think that is wrong !!!! This is a major scandal involving college sports. IF the NCAA can't do anything then the rules should be changed as well. Maybe I just don't understand the logic in them not being able to do anything but am I wrong to feel this way? I mean they can negate wins and suspend players for fights, DWI's, etc. and your telling me that they can do nothing to the staff or program when a coach sexually abusing a player and everyone apparently knew it?
They are saying legally Joe did all that he had to do. Even if that is true, he morally could have and should have done more. I agree........it is time for the bunch of them to get out. I never though in a million years something like this would happen at Penn State. I have always hated PSU (I am a Pitt fan), but I have always respected them and JoePa. Not any more.
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I run a tennis academy in the chicago area, so I work with kids, and the fact this happened makes me sick to my stomach. In 1998 this was first report to the university police. Police earsdrop conversation with victim 6 mom and Sandusky he admits to showering with the boys. That it was wrong, and he wouldn't do it again. This is presented to the DA, and they decided that there is no criminal charges. Yes that is right no criminal charges. So after all that Sandusky is still allowed to run this camp for kids? What the fuck am I missing? Wouldn't someone say "hey this guy is showering with underage boys maybe he shouldn't run this camp" If that doesn't make things worse in 2000 a janitor sees Sandusky performing oral sex on a boy, the janitor tells the supervisors and they don't report it. Then another janitor sees Sandusky and the same boy, nothing happens. Then the grad assistent walks into the shower and sees Sandusky RAPING a boy, runs and calls his dad? What the fuck? Why not stop it? Your this big guy who just got done playing football and you run away from it, why not stop it? Then they tell Joe Pa, the next day. Joe Pa reports it to the AD, the next day. Yes that is right the next day. No calling the cops, no confronting Sandusky, but he waits till the next day to tell the AD. All this makes me sick to my stomach. If you haven't read it, read the grand jury report. It's shocking