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UPDATE: The AP is reporting that the worst university president in the history of the world, Graham Spanier, has cancelled Joe Paterno's planned 12:30 press conference. If you thought the public and media were angry before…well, it's about to get worse.
There were many national media outlets on hand, including ESPN, ABC, CNN (I think), and several Philly stations. If there is one thing you don't want to do in life, it's anger a throng of media.
Here is the official statement handed out to reporters via (@ryan_loy):
Paterno says he's "disappointed."
The PR folks at Penn State continue to juggle this giant ball of chaos like a wet bar of soap.
Today, Joe Paterno will hold his weekly Tuesday press conference. The media has been instructed that he will ONLY talk about football.
Heh. Good luck with that, Joe.
Perhaps the biggest story in school history – an ex-coach raping boys in the football locker room – and the coach is only going to talk football? Every single PR person at Penn State should be fired. Like, yesterday.
We will assume that the media folks will do the right thing. The live stream will be right here at 12:20.
At 2:30, we'll have college football reporter Kevin McGuire and Penn State blogger Andrew Porter on Broad Street Radio to discuss. Should be a swell time, stop on by.
For more on this cockup, CNBC's Darren Rovell blasts the school's handling of the incident.