In Wake of PSU Scandal, Corbett Takes National Stage
Corbett discussed the many ways in which he has been involved in the investigation, from the time he took up the case as Attorney General, to his tenure as Governor, to his duties as a member of PSU’s board of trustees.
Here’s what the national news audience heard from the Governor on Sunday:
Corbett had a one-on-one with Gregory, who asked about the possibility of more victims coming forward and if people like assistant football coach Mike McQueary who did not report accounts of sexual abuse to the police, should or should not be charge with a crime. Corbett explained that according to Pennsylvania laws regarding the reporting of sexual abuse, Paterno did exactly what he was legally required to do: report it to the institution. He broke no laws, but Gregory and Corbett wondered aloud if he fulfilled his moral obligations; Corbett expressed that he believed the law should be changed and predicted a bi-partisan effort in that direction in the near future.
The internal functioning of Second Mile, the charitable organization managed by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, was also discussed. Gregory questioned Corbett about the trustworthiness of the lawyer for Second Mile, who used to be a lawyer for Penn State and was aware of some of the earlier charges, as well as about the board of the charity. Corbett stressed that this is an ongoing investigation and implied that more information will come to light in due time. The interview concluded with a discussion about a possible “culture of indifference” at PSU or the lack of communication. Corbett mentioned his first attendance at the meeting of the board of trustees on Friday to better understand how things work there, stating that people should wait until the result of the investigation to issue any opinions.
“Certainly, he was under a great deal of pressure, a shock that he’d just been told that he was no longer the coach of Penn State,” Corbett said. “And I think your question was one that you have to deliver to him.”
The Govenor has had his share of positive print media as well. The New York Times ran a favorable profile about Corbett and his involvement in the investigation and how privately, he worked to move the board to fire Paterno and PSU President Graham Spanier.
It was a subject explored also by The Morning Call, which took a second look at interactions between Corbett and Spanier earlier in his term.