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The questions -- that -- -- program but take his job with very mixed emotions due to the situation.
I've been asked by the university by the board of trustees.
I -- Ericsson to.
Handle this and I told him I would do it last night.
And I will proceed in the manner that the Penn State expects as I know with the players last night and today I told -- the expectations -- -- The expectation -- we're not gonna waver from that.
And -- that's where we are right now we players come over last evening to the last building.
We talked about certain things we went over certain certain ways.
We pursued this morning to have a staff meeting and then as a team in 8 o'clock.
I had no reservations about taking this -- Com when and how did you learn that you would become the interim coach.
I was actually doubt in my office watching film last night.
Like they do every Wednesday night in the phone rang and -- is -- Erickson calling on the phone about.
Most -- eagle -- quarter ten.
And the asked if I would take that I was in -- football coach and I accepted.
Then I proceeded to make sure got a hold of the team captains and other people.
So that we can get started immediately on the process.
Ron your your your brother told me earlier today that it.
He faces huge challenge case that you were really sad about the whole -- -- unfolded.
And now you face a tough three game stretch this season he says it's almost unparalleled well I first -- I did talk to my brother later last night tonight -- first off -- -- for the the victims agree for the families.
I'm deeply saddened by that -- -- great emotion and I say that.
And -- you know in the football part we will get work -- on that right away right now.
I think you should know where our team is toward this -- wish you and his toward those children.
Stored their families and -- thoughts and our prayers are with them.
-- They called coach Paterno last night around 11 o'clock.
The -- I think that's personal nature.
-- Tom will Michael -- be coaching in Saturday's game and if so will he be on the sideline or in the press box.
My guess right now -- crew will be coaching on Saturday.
That'll be a game time decision where he is.
Tom given how long you've been here.
Did you feel it was appropriate that -- informative.
His termination via phone call.
So -- -- -- them I'm not actually had alerted to how coach was alerted to that tilts this morning narrative it was by phone call.
Even does appropriate.
-- not for me to say -- the board of trustees made a decision that's their decision.
Here in the right.
I understand that you had testified before the grand jury that was investigating the sandusky affair.
And I was wondering if you could explain.
What you came to know about that 2002 incidents.
Or any of the other incidents.
Regarding coach sandusky.
Well due to the ongoing investigation -- not -- say anything about that matter.
-- -- You've been in a defense of code to turn the defense and how involved -- you be.
With the offense and what will be the process in determining starting quarterback and how you use a quarterback.
First off when I talk to the team today I think they know me pretty well I am who I am a marketing change I'm not gonna pretend I'm somebody else.
And when the time comes -- we sit down as a staff which we will.
We'll make that decision who's starting quarterback will be.
Right now life I've made some decisions based with our staff.
Not quite sure exactly so want to make sure I clarify this but right now.
I'm Larry Johnson and Ron mandolin we co coordinators on defense.
I'm not sure for -- -- get dead in full swing for Saturday's game because obviously we have not practiced that way.
With in regarding signals and calls and how that all works out that.
The we're gonna head natural reaction.
And analyze Robinson.
-- -- defense -- GA he will be.
Be a full time coach starting today.
In the back.
Some people have speculated that.
The whole corporate staff should -- you being part of the current staff obviously you've just in term right now how do you feel if that was the case to replace and a permanent stance that's.
That's a decision is up to the board of trustees and then Penn State.
It's not it's not my decision I've been asked to do -- job and I'm gonna do their job.
If that would happen.
What are your thoughts on -- how would you feel about that if you were let go just because you're a member of the current staff now because -- Once again -- her decision I'm fine.
-- About time you worked with Jerry sandusky a long time could -- characterize your relationship and how shocked were -- community allegations once again do it seeing the allegations and -- and a comment on that.
Terry was a defensive coordinator when I was here and I worked underneath them.
-- -- For public is watching nationally is it reasonable for them to assume that 45 coaches with more than twenty years of experience on the staff.
And Mike -- and Joseph Paterno were the only ones aware.
But Jerry sandusky alleged per versions once again I think answered that question DT ongoing investigation.
I'm not gonna talk about it.
In -- back.
Coach as far as a reputation standpoint what does this team -- to rebuild that trust in the community off the football field here in your -- First of all I think we've got to understand it.
This team has put a lot of hard work in this is senior day for them the care they deserve to have this day.
And my job is to facilitate that that happens.
And I think the reputation depends stable go about it.
In the proper manner and restore the foundation and the principles of the Pennsylvania state university.
Tom Tom writer -- On -- in light of the -- your thoughts about the riots last night in the wake of the decision about Joseph Paterno.
And do you worry about the safety and atmosphere with the players and fans the stadium on Saturday given everything it's taken well I understand understood there was some activity last night and no I do not worry about is the safety of our players on Saturday.
-- meet with the players last night how are they handling such a monumental change at this point in the season.
Well obviously -- did lot of -- and shock they've had mixed emotions.
When I called up and then spoke to the captains is a whole bunch of guys come over -- the last building last night and out into my office we discussed.
Mark -- -- -- Begin given any indication the team will be playing after Saturday.
What -- mean plan after cinema shall there be football games after Saturday.
Hopefully so this that the administration.
Coach you guys have a lot left to play -- can you talk about getting this team you know back together considering what they've been through in trying to march forward report.
Could potentially still be in front of it we have -- we have great leadership on -- football team okay once again when I spoke to them this morning.
It's there team okay.
They're not here for me I'm here to help them be as good as they can possibly be.
And that's his direction we're going.
I don't think there's any problem they will they will be focused my job is to make sure they stay focus policy they've had a tremendous amount of distractions over the past week -- Okay they will they will come to play on Saturday.
Tom given the intense national scrutiny for -- -- why do you think it's appropriate for him to coach in this game and continue to be a face for this university that's a decision it's up to.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- In the back.
Any consideration given to dismissing Michael -- were you part of any conversations whatsoever.
About potentially relieving him of his duties with the football team have slowly not.
It -- I know you've waited a long time to be head coach you could imagine under the circumstances.
Who do you sum up your feelings.
Well we're -- -- a very unprecedented.
Situation we find ourselves in and you know I just -- guys find a way to restore the confidence in -- to start healing process.
With everybody in -- try to go about it it's as I said earlier it's it's very mixed emotion and a heavy heart -- The that this is occurred to them going through this.
-- Tom you said that.
You -- if that this team can finish the rest of the season but it's up to the administration are you saying there's a chance the administration could cancel I have an ice really that has never come up yet so that's why I am -- much -- -- that.
Stay here in the right.
Coach -- I understand your reluctance to maybe go in this direction but I just would like to ask you in the interest of transparency and and getting everything off to us fresh and -- start as possible.
Could you comment on.
What you did know about the -- allegations and and what steps you may have taken.
To report them.
And wire why -- you did report them if you know and I've answered this question these forward due to the ongoing investigation a look at a comment on that matter.
Tom what what do what do you think to steady your team hopefully with all is all this craziness this week.
-- -- -- -- -- I think -- they'll be ready to play Saturday at lengthy team meeting after I got done today and ending -- they talked it out.
There's a this afternoon there's a letter arriving from the former Penn State football Letterman wrote a letter to these guys.
Complaints and the importance.
Of what Penn State means.
And I think you'll be ready to play.
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In light coach in light of what happened with student conduct last night what message would you have for students.
Anticipating before during and after the game Saturday.
Well I think the message is clear -- let's show them what Penn State's really all about.
Okay it's not about some of those activities.
Would show class we should dignity.
In the show were really all about.
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