Mike Francesa And Kim Jones Discuss The Latest From Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WFAN) — WFAN’s Kim Jones, Penn State alum and former Nittany Lions Football reporter joined Mike Francesa on Wednesday’s show from State College, Pennsylvania to discuss the latest developments on Joe Paterno, Penn State President Graham Spanier, the Penn State board and wide receivers coach Mike McQueary.

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Jones spoke about these topics Wednesday.  “About 8:00 this morning, I heard definitively as you can hear that Graham Spainer is out as President of Penn State.  Graham Spanier simply did not have enough trustees on his side to survive this.  There is still a potential that he faces criminal charges.  There are people here at Penn State who believe he will face charges in this investigation.”

She continued, “My sense is that at this point, the Paterno camp was not going to say the board essentially, ‘Okay, we’ve got first dibs.  We dare you to contradict us.’  All along I heard consistently things that led me to believe the events today could play out as they did.”

The findings have besmirched the reputation of a proud university as Jones explained.  “I’ve talked to some prominent former players who were thinking about coming up here for the game.  Some are struggling whether they’ll be on the sideline.  If they’re on that sideline, I believe it’s going to be perceived as a show of support.”

Mike Francesa began his Wednesday afternoon show by delivering a stinging criticism of embattled Penn State head coach Joe Paterno.  Francesa went to task on Paterno for protecting himself in light of the sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Paterno delivered the following statement done independently of the university: “I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case.  I grieve for the children and their families and I pray for their comfort and relief.  I have come to work everyday for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind, to serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care.  I have the same goal today.”

He continued: “That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of the season.  At this moment the board of trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status.  There are far more important matters to address.  I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can.  This is tragedy.  It is one of the great sorrows of my life.  With the benefit of hindsight I wish I had done more.  My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination.  I will spent the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this university.”

Francesa took exception to Paterno’s statement.  “Obviously he was in a position of authority.  He needed to do a lot more.  The problem with this is that this is Joe taking care of Joe.  This is Joe saying to the trustees, ‘Don’t spend a minute on me.  In other words don’t fire me, don’t boot me out today, let me finish my season and go out my way.’  What about the little guys you didn’t take care of the last 15 years by looking the other way.”

Mike continued to hammer Paterno and his culpable actions.  “Joe’s actions can’t stand.  If Joe can clear himself, if he’s going to tell us in some wild unbelievable fashion that Sandusky is innocent, then please do.  If he’s going to tell us that he can vindicate us and make us believe he knew nothing about this on his campus where he knows everything that happens and happened for the last 50 years – please do.”

Francesa condemned the university if they stand by Paterno and McQueary.  “It amazes me to be honest with you, that any of these people involved still have a job.  It would amaze me 100 times more if Joe Paterno and McQueary are allowed to lead the team onto the field on Saturday.  I don’t even see how that’s humanly possible.  What message is Penn State sending if that’s the case?  If there is shred of decency in that school, he doesn’t coach Saturday.”

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  • dcc

    I can wait unti Mike gets served with a slander lawsuit about Penn State. Mike do you really think Joe is the most powerful person in PA? You’re insane if you think Joe is more powerful than Corbett. Do some reading of the facts before you mouth off, you sound more ignorant every day. I can wait until the full story comes out and you learn exactly what Paterno did, get ready to eat your words.

  • joe

    Cougar = a woman who prefers to date younger men

    A man that prefers to rape little boys = a Nittany Lion

  • Michael Patrissy

    If the grand jury had this investigation, why did they not prosecute Sandusky. As far as I know Joe Paterno can not arrest anyone nor can he cause anyone to be arrested. This is a witch hunt and sports radio thinks that they are the judge and jury. Mike Fancesa and the rest of the babbling sports talking heads should be ashamed for their arrogance and their rating mongering harrangues

    • C R

      Hey, Sandusky has been indicted on over 40 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child.. His court date has been pushed back, for unknown reasons and to an unspecified date and time.

      So, this isn’t some crusade against Joe Paterno. Sandusky will get his, but right now, the FACE of Penn State, Joe Paterno, is getting reprimanded due to the cover-up being exposed.

    • Kenny

      Arrogance from the sports people and not Joe Pa?
      What would be your take on this if the 10 year old was your son or nephew?
      It is preposterous that the university has not fired both Paternoster and Spanier by now. If this had happened elsewhere, they would have been long gone.

  • Courtney Fitzhume

    I find it difficult to believe that any thinking person would have any interest what so ever in what Mike Francesa has to say about anything. Francesa is a babbling idiot.

  • Ray Donofrio

    Joe Pa, knew these shameful acts were happening, knew an investigation was in progress, and all he cares about is football. He almost as guilty as Sandusky. He should retired a long time ago. Shame om JoePa

  • TU

    McQueary carries the majority of blame here. He was the first line of defense to help those kids and he failed. Obviously, he was not disgusted by what he saw. He works there! He did not go to the authorities….he went to his Dad and Joe Paterno?? Please! If I witnessed something like that at my place of work or my University…first call would be to 911, no question. Mike needs to see those kids faces every day for he rest of his life. He failed.

  • disgusted in MW

    Mary McQoward (i.e. Mike McQueary) SHOULD be forced to coach on Saturday – let him feel a stadium’s wrath on behalf of the kid who he tripped over his dress running away from rather than helping stop the rape. Hopefully there’s enough people in STate College that recognize this is bigger than the Nittany Lions…

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