Book publisher Simon & Schuster was set to launch a book tour around a new biography written by Joe Posnanski on legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. But after the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and looming punishment that is expected to be heavy-handed on the part of the NCAA, the publishing giant decided to put the tour on ice:
"They're holding off on the tour," Andy Kahan, the director of author events for the Free Library, said on Friday, adding that the publisher, Simon & Schuster, had said Mr. Posnanski's work obligations prevented his appearance.
The cancellation of the tour is just a cap on what has already been a number of changes for the Paterno book:
Simon & Schuster moved up the release date of the Paterno book from Father's Day 2013 to August 2012. The title was changed from "The Grand Experiment: The Life and Meaning of Joe Paterno," to the more neutral "Paterno." A report released on July 12 by Louis J. Freeh, a former director of the F.B.I., revealed that Mr. Paterno, who had failed to report accusations of child sexual abuse by his longtime assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, to the police, renegotiated his contract in 2011 as the scandal was playing out, winning himself and his family more money and perks.