Late Night: Letterman says Penn State should have ended season early

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On Tuesday night’s ‘Late Show,’ sports-radio star Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo stopped by for a chat with David Letterman. The main subject of their conversation was, of course, the ongoing abuse scandal at Penn State.

Russo voiced skepticism about Mike McQueary, the graduate assistant who first reported former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged crimes. ‘If you saw your former coach assaulting a 10-year-old, are you going to be involved in his charity golf tournament five months later?’ he wondered.

For his part, Letterman was disappointed by head Coach Joe Paterno, who until the scandal broke, ran one of the most well-regarded college football programs in the country. ‘Like everybody else, [I’m a] longtime Joe Paterno fan. We graduate players, we make them go to class, we make sure that their families are taken care of. On and on and on. We’re on the side of the players,’ he said.

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Given Paterno’s track record, Letterman was let down by Paterno’s decision to see the season through to its completion. ‘I wanted to see them forfeit the rest of the season. That’s what I wanted to see,’ he said.

Russo insisted that the football team makes too much money for the university, which only provoked Letterman’s ire: ‘I don’t care. Once, it would be great to see somebody say there are more important things than college football.’

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