Stamps' Huf won't comment on Penn State scandal
By TODD SAELHOF, QMI Agency
|Coach John Hufnagel rubs his eyes during a Calgary Stampeders football practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)
John Hufnagel admitted he’s been “following” the controversy at Penn State University, although the Calgary Stampeders head coach remains hesitant to comment on the scandal that has rocked his alma mater.
Hufnagel was the starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions for three campaigns from 1970-72, earning an All-American nod in his senior season under the tutelage of legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
Paterno, the all-time wins leader in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision, was removed from his coaching duties Wednesday night, the latest fallout in a child sex abuse case that centres around former Penn State defensive co-ordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Hufnagel has declined to comment on the scandal throughout the week and maintained that stance after Thursday’s practice at McMahon Stadium.
“It’s not the proper time to really talk about a very unfortunate and sad situation,” Hufnagel said.
Paterno, who has been Penn State’s head coach for the past 46 years, is not facing charges in the case but has been criticized for not reporting an alleged incident involving Sandusky in 2002 to police.
On Wednesday morning, hours before losing his job, Paterno issued a statement saying “This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”