Tom Corbett, ESPN, (sex, lies, and phone calls)

Remember this when the next election is held!

“The only thing I said is that they have to remember the children. People may have different memories, but I remember exactly what I said,” Corbett said. But in the report, one unidentified trustee told ESPN “That is a bald-faced lie.” The report further challenges the governor’s assertion with statements from Bob Capretto, a former Nittany Lion who told ESPN he asked the governor whose idea it was to fire Paterno and president Graham Spanier. “And the governor said, ‘I told them to do it,’” Capretto told ESPN. “He was proud of it.” Trustees have said they fired Paterno and Spanier for a lack of moral leadership in response to allegations of sexual abuse of boys by former football coach Jerry Sandusky. Trustees Vice Chairman Keith Masser said he hadn’t read the article, so he couldn’t comment on the specifics. But he disagreed with the idea that Corbett was behind the decision to terminate Paterno. “That’s not at all how I recall it,” Masser said. He said Corbett asked some questions and made comments about what to consider. “The governor didn’t influence the decision of the board,” he said. A university spokesman referred to the board’s previous statement that the decision was made by the board collectively between Nov. 5 and 9. Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley also criticized the article. “ESPN’s report from the grassy knoll merely adds another chapter to the growing list of conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandusky case,” Harley said. “It is a disappointment to read something so long, filled with so many errors, that offers so little by way of new or even real fact.” Harley did not elaborate any further. While the lengthy article revisited the broader events reported that week, it brought to light new pieces of information. One is the certified letter sent to Paterno a week after he was terminated from his coaching position. The letter, acquired by ESPN, tells Paterno “Pursuant to your termination on November 11, 2011, we are asking you to make the following arrangements.” Those arrangements include returning Penn State property like office keys, a parking permit, a Penn State ID card, a cell phone and office equipment he used to work from home. “A few weeks later, a university employee arrived at Paterno’s home and carted away a 25-year-old beige telephone and a dilapidated fax machine,” the article said. Trustees have said Paterno was removed as coach, not terminated from the university. A spokesman for the university who requested his name not be used said the letter was generated by the personnel office and may have been issued by mistake–REALLY?? is all I can say.

This article compliments of centre daily times.



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