Bob Costas tries to put Penn State story into perspective and comments on Cardinals’ hire

NBC’s Bob Costas joined the show to talk about several issues, including the Penn State scandal.

Costas tried to put some of the bigger issues with Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky story into perspective. Costas said that it’s brought child abuse into the national conversation, as well as the topic of college football getting too much attention.

“As horrific as this is, Penn State was not typical of a football factory,” Costas said. “Or a football culture seemingly out of control. In fact, in many ways, although it was tremendously successful and had an ardent following it was the opposite of the football factories and the seeming win-at-all costs atmosphere that prevailed in other places. That’s what gives this story an additional aspect of tragedy and makes it so fascinating is the juxtaposition of what had prevailed for four decades – nearly half a century – under Joe Paterno and this.”

On an unrelated note, Costas thinks that the Cardinals hired Mike Matheny in part because they didn’t think they need to pick someone specifically for Albert Pujols. Costas said he thinks this means they can sign Pujols without doing that.

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