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Joe Paterno Supporters to Mark Second Anniversary of his Dismissal: Harris, Ziegler to Make Case At Town Hall Meeting

by on November 09, 2013 11:35 AM

Some of Joe Paterno's most vocal supporters are gathering, once again, to express their dissatisfaction with the way Penn State's board of trustees removed the legendary football coach from his job.

Saturday is the two year anniversary of the night former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and former Penn State President Graham Spanier were forced out in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.

Franco Harris will be presenting a town hall meeting "Upon Further Review" Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Days Inn in State College.

March for Truth organizer Eileen Morgan, documentary film maker John Ziegler and Smeal College of Business graduate Ray Blehar will be giving presentations on the extensive research they have done related to the Sandusky scandal.

Morgan says while there have been presentations like this one before, this one will focus on the very beginning of the Sandusky scandal.

"It's largely because of the irresponsibility on part of Board of Trustees," Morgans, a 1990 Penn State graduate in aerospace engineering, says. "The stewardship of the school very much failed the university."

Morgan says that while it is a given the group's supporters will come to the event, it is open to the general public as well. She hopes students will also turn out.

After the presentations, there will be a question and answer session.

Blehar will be giving a presentation on what he believes to be new evidence in the case.

While he wouldn't go into specifics, he did say the information is bound to surprise some people.

"I've written rebuttals of the Freeh Reort, but there is nobody out there turning over all the rocks," Blehar says.

Blehar says some of the evidence he will present shows that members of the board should be forced to resign. He says above all, what really needs to be changed is the child protection system.

"The NCAA sanctions are the least of my concerns," Blehar says.

Ziegler's presentation will focus on the media coverage of the Sandusky scandal through the past two years.

"[I'll be] breaking down the truth as its known now as opposed to what was reported when the story broke," Ziegler says. "There is a wide range of what the media got wrong back in 2011."

Ziegler does not have any ties to Penn State, but says he is a media expert and got involved with the issues surrounding the Sandusky scandal when he saw the media "blow" the story.

In the end, Ziegler would like to see both Penn State and the NCAA make a series of apologies, but doesn't think they will. He does not believe Paterno or Spanier are culpable in the case, and that Penn State and Paterno were railroaded in the wake of the scandal.

"We want to get some people who are open minded to see what the truth is," Ziegler says. "I'm disappointed that [Penn State] students decided to move on and forget about this."

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Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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