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Updated: TVs in PSU student center create moment of chaos over Freeh report

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The Freeh report released this morning is every bit as damning to Joe Paterno and Penn State’s administration as it was expected to be — if not more so. The fact that Paterno and others were aware of a 1998 investigation of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky related to grooming a child for sexual abuse is just one of the several areas of a mass cover-up.

A press conference from lead investigator Louis Freeh — which you can watch HERE — was about to air on the large TV in the Penn State student center. But then, something happened, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

But, just as an anchor was ready to speak about the report, the television screens suddenly went blank. They then turned to a public access channel featuring a reporter from The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown about the state budget.

Everyone watching suddenly went scrambling to find a way to switch the channel back at the student center, known as the HUB-Robeson Center Facility, or simply, “the Hub.”

Several students went to speak with a student working at the main desk at the student center. But the student said a university employee was in charge of what is broadcast. That person, the student said, was in a meeting and could not be reached.

OnwardState would go on to report that the TV was being changed to PCN, which was set to air the press conference at 10 a.m. ET.

In the end, it appears the situation was much ado about nothing, but for a moment, there was a bit of panic for those wishing to watch.

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34 Responses to “Updated: TVs in PSU student center create moment of chaos over Freeh report”
  1. prince5000 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:20 PM

    Can Penn State sink any lower?

  2. detroit20iron says: Jul 12, 2012 12:21 PM

    Pathetic

  3. papabush88 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    They’re just asking for the Death Penalty now.

  4. blackdonnelly says: Jul 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    Classic, just freakin’ classic. As if the school itself doesn’t look bad enough these days…..

  5. galvezben says: Jul 12, 2012 12:34 PM

    “Nothing to see here kids. Just scurry along to your classes. We love you”
    PATHETIC!

  6. orthomarine says: Jul 12, 2012 12:38 PM

    Scum… pure scum…. Those kids are intellegent and should be allowed to see the facts and make their own conclusions… only problem is that those conclusions will not shine bright on PSU

  7. pricecube says: Jul 12, 2012 12:43 PM

    These are the same old tactics that have worked so well for them up until now. A mea culpa would be too little, too late at this point… but the sooner the University takes ownership of this nightmare the better.

  8. canetic says: Jul 12, 2012 12:44 PM

    How long till they put up a statue of Jerry Sandusky?

  9. stoutfiles says: Jul 12, 2012 12:48 PM

    If a university employee did this, that was really dumb. He/she will have their name hit the web and will likely be fired.

  10. deadeye says: Jul 12, 2012 12:53 PM

    I wonder how many idiotic PSU students will riot when the Paterno statue gets removed. Honestly, PSU could not look any worse than it does right now. Hopefully the brain-numbed students are waking up to what really has been happening all along.

  11. jesse1834 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:54 PM

    It’s what happens when you hire PR reps from the The Church of Scientology and North Korea.

  12. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:02 PM

    And the cover-up continues

  13. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    Paterno took the easy way out by dying. He’d be excoriated by the entire world were he still alive.

  14. grikes says: Jul 12, 2012 1:16 PM

    It really is a poisonous bubble in Happy Valley. If they took as much care protecting 8,9 and 10 year olds as they did their precious undergrads, this may not have happened in the first place.

  15. mogogo1 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    Talk about summing the entire scandal up in a single, tiny event. The Penn State mantra: Ignore, cover up, it’ll all go away.

    Nobody at the university wants to even hear the bad news, let along accept any responsibility. Are they going to have to lay off absolutely everybody and start from scratch?

  16. kdbroom says: Jul 12, 2012 1:27 PM

    PSU should just shut down the football program for a couple of years, regroup, and then start over. I realize they have a new coaching staff, and new university leadership, but that’s not enough to help this dark cloud dissipate. They should just take a time out and let this become old news before starting football again. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but all the moral integrity and goodwill they had built up over the years from doing things “the right way” was all built on misinformation, at least from the mid-90s until now. I see no argument that purposely concealing child molestation, which allowed them to avoid negative publicity and to maintain a competitive advantage (whether or not that was their intention within the Athletic Department, which I personally think it was), enables them to keep the reputation of having done anything “the right way”. Covering this up makes this a football issue. I disagree with Joe Paterno’s assertion that this had nothing to do with football. It had everything to do with football.

  17. wvucolumbus says: Jul 12, 2012 1:30 PM

    I’m quite pleased I decided to stay home and attend West Virginia University as opposed to Penn State.

    Although their students/alumni have absolutely nothing to do with the worst sports-related scandal in history, the entire university is at its lowest point today.

    This story reflects the attitudes/behavior of the PSU administration in the late 90s and early 2000s.

  18. wvucolumbus says: Jul 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    Spanier, Schultz, Curley and especially Joe Paterno (who is the face of the university and had ultimate authority) also decided to “change the channel” for more than a decade.

