While the Jerry Sandusky indictment continues to embroil the Penn State administration, many in the media were looking to Joe Paterno's Tuesday press conference with great anticipation, hoping the head coach would provide answers to the many questions that have come up over the past two days and put Paterno under the most intense scrutiny. On Monday night, however, Penn State issued a press release stating that media planning to attend should be advised that the primary focus of the weekly presser is to answer questions related to Penn State's Senior Day game with Nebraska.
PSU indicated that Paterno will only focus on the Nebraska game and the current season. Many in the national media promptly responded to the release with derisive and sarcastic tweets - such as "good luck with that" and "nice try." Locally, Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror responded to the release:
No surprise. Paterno wants to keep burying his head in the sand and hope this all goes away. So he will try to stiff-arm the media...And hope everyone in the room just lets it go without asking tough questions. But it's our job to ask the questions, and we will ask.
The release only calls further attention to the topic on the media's mind, and the topic they will come prepared to ask Paterno about, whether it's the intended "focus" or not.
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