Bob Costas said he will continue to examine the Freeh Report and Joe Paterno as they relate to the Jerry Sandusky Scandal at Penn State.
The national sports broadcaster with celebrity said Monday that “there will be another installment, a further examination of this whole issue in the next month or two, and I will be at the center of that, on NBC.”
Costas would not reveal any details about the upcoming show.
But in his nearly 20-minute interview Monday with St. Louis sportstalk host Kevin Slaten, he did explain his initial take on the Freeh Report. After arriving in London in July to cover the Olympics, he spoke about the report on the Today Show and again on Meet the Press.
He had not yet read the report, only summaries of it.
“I said, ‘As the Freeh Report makes clear, Paterno was, in some sense, complicit’” to Sandusky’s abuse of young boys. “I didn’t say he part of a cover-up. I wish I would have said, ‘As the Freeh Report asserts,’ rather than, ‘As the Freeh Report makes clear.’
“That’s the only thing I would change.”
Though he thought Penn State should shut down its football program for a year or two while straightening out what happened in the case, he thinks the current NCAA sanctions are even more harsh — and unwarranted.
Recently, Costas has spoken to how he believes there are reasons to question at least some of the findings in the Freeh Report.
“There is a narrative that people think has been tidied up by the Freeh Report, that it becomes, ‘cased closed.’ Even if certain aspects of that narrative are true or plausible, there are legitimate questions that can be raised,” Costas said.
“What the Freeh Report amounts to is the indictment of the people involved,” and while some, such as former athletic director Tim Curley, will receive a court date, Paterno never will.
So, Costas said he believes it was justified for the Paterno family to hire experts, including former governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, to come to their own findings in regard to the report.
“I don’t think Dick Thornburgh was a hired gun,” Costas said. “Some of the (report) is an open question, and I’m willing to pursue this question.”
Meanwhile, “People tend to lose interest in a story,” he said. “Even if tomorrow there was conclusive evidence largely exonerating Paterno, it may not be possible to balance the scales as the media works because they have moved on, for the most part.
“I feel I have some responsibility to follow the story.”