Jim Williams: Paterno ire rises locally

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Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who was hired by Penn State to investigate the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, revealed Thursday that the school's top officials had systematically covered up the abuse, thereby allowing it to continue.

The 267-page document made it clear that late football coach Joe Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz all were involved in the 14-year cover-up.

It didn't take long for fans to voice their disgust on local sports radio stations.

Callers to 106.7 the Fan told hosts Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier of "The Holden and Danny Show" they wanted Paterno's statue on campus taken down.

Over at ESPN 980, more than 80 percent of the callers to Kevin Sheehan of "The Sports Fix" were disgusted with the way Penn State covered up the entire Sandusky situation.

"The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes" on 106.7 the Fan provided a different perspective; the topic hit home for Arrington, a former Penn State star. He was quick to say that the Freeh report should open the door for further investigations. Arrington was disappointed in Paterno's failure to report Sandusky's actions, but he pointed out that everyone from the AD to the president of the university also was culpable.

Arrington had Bobby Bowden on the show, and the former Florida State coach said he was shocked by the report. Bowden said he still had great respect for Paterno and called it a sad day.

It was hard not to feel sorry for ESPN analyst and former Redskins linebacker Matt Millen, who played at Penn State. It seemed like the network had him on every show. He was clearly devastated by the news.

"I'm not a big legacy guy per se. I'm a big character guy," Millen said. "Joe exhibited great character for years. This again is antithetical to anything he talked about or espoused. That's tough to take. But that's [the Freeh report's] finding, and they backed it up with evidence.SDRq

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!, on washingtonexaminer.com.

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