Back in the 80s when I went to college, Penn State was known as high school with ash trays. Then came all the smoking bans. After that, it was just bigger high school.
Something tells me Penn State is going to find themselves longing for the days when being the thirteenth grade – community college with a football program – was the worst part of their reputation.
Tossing bottles of piss at visiting team players and band members? Mascot arrested for DUI? All of that pales in comparison to the accusation that a football coach molested young boys in the locker room showers with full knowledge of others in the organization, who covered it up.
According to a grand-jury report, a Penn State graduate assistant claimed that on the night of March 1, 2002, he entered the football locker room and was surprised to hear the showers running and sexual sounds coming from that area. The young coach said he witnessed [Defensive Coordinator Jerry] Sandusky sodomizing a boy he estimated to be 10 years old, that both the well-known former coach and the boy saw him, and that he raced to his office and called his father, who advised him to leave the building.
The graduate assistant went to [Head coach Joe] Paterno’s home the next day to explain what he had seen. A day later, Paterno called athletic director Tim Curley to his home to relay the message.
More than a week passed before Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State’s senior vice president for finance and business, called upon the graduate assistant for his direct version of events.
Curley and Schultz never reported the accusation to authorities, even though the grand-jury report indicated that Schultz testified he was aware of a 1998 investigation into shower incidents involving Sandusky and children in the football building. Sandusky retired in 1999, after 21 consecutive years as a Paterno assistant.
Curley and Schultz face charges of perjury to a grand jury and failure to report suspicion of child molestation.
Penn State’s president, Graham Spanier, expressed support for Curley and Schultz. The prosecutor didn’t. Neither Curley nor Schultz, after their lengthy delay in calling upon the graduate assistant, told university police about the allegation. They face perjury charges for claiming that the graduate assistant never informed them that sexual activity was involved.
Curley did ban Sandusky from bringing children on campus again, however, and Spanier approved the ban. The university president also never informed any police authorities, but was not charged.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I never realized Penn State was a Catholic university.