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The guy on the left is a conservative talk show host named John Ziegler. The guy on the right is Steelers legend Franco Harris. Both men think Joe Paterno was unjustly treated by the NCAA. Ziegler, once fired from a sportscasting job for an O.J. Simpson joke, is from Pennsylvania and ended up in the Harris box at Saturday’s Ohio U. game.
For some reason both men were photographed with this Paterno cutout.
Harris has been unapologetic about his beliefs that Paterno was railroaded and the NCAA attacked a program with sanctions while JoePa rests in a grave. It just seemed natural Saturday would be a good day to bring the protest cutout.
Harris, the Penn State legend, told Pittsbugh media in July:
“After I read the Freeh Report, I feel even more strongly about Joe and about his non-involvement in any type of cover-up. There was no cover-up,” he told Oxenreiter. “No way would Joe ever cover up anything like this. No way would Joe protect Sandusky or protect the football program.”
How Ziegler got into the box and who owns the Paterno cutout is still in dispute.
We do know Harris spent the day with Sue Paterno watching the Bill O’Brien era start with a loss to a MAC institution.
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