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Paterno gives first interview on Sandusky scandal

Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:48 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 5:50 pm

Posted by Chip Patterson

Joe Paterno has begun to tell his side of the story. Sally Jenkins, of The Washington Post, did an exclusive interview with Paterno - his first official comments regarding the fallout at Penn State since his firing on Nov. 9. The story will be published in Sunday's edition of the paper, and was made available online on Saturday.

In the story Paterno gives his account of the events surrounding the alleged rape of a young boy by Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State facilities in 2002. The details of what Mike McQueary told the Penn State head coach, and the steps that were or weren't taken by Penn State officials.

From the piece in Sunday's Washington Post:

Paterno contends that ignorance was the context with which he heard McQueary’s disturbing story in 2002. McQueary, sitting at Paterno’s kitchen table, told him that he had been at the football building late the evening before when he heard noises coming from the shower. “He was very upset and I said why, and he was very reluctant to get into it,” Paterno said. “He told me what he saw, and I said, what? He said it, well, looked like inappropriate, or fondling, I’m not quite sure exactly how he put it. I said you did what you had to do. It’s my job now to figure out what we want to do. So I sat around. It was a Saturday. Waited till Sunday because I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. And then I called my superiors and I said, ‘Hey, we got a problem, I think. Would you guys look into it?’ Cause I didn’t know, you know. We never had, until that point, 58 years I think, I had never had to deal with something like that. And I didn’t feel adequate.”

At that point, Paterno set up a meeting for McQueary and Curley, the athletic director, and Schultz, who oversaw university police. McQueary has testified that he gave both men a far more graphic description of what he witnessed, which he believed to be Sandusky sodomizing a boy of about 10, who had his hands against the shower wall. At the preliminary hearing for Curley and Schultz on Dec. 16, McQueary said he had been reluctant to go into similar “great detail about sexual acts” with Paterno, out of respect for the coach, who was 78 at the time.

Schultz and Curley have maintained that McQueary failed to impart the seriousness of what he saw to them as well. They never told police about the allegation, instead informing Sandusky he could no longer bring children to university facilities. Prosecutors say Sandusky continued to abuse boys for six more years.

Paterno has said, “In hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

Most of the story lines up with Paterno's grand jury testimony, but there was some interesting insight into Jerry Sandusky's exit. Paterno explains in the interview that he was growing frustrated with Sandusky's involvement with Second Mile, the charity he used to help identify potential victims.

“He came to see me and we talked a little about his career,” Paterno said in the story. “I said, you know, Jerry, you want to be head coach, you can’t do as much as you’re doing with the other operation. I said this job takes so much detail, and for you to think you can go off and get involved in fundraising and a lot of things like that. . . . I said you can’t do both, that’s basically what I told him.”

The interview with Sally Jenkins was conducted on Jan. 12-13, you can read the full story here.

Follow Jim Rodenbush's Nittany Lions RapidReports for more on developments from State College, Pa.

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Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:44 pm

Paterno: 'In hindsight, I wish I had done more'

DownandDistance, mandated reporting laws in PA are the reason why Joe and McQueary went to their supervisors.  It the ONLY thing, by law, they could do.  Now, the laws need changed but that's the reason Joe wanted Schultz in the meeting--he oversaw the police.

Also, it can't go beyond "scool authorities.  Only University Police had jurisdiction.  State College Police could not investigate and the State police would have referred whomever (should have been Curley, Schultz and Spanier) to the University Police. 

Legality sucks but you have to deal with facts. 

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:43 pm

Paterno: 'In hindsight, I wish I had done more'

Whoever wrote the headlines for this article deserves to be fired.  It sickens me that you could read that interview and the only thing you can come up with is Joe Pa Reflects: "Wish I could have done more."  Joe could have criticized the BOT and the University are a whole for how the handle this whole situation but he continues to show his devotion to Penn State.  I'm not even sure what the point is of him talking because of @$&holes like this writing articles like this one.  It is obvious Joe loves his school as much as life itself.  Maybe you should reread the interview and see if you can't find anything else that sums up the article.  The media is unbelievable.

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:31 pm

Paterno: 'In hindsight, I wish I had done more'

If you can't see that Paterno is simply the second grown adult to pass the buck then you are clueless.  Both he and McQueary should have passed this on to the authorities and not simply told some school officials.  If it was murder I would hope that the police would have been notified.  It wasn't but it was a criminal matter that went beyond school authorities and for whatever reason (protecting PSU image and JP's legacy would be my guess) nobody at PSU did what they should have by going to the authorities.  Nobody.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:06 pm

Paterno: 'In hindsight, I wish I had done more'

JoPa you did all you could,it was McQueery who should have done more.As the horrible ACT WAS HAPPENNING!!!! A grown adult passed the buck and this is what we are all left with.

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