Originally Posted by Alan C. Lawhon
Buzz Bissinger appearing momentarily on MSNBC's "Hardball" with Michael Smerconish to discuss latest revelations regarding Paterno and Penn State.
Be sure to catch Michael Smerconish's "Let me Finish" commentary at the end of today's broadcast. He starts off his commentary by mentioning that Louis Freeh is taking a very close look into the circumstances surrounding Mike McQueary's hiring and promotion as the wide receivers coach over Kenny Jackson, a more qualified former PSU All American who was available at the time. Smerconish flat out states that McQueary got the job because he had something on his resume that Jackson didn't ... knowledge of Jerry Sandusky and what went on in the Lasch building shower. If that is an accurate reading of the situation, one might infer that Mike McQueary, in effect, blackmailed Joe Paterno. McQueary probably didn't have to say anything blunt to the old man, but the unstated threat was clear: "Coach, you hire me and I stay quiet about Sandusky." So Mike McQueary chooses to remain silent (knowing that young boys are being raped by Sandusky) in exchange for a coaching job that he probably would not have gotten otherwise.
Louis Freeh's report is going to make for some really interesting reading. I have a feeling Penn State's Board of Trustees will use Freeh's report as a justification for cleaning house in the football program. Every coach and assistant coach still on staff who was hired by and worked for Joe Paterno will be fired.