Mitchell Reports | November 11, 2011
>>> the nittany lions are taking the field for their last home game season tomorrow against nebraska. but without more than head coach joe paterno . they will be missing mike mcqueary . the school says mcqueary who first reported jerry sandusky to joe paterno in 2002 has received multiple threats and will not be at tomorrow's game. today the university's board of trustees in an open meeting appointed a special committee to investigate the scandal. bob neal is the host of talking football on the comcast sports network . thank you for joining us. let's talk about the big picture here what this means to college football and what i want says about the more broadly about our society that if this took place as it is alleged by the grand jury 's indictment what it says about the secrecy, the silence, the closed circle of the athletic community in college sports ?
>> andrea, it's my pleasure to join you to discuss this topic. i've noticed this since the early '80s when i first began broadcasting for turner broadcasting and some for nbc, national college football games and virtually in every conference and many of the top teams. one of the first things i noticed going back to the early '80s and it precedes even that is the closed culture of college football . it is a culture to where what happens here stays here. you hear it from coaches all the time. we will handle this discipline internally. when that involves something like missing a class or showing up late for practice that's one thing. you get into criminal elements such as players being involved in fights or drug abuse that raises the bar. never has there ever been anything quite as heinous as this and these acusations against jerry sandusky . this closed culture leads to these things happening. there needs be a hard look by universities all across america about the closed culture and the power of these all powerful football coaches at institutions. that was the environment from which such a heinous crime emerged.
>> when you raise questions, mike mcqueary did the right thing on one level. he has a career path as did sandusky who was the heir apparent. everyone involved in this case had something to gain by being quiet. and not going to police, which is the law in pennsylvania. and i want raises so many questions. now, there were additional potential victims. there's a wider circle anesthesia investigated. and we now know texas authorities are raising questions about sandusky 's travel with young people to the alamo bowl back in 1999 .
>> that was the alamo, that was victim number four said he went there with sandusky . that's in the hands of criminal prosecutors now. i think, i sense a shift in this by the way, a shift in the focus at penn state , first of all, away from joe paterno and poor old joe getting fired to the victims. there's a vigil tonight. there will be a vigil by the foundation to abolish child abuse at penn state tomorrow night and i also see that the university board of trustees met and they have named kenneth fraser as the chairman of this committee to investigate and they also brought in the head man, the secretary of the state education department to look into this. i think that this is shifting now towards investigation and towards the victims.
>> bob neal , thank you so much. thank for entrepreneur sights.