  19. wschmidt30 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:50 PM

    The original Philly.com report was incomplete. Television was changed an hour before the press conference to a channel that was carrying the press conference. Maybe they changed it too early, but it’s hardly the university censorship conclusion everyone wants to knee-jerk to. http://www.centredaily.com/2012/07/12/3259194/penn-state-students-alumni-at.html

    But don’t let that stop anyone from lumping all students and alumni together as supporters of those who did evil. Then again, supporting the university today as it moves forward obviously equates to support of Paterno, et al.

  20. Nevis says: Jul 12, 2012 2:05 PM

    So, Penn State suddenly treats their TV airwaves like China does their internet? Newsflash PSU — sticking your head in the sand won’t make the problems go away and it only makes you look worse.

    Pathetic.

  21. deadeye says: Jul 12, 2012 2:08 PM

    “But don’t let that stop anyone from lumping all students and alumni together as supporters of those who did evil. Then again, supporting the university today as it moves forward obviously equates to support of Paterno, et al.”

    ========================

    This is moronic BS. For months we’ve been lectured by JoePa worshippers that he did what was legally required, and that instead those in authority “over him” covered up for Sandusky. We’ve been told that Sandusky was the real monster, and that anyone who believed that Paterno was guilty of a coverup was on some kind of witch-hunt.

    Well, we now can finally once and for all say “I TOLD YOU SO!” to all the mindless dumbarses who defended JoePa to the bitter end. And now that we are at that point, we are being told that JoePa worshippers are just trying to move PSU forward.

    Newflash – anyone who supported JoePa during this scandal was supporting someone who did evil! Accept it and move on.

  22. wschmidt30 says: Jul 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    Are you saying Sandusky is not the real monster? For real?

    Newsflash – it was all guessing and hearsay until this morning. No one’s supporting Paterno any longer. Or any of the other guilty leaders you choose to ignore.

  23. tackleberries says: Jul 12, 2012 3:02 PM

    “Newflash – anyone who supported JoePa during this scandal was supporting someone who did evil! Accept it and move on.”

    Except Ashton Kutcher. Dude was just clueless.

  24. dkhhuey says: Jul 12, 2012 3:06 PM

    Obviously Pedophile State University hasn’t learned one f@#$ing thing from all of this! Must protect the brand at all cost!

  25. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 12, 2012 3:15 PM

    Why would any parent want to send their child to Penn State now?

  26. joewilliesshnoz says: Jul 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    I hope someone puts a shower cap on Paterno’s statue , that pedophile protecting scumbag .

  27. deadeye says: Jul 12, 2012 4:08 PM

    “Are you saying Sandusky is not the real monster? For real?

    Newsflash – it was all guessing and hearsay until this morning. No one’s supporting Paterno any longer. Or any of the other guilty leaders you choose to ignore.”

    ========================

    Of course Sandusky is the real monster. And Curley, Schultz, Spanier, and Paterno were all monster enablers.

    And it wasn’t guessing and hearsay prior to today, it was common sense which you apparently didn’t possess.

  28. onbucky96 says: Jul 12, 2012 4:24 PM

    Great. 1st it gets covered up. Now they try to hide the press confernce. Real classy. WE ARE PENN STATE. WE ARE…guttless, cowardly, and without any honor. Man up and let EVERYONE learn the details.

  29. theawesomersfranchise says: Jul 12, 2012 5:07 PM

    Covering up the Cover-up
    The balls these people have at PSU, WOW

    So to recap
    Cover-up to protect the football program

    The Power to actually cover it up comes from the football program and the interests of the program.

    Have the 2 facts above confirmed in a damning report from a federal judge/FBI director.

    Then attempt to hide these facts from their own students in some sort of North Korean style of media control.

    PSU has done everything in their power to save the program and the money it creates, sacrificed children for the program, and today they do this? It’s obvious nothing has been learned.

    Destroy the PSU football program forever. No return, No more TD’s ever again.
    If PSU Football plays another game the scumbags won.

  30. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:25 PM

    What a scumbag university

  31. edlut63 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:55 PM

    If the Big Ten had any guts, it would either suspend PSU indefintely or kick it out completely. But, I will bet that nothing happens at all. Who would make up the immediate financial loss to the conference?

  32. abninf says: Jul 12, 2012 8:17 PM

    That school has issues.

  33. tweeter75 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:44 PM

    Why should anyone be surprised? The tuned out and looked the other way for 14 years!

  34. manchestermiracle says: Jul 13, 2012 12:15 PM

    It appears that “The Penn State Way” is irrevocably ingrained into the entire institution. Perhaps the only way to address the rotten-to-the-core ideology here would be for the state of Pennsylvania to revoke the university’s charter, cancel its accreditation, and transfer every single undergraduate to other schools. Maybe the grounds can be turned into a correctional facility. It certainly already possesses a history of criminality about it.

    Any action the NCAA might choose to take can’t possibly address the perverted mindset that has ruled Pedophile U for decades….

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