The Show Must Go On

On a day when Curley is arraigned, Penn State reveals media availability for Joe Paterno and players.

The show must go on for Penn State football. At least it did Monday.

On a day when athletic director Tim Curley was arraigned on perjury charges in Dauphin County and the Jerry Sandusky scandal continued to reverberate throughout the Nittany Nation, the school's athletic communications department sent out notices alerting media outlets to coach and player availabilities.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno will hold his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. It will be the first time he has been available to the media since Sandusky, a former PSU assistant, was charged Friday with sex offenses involving minors.

Curley and Penn State senior vice president Gary Schultz have been charged with perjury, accused of lying to the grand jury investigating the Sandusky case. Curley and Schultz stepped down from their positions Sunday night.


Gary Schultz

Sandusky was arraigned Saturday in Centre County and released on $100,000 unsecured bail. Curley and Schultz surrendered to authorities in Dauphin County on Monday afternoon and were released on $75,000 unsecured bail each. They had to give up their passports, too.

Through their respective attorneys, all three men have maintained they are innocent.

How much of the scandal Paterno will address is unclear. Odds are, he will attempt to steer the conversation toward the No. 12 Nittany Lions' looming showdown Saturday with No. 19 Nebraska at Beaver Stadium, a game that has become something of an afterthought as PSU fans have become caught up in the Sandusky case.

In the meantime, Penn State player availability has been scaled back significantly this week. In a typical game week, as many as 10 players are available via conference calls, and one or two take the podium after Paterno's press conference.

This week, senior offensive tackle Chima Okoli will be available after Paterno speaks. Senior safety Drew Astorino will be available via conference call Wednesday morning.


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