An interview with Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced former Penn State coach, will air on the Today Show on Monday. Sandusky is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence, convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse. His actions, and the coverup that resulted, rocked Penn State to its foundations and tarnished both the school and its legendary head coach, the late Joe Paterno.
“He’ll describe in his own words what he says happened on the Penn State campus,” Matt Lauer said of the interview.
Sandusky, 69, is expected to tell his side of the entire story, and will also speak of both Paterno and Mike McQueary, who initially aired concerns about Sandusky's actions.
The interview is actually a collection of phone conversations, letters and face-to-face discussions between Sandusky and filmmaker John Ziegler. Ziegler is in the midst of a project entitled "Framing Paterno," devoted to the way that the media distorted and misrepresented Paterno's role in the Sandusky scandal. There is no on-camera interview because recording devices are not permitted in state prison, but phone interviews may be recorded.
Sandusky did not speak in his own defense at trial, and his most recent public words on the subject of accusations against him were in the course of a disastrous interview with Bob Costas of NBC in late 2011.
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