Romano will be discussing the following topics:
a. Facing investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the likelihood of civil lawsuits, Coach Joe Paterno has hired Washington D.C. criminal defense lawyer, J. Sedgwick Sollars, to represent him. Sollers, who once represented President George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra affair, was hired to represent Peterno in any civil or criminal matter involving his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky currently faces 40 counts of sexual abuse involving at least eight boys.
b. Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will miss today’s game against Nebraska after the school said he received “multiple threats” against McQueary. McQueary previously testified in a grand jury investigation that eventually led to child sex-abuse charges being filed against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
c. The Penn State University board of trustees announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the school’s handling of the child sex abuse scandal. Board member Ken Frazier has been selected to head up the committee, tasked with looking into how school officials responded to the allegations levied at former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. “[The board] has made it clear that sexual abuse — in particular, child abuse — is completely unacceptable in any setting,” Frazier said, “We will do everything in our power to assure that we give … the best indication that we’ve looked at everything.” Interim Penn State President Rodney Erickson, addressing the first public meeting of the 32-member board since the scandal broke, said he is “heart aches” for the victims and predicted “it will take all of us some time to come to grips with the full magnitude of all the damage that has been done. Healing cannot occur until we understand how responsibilities to these children failed, and how we can prevent such tragedies in the future.”
d. Additionally, Penn State’s top recruit, a standout high school offensive lineman from Colorado , will not attend Penn State. Joey O’Connor, a 6-foot-5, 297-pound senior, stated that he had de-committed so he could focus on the rest of his high school season with Windsor High. “It’s been a real struggle, just getting all this thrown in my face just before the playoffs,” he said. “The only time I can get away from it is at football practice. I only forget about it when I step on that field.”