The much discussed Joe Paterno press conference scheduled for 12:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon has been cancelled by Penn State president Graham Spanier. Paterno was reportedly disappointed that his weekly press conference would not be held.
In the build-up to the highly anticipated press conference, it was reported that Paterno would not answer questions about the Jerry Sandusky case and would only discuss football matters. Paterno, caught up in the Sandusky mess due to his involvement with a 2002 incident cited in the Grand Jury indictment of Sandusky, has been the subject of a great deal of criticism for his actions. A large number of fans, students and media alike have called for his resignation.
Many members of the press were expected to ignore the university's request that they not ask questions about Sandusky and the scandal. More likely than not, the anticipated onslaught of non-football questions is what caused Penn State to call off the press conference.