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Morning Java: Why Freeh’s irrelevant to Paterno

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column takes up the always pleasant topic of Penn State football and Joe Paterno, which really should be two separate issues at this point but — for all kinds of unsavory reasons — still isn’t.

Here is the Deadspin article referenced in the column.

And here is the full transcript of the Paterno interview unearthed by

Now, I’ll hear from the relentless defenders about the Freeh Report. They love to poke holes in Freeh, to ask you if you’ve read every syllable, to ask you to debate this one weirdo in California on the topic. (Seriously.)

I have read Freeh. But Freeh is irrelevant as it relates to Paterno.

The most damning strikes against Paterno are his own acknowledgements that he was informed of a sexual encounter — Paterno himself uses the term, as does ex-police head Gary Schultz — and did nothing more than go to his superiors a day later.

That’s in cold, hard testimony from Paterno himself. Has nothing to do with Freeh.

But they’ll pound Freeh out of willful misdirection.

Deadspin’s fine writer Dom Cosentino did an excellent breakdown of this recently.

Anyway, let’s hear it: How do you feel about reducing sanctions under certain circumstances?


>> The Pirates and Jeff Locke and the beleaguered bottom half of the lineup salvaged one from the series with the Reds. Rob Biertempfel reports from Cincinnati.

Next up, as long as everyone’s already seeing red, is a visit to D.C. I’ll join the coverage down there on Wednesday for columns off the third and fourth games of the series.

Oh, and if you missed Joe Starkey’s column yesterday on the ‘angel’ who found Clint Hurdle, this is a second chance. Well worth it.

>> We talked Pirates, Steelers and more last night on WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word.’

>> The final piece from the Penguins’ development camp regards the difficulty of younger players in learning Dan Bylsma’s system. It’s by Josh Yohe. Highly recommended.

>> This is the week things get real in Latrobe. Alan Robinson breaks down camp.

>> Pay to play? Opinions vary at the big ACC fest. Jerry DiPaola reports from Charlotte.

>> The Riverhounds pull out a critical W over Wilmington over at Highmark. Chris Adamski reports.

Here are the goal highlights …

>> I’ll visit the TribLIVE Radio studios this morning at 11:30. Hope you can tune in!

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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