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Bob Costas Says Jerry Sandusky Interview Was Unplanned (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 7:50AM
Monday night Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky about his alleged inappropriate contact with young boys and the subsequent 40-count criminal indictment he now faces. The interview on NBC news magazine show 'Rock Center' took many by complete surprise, including Costas.

Speaking on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Tuesday, Costas said that he was in a Manhattan TV studio prepping for an interview with Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, when, "no more than ten, fifteen minutes before the cameras were to roll, Amendola says, 'What if I can get Sandusky on the phone?'"

Like many of us who've been scratching our heads over just why Sandusky did the interview, Costas said "I'm thinking, 'I wonder from your standpoint whether that's the smartest thing to do,' but at the same time, 'Sure. If you want to do it, let's get him on the phone,' and that's what happened."

The subsequent telephone interview made for uncomfortable viewing at times and was full of lengthy pauses and meandering thoughts from Sandusky. His assertion that "I shouldn't have showered with those kids" provoked many a "No sh*t, Sherlock!" reaction from viewers, and last night Jon Stewart mocked the veteran football coach for not being able to organize a better defense.

Watch Costas giving his thoughts on the the interview:

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