Penn St. Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno was prepared to talk about the Jerry Sandusky scandal during his Tuesday press conference, son Scott Paterno said. The younger Paterno is a lawyer and helped craft the coach's weekend statement on Sandusky.
The Associated Press reports the decision came from president Graham Spanier's office:
Paterno's son Scott tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the decision was made by President Graham Spanier's office.
Scott Paterno says his father was disappointed and was prepared to take questions about the scandal as well as the upcoming game against Nebraska.
Penn State's strategy thus far has been to let Paterno remain the face of the program and the university. He's no angel in this story by any means, but Spanier, who pledged his "unconditional" support to Tim Curley and Gary Schultz needs to stand by the man who's defined Penn State for decades. For him to cancel Paterno's chance to tell as much of his side of the story as the investigation allows -- thus casting the story as PATERNO DOESN'T WANT TO TALK -- only makes it worse.
If Spanier doesn't want to talk, Paterno should be allowed to talk for him. Should we presume Paterno would've revealed something Spanier personally didn't want revealed? Not sure what else we're supposed to believe here.