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Bob Costas On Jerry Sandusky Interview: 'Very Strange' (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 11/15/11 09:44 AM ET Updated: 11/15/11 10:26 AM ET

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Bob Costas appeared on Tuesday's "Morning Joe" to discuss his riveting interview with Jerry Sandusky, the alleged Penn State child rapist.

Costas interviewed Sandusky on Monday's "Rock Center." He drew widespread praise for his tough questioning of Sandusky.

He told Willie Geist that the opportunity for the interview had arisen at the last minute. He was scheduled to interview Sandusky's lawyer when, with just minutes before cameras were set to roll, the lawyer asked if he wanted to talk to the man himself.

"I'm thinking, 'I wonder from your standpoint whether that's the smartest thing to do, but at the same time, sure,'" Costas said. "...We pivoted and made it an interview with Sandusky."

Costas was restrained in his analysis of Sandusky's somewhat astonishing answers to his questions. Among other things, Sandusky's rambling answer about whether he was sexually attracted to young boys was shocking to watch. Costas only said that it was a "somewhat odd" response to a simple question.

He also said that former coach Joe Paterno's inaction surrounding Sandusky could not be "explained satisfactorily."

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Following a three-year investigation, the former Penn State player and assistant coach was indicted on Nov. 4 on 40 counts of sexual crimes against male minors that occurred over the span of more than a decade -- the first alleged recorded incident of abuse dates back to 1994, and Sandusky was first investigated in 1998.. The allegations have rocked Penn State's storied athletic program to its core, raising questions of who in the program knew what -- and how much -- when.

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