Penn State students and alumni gathered early this morning around their student center’s televisions, eagerly awaiting CNN to announce the Freeh Report findings, when suddenly the televisions went blank and changed channels, reported The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Students and alumni hoping to gain insight into the university’s notorious Jerry Sandusky sex-scandal instead were left to watch "The Morning Call" on a public access channel.
Viewers allegedly scrambled to find access to the report, asking a student at the main desk to change the TVs' channels back. However, the student responded that a university employee in charge of the televisions was busy in a meeting.
Media reports stated that freshman student Mary Krupa, 18, asked, "Is this some kind of conspiracy?"
According to one Penn State student’s tweet, the "channel was turned back on for the press conference," which took place at 10 a.m.
Another individual at the student center this morning wrote a conflicting report of the events that transpired in an article published on Onward State. The individual defended the incident and expelled the notion that the channel was changed as part of a "conspiracy."
His article states that he asked a helpdesk clerk to change the channel to PCN at 10 a.m. in order to watch Louis Freeh's press conference. The channel was changed to PCN, however, an hour earlier than the press conference. The author suggests the channel was changed because of his request.
The Freeh report, compiled by Judge Louis Freeh and his law firm, was released at 9 a.m. this morning. The internal investigation into the university’s knowledge of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes will likely prove critical in the trials of ex-president Graham Spanier, retired vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, who is currently on leave.
Perhaps most damaging will be the report’s effect on deceased head coach Joe Paterno’s legacy, which is under scrutiny.