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Press Box: Excerpts of Sandusky interview to air on "Today"

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Excerpts from an interview with convicted child sex offender Jerry Sandusky as well as taped Sandusky phone conversations are scheduled to air on NBC's "Today" show on Monday.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that John Zielger, who is working on a documentary titled "Framing Paterno," will be on the show to discuss information drawn from an in-person visit, multiple recorded telephone calls and numerous letters.

Meanwhile, portions of the interview conducted with Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, will also be shown.

"He'll describe in his own words what he says happened on the Penn State campus," Matt Lauer said, according to the Washington Post.

Sandusky will also say what he thinks of whistleblower Mike McQueary and late head coach Joe Paterno, according to the Patriot-News.


--- Bill Battle received approval from the Alabama Board of Trustees to become the Crimson Tide's new athletic director, the university announced.

Battle, 71, played under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and served as Tennessee's head coach from 1970 to 1976. He replaces Mal Moore, who retired Wednesday due to health concerns at age 73.


---Freshman star Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA actually is a year older than the 19 that he is listed as in the Bruins' basketball media guide, it was reported in the Los Angeles Times.

The media guide has Muhammad being born in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 1993.

However, a copy of Shabazz Nagee Muhammad's birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shows that he was born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital on the same date one year earlier, making him 20.

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