Kim Jones Joins Mike Francesa After Paterno’s Firing
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WFAN) — WFAN’s Kim Jones chatted with Mike Francesa on Thursday’s show following the dismissals of legendary ex-Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and former university president Graham Spanier.
Jones described the unusual scene at Thursday’s press conference.
“It was the most bizarre press conference I’ve ever been a part of. It didn’t appear that anyone was there to lead it because no one spoke until the chairman of the board of trustees finally did after the cameras were situated. There was no microphone to ask a question,” Jones explained.
According to Jones, the Paterno camp believed before the announcement it was possible that Joe Paterno could possibly escape with his job intact. Obviously, that wasn’t the case as Penn State University ended their 61-year relationship with Paterno on Thursday.
“The feeling in that Paterno camp was he was on more solid ground than Graham Spanier. Obviously he wasn’t on solid ground at all. I can tell you for certain the Paterno camp misread the board of trustees’ meeting two nights ago,” Jones mentioned.
Francesa demanded that Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary to be removed from his position and believe that eventually the board will make the right decision by firing McQueary.
“He should be out of the program. He should not be there tomorrow. It’s not even a question. Guys who have been longtime assistants, I’d like to ask them some questions just to know, ‘Did any of you have your eyes open around here with Sandusky. Is anybody paying attention to what’s going on around in this school?’ This has taken on such a life but listen, they (the board) did do what had to be done. By the time they give it another day’s thought, I’m sure McQueary will go away too,” Francesa stated.
Jones, a Penn State alum was shocked by the chaotic scenes on her former campus where students turned their rage upon university property and news trucks.
“There were thousands of students but on a campus that big of say – 40,000 students, it was a small percentage for sure. It clearly got out of hand with the tear gas and the flipping over of a satellite truck. That’s the kind of stuff that really saddens me and really makes me wonder about the mindset of these students,” Jones described.
She described the fall from grace of a proud and prestigious university. According to Jones, no one in power took responsibility for what was going on and looked out for their own best interests.
“The power struggles strikes me as so self-centered. No one thought about the victims. We’re well-aware of that but when you talk about Penn State, there was really no one thinking of the good of the university. It was all individual entities acting in their own best interests,” Jones stated.
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