Remember that strange report that Lisa Salters gave during the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State — when she was noticably miffed that Nittany Lions coach/invalid Joe Paterno stiffed her on a pre-game interview? Go back and read it (at this link)
Everyone involved said to wait it out and see if anything would happen. There are ABC contracts vilolated there. Penn State could be fined as much as $10,000 for acting the fool. People had to pay for their mistakes, right? You can’t let some cranky old coach skirt the rules when there’s tons of money at stake to be made by other people here.
The Associated Press reported today that Rose Bowl officials — at last — say Penn State violated two media access agreements at this year’s game.
Bowl officials, who met in Pasadena this week, said in a statement that the first violation occurred whenPaterno failed to give a pre-game interview to ABC broadcasters.
The second violation was for failing to open the locker room to media after the game. Penn State doesn’t open its locker room after games at Beaver Stadium. But that’s not how the Rose Bowl rolls.
Bowl officials said “appropriate responsive actions” were approved, but did not release details. Penn State officials deferred comment to bowl officials. A bowl spokeswoman said Thursday that all sides consider the issue closed.
As closed as the Nittany Lions’ locker room doors, apparently.