“Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer and Buzz Bissinger, author of “Friday Night Lights” and “Father’s Day,” react to a report that clarifies the extent to which some Penn State leaders, including former head football coach Joe Paterno, were complicit in covering up for former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of sexually abusing minors over a period of 15 years.
Spitzer asks Bissinger what role “football culture” played in the tragedy. “I felt the Board of Trustees had a great opportunity today — instead of saying, ‘We take accountability,’ they get up and say, ‘We are banning football for a year. We have to take the first step in reducing the insidious effect of the football culture at Penn State.’ Instead, it was the same old runaround.”
Bissinger later calls for more extensive punishment: “No football for five years. I think the NCAA has that moral responsibility.”