Joe Paterno Could Hold Off-Campus Press Conference

Penn State University president Graham Spanier canceled Penn St. Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno's Tuesday press conference due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Son Scott Paterno had made it clear his father did not cancel the presser and was prepared to speak about Sandusky.

A Twitter account which appears to belong to Paterno -- the account tweeted Paterno's statement at the minute it went live Sunday evening -- is claiming Paterno will hold his own, off-campus press conference to address the scandal:

David La TorreDavid_LaTorre  @ScottPaterno if you are handling his media -- and if Joe wants to address these accusations -- hold your own presser off campus. #PSU1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply

in reply to ↑

Scott Paterno@ScottPaterno @David_LaTorre working on it.9 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhoneFavorite Retweet Reply

Craig Gummercgummer via @DufresneLATimes: Dear @scottpaternoDad does not need to adhere to Spanier's edict. 60 yrs on campus = hold your own conf.@ESPN_colin27 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

in reply to ↑

Scott Paterno@ScottPaterno @cgummer @dufresnelatimes@espn_colin working on it.13 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhoneFavorite Retweet Reply

No heroes can emerge from this story, but if anybody has the power to do the right thing at this point, it's Paterno. Spanier has shown he's interested in protecting his administrators, but Paterno can do anything he wants. Such a press conference could be Paterno's one chance to salvage a piece of his legacy.

We'll see.

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Follow along here for updates on the Jerry Sandusky case.

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