Joe Knows Football
Former Graduate Assistant under Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky, Matt Paknis, says this on his blog:
Could there have possibly been an extensive preliminary report about allegations concerning Sandusky without Paterno knowing about it:
“Impossible, impossible. Joe knows everything, Joe knows everything – everything that goes on at that campus, everything that goes on clearly in the football program. They actually called him….because I had some friends that were in graduate school when Joe was there, they might have been GAs, one of the guys I coached with early in my life Dave Pagneti, he said they called Joe ‘The Rat’, and that’s been confirmed by other guys that have played there because he would go to Rip Engle and say ‘that guy drank a beer, that guy missed a class, he would never address the guys directly. So that was always his M.O. He would always have the leverage, but he would never address the guys, he would go to Rip and use that leverage.”
Mark Madden, PA radio host says everyone knew –
Sandusky a State secret
[snip] . . . Allegations of improper conduct with an underage male first surfaced in 1998, while Sandusky was still employed by Penn State. That incident allegedly occurred in a shower at Penn State’s on-campus football facility. No charges were filed.
Sandusky retired the next year, in 1999. He was 55, prime age for a coach. Odd, to say the least – especially with Joe Paterno thought even then to be ready to quit and Sandusky a likely, openly-discussed successor.
It seems logical to ask: What did Paterno know, and when did he know it? What did Penn State’s administration know, and when did they know it? . . . (more)
Madden writes more recently:
Happy Valley will get even lower
“The Penn State child sex abuse scandal will get much worse before it gets even a little better. The ultimate target of the investigation is The Second Mile, not Penn State…”