Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jerry Sandusky still woven into Nittany fabric a week before arrest

image The Patriot-News reports that indicted child molester and former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was as tightly woven into the fabric of the Nittany Lions football program as ever, even days before he was arrested on charges of child sexual assault.

So well connected was the alleged monster that he pal’ed around in former president Grant Spanier’s luxury box during the last home game before being cuffed and hauled away.

From the Patriot News story:

A week before his arrest on charges of child sex abuse, sources say Jerry Sandusky watched Joe Paterno notch his 409th victory from the president’s box at Beaver Stadium, sources said Wednesday.

A source close to the Penn State board of trustees told The Patriot-News that Sandusky was seen in the president’s box that day and later went to the Nitttany Lion Club.

Earlier Wednesday, former Nittany Lions linebacker Brandon Short said he had been told by two independent sources, whom he did not identify, that Sandusky was in the president’s box for the Penn State-Illinois game on Oct. 29.

That he had this type of access should be shocking, but nothing about this case is shocking anymore. Despite ample evidence that everyone from Grant Spanier to the graduate assistants knew (or should have known) about Sandusky’s horrifying dark side, he was still chumming it up and celebrating with Penn State high muckity-mucks.

What in the world could the others watching from that box have been thinking? Were they just blocking everything out? Were they whispering among themselves about what they obviously knew was coming? Why didn’t someone like Spanier, or athletic director Tim Curley, or vice president Gary Schultz, or anyone, just call the retired defensive coordinator and tell him not to bother showing up?

Moreover, this highlights the bigger question: Why, given the knowledge they had (or should have had), why wasn’t this man stopped years ago? Had anyone stood up and decided to do the right thing, Sandusky would likely already be serving his sentence in a state penitentiary, Spanier, Curley and Schultz would still have jobs, and Joe Paterno would still be the head coach.

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