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Report: McQueary gave another account of ‘Victim 2’ incident

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A central figure in the allegations of sexual abuse against children against longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is Nittany Lions assistant coach Mike McQueary.

First, here’s what we know from the Grand Jury summary involving eight alleged victims of Sandusky:

McQueary, a 28-year-old graduate assistant at the time, was witness to an alleged incident of sexual abuse by Sandusky to “Victim 2” in March, 2002. The report states that McQueary heard “rhythmic, slapping sounds. He believed those sounds to be of sexual activity.” The report also states that McQueary witnessed the alleged sexual abuse between Sandusky and Victim 2, and that both saw McQueary. McQueary then “left immediately, distraught.”

The Grand Jury summary goes on to say that McQueary told his father about the incident, and that his father told him to report what he had seen to then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno. McQueary did so the following day, and the conversation between McQueary and Paterno remains a point of interest (Paterno states McQueary did not give explicit or graphic detail of the alleged incident).

As does McQueary’s ever-changing story.

According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, there was another person who sat in on the conversation between McQueary and his father — Dr. Jonathan Dranov, a family friend and colleague of McQueary’s father. A source with knowledge of Dranov’s testimony before the grand jury said that first account of the incident by McQueary in his father’s home went as follows:

McQueary heard “sex sounds” and the shower running, and a young boy stuck his head around the corner of the shower stall, peering at McQueary as an adult arm reached around his waist and pulled him back out of view.

Seconds later, Sandusky left the shower in a towel.

In the time since the Grand Jury summary was released, McQueary has given a different explanation of what allegedly happened that evening. NBC News’ Peter Alexander obtained a copy of an email last month sent by McQueary to former teammates that stated he “didn’t just turn and run… I made sure it stopped.”

A day later, the Allentown Morning Call obtained yet another email from McQueary to a former classmate that stated “I did stop it, not physically … but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room. I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police …. no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds … trust me.”

The Grand Jury summary, however, states “The graduate assistant [McQueary] was never questioned by University Police and no other entity conducted an investigation until he testified in Grand Jury in December, 2010.”

statement to police by McQueary dated from 2010 obtained by the Patriot-News, claims McQueary saw Victim 2 with his hands against the shower wall while being subjected to sexual abuse by Sandusky. That statement, not the aforementioned emails, lines up with the Grand Jury summary, although it should be noted that summary is not a verbatim account of McQueary’s testimony.

Now, there’s yet another account of what happened by McQueary when the alleged incident was fresh in his mind.

The Patriot-News breaks it down:

  • His grand jury testimony says he heard slapping noises and saw a boy being sodomized by Sandusky.
  • His hand-written statement to police says, “I did not see insertion. I am certain that sexual acts/the young boy being sodomized was occurring.” He says the whole incident lasted about a minute.
  • In an email he sent to friends following the firing of Joe Paterno, he says “I made sure it stopped,” something not mentioned in the grand jury testimony or police statement.
  • And now Dranov’s testimony describes a new scenario.

About two months after the incident McQueary describes in March 2002, Dranov and McQueary’s father, John, both physicians, had an unrelated meeting scheduled at Penn State with Gary Schultz, Dranov told the grand jury, according to the source.

Curious about how the story ended, Dranov inquired about what ever happened to Sandusky.

According to a source with knowledge of his testimony, Schultz told him then-university President Graham Spanier had met with Sandusky.

That’s something that isn’t mentioned in the grand jury presentment.

McQueary has been placed on administrative leave in the weeks following the scandal. McQueary was not on the sidelines for PSU’s final home game of the season against Nebraska after the school cited “multiple threats” against the assistant coach.

McQueary is just part of a line of individuals who are connected to the Sandusky scandal. In addition to the alleged crimes committed by Sandusky, McQueary, Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, PSU VP for Business and Finance Gary Schultz and president Graham Spanier have all received heavy criticism — some have lost their jobs — for their apparent inaction in the wake of child-sex allegations that span over a decade.

In an interview with Bob Costas on Rock Center, Sandusky admitted showering with Victim 2, but that no sexual activity took place.

We were showering and horsing around and he [the boy] actually turned all the showers on and was actually sliding across the floor and we were, as I recall, possibly like snapping a towel,” Sandusky said.

Sandusky also stated in an interview with the New York Times that he was never contacted by then-head coach Joe Paterno about the alleged incident. Paterno was fired just days after the scandal broke.

However, Sandusky was arrested last week on nine new sex abuse charges, bringing his count total to over 50, after two more alleged victims came forward. Sandusky posted $250,000 bail the following day.

Reportedly transferring from Vols, Ray Raulerson confirms he’s ‘exploring options’

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Thursday, reports surfaced that two Tennessee offensive linemen would be leaving the Volunteers football program and possibly transferring to the FCS level.  Friday, one of those two confirmed he’s looking into it.

Speaking to The Knoxville News Sentinel, Ray Raulerson acknowledged that he’s “exploring options right now,” although he stopped short of confirming a transfer.  However, the redshirt sophomore center talked of his time in Knoxville in the past tense, an indication that he is prepared to move on.

“I’m exploring options right now,” Raulerson told the News Sentinel. “…I really loved it at Tennessee, but I’m going to go to a place where I have a better chance to play.”

Raulerson was a three-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class.  After redshirting as a true freshman, he played in five games in 2015.

It has yet to be confirmed that the other lineman, fifth-year senior tackle Dontavius Blair, is indeed transferring.  Raulerson, though, told the newspaper that his teammate is leaving as well.

Clemson tables proposal that would’ve had students paying for some football tickets

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Students at Clemson can rest easy; your football fix will still be free of charge this year.

In 2015, tickets for the student sections in both the lower bowl and upper bowl of Memorial Stadium came at no cost to those enrolled in classes at the university.  In April, however, athletic director Dan Radakovich proposed levying what was described as a “$225 student donation” for those wishing to sit in the lower bowl on season tickets, while the upper bowl seats would remain free.

Late this past week, tigernet.com reported, Radakovich’s proposal was tabled as the university will “continue to have good conversations with student leaders about the entire ticketing process.”

So, for the 2016 football season, tickets in both bowls will come at no cost to students.  As was the case last year, all of those tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

It wasn’t all good news financially for Clemson students — or their parents — as The State news paper writes that “[t]he university’s board of trustees voted almost unanimously via teleconference Thursday to raise tuition rates for the 2016-17 year for in-state and out-of-state students.”

Separation of UCLA coach Jim Mora, wife of 30-plus years announced in a statement

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Unfortunately, the private life of a major college football coach has once again become laid bare for public consumption.

In a statement released Friday, the agent for UCLA head coach Jim Mora, Jimmy Sexton, released a statement confirming that his client and his wife, Shannon, have decided to separate.  The couple have been married for more than 30 years, and have four children — one daughter and three sons.

“After much thought and careful consideration, Jim and Shannon Mora have decided to separate,” the statement from Sexton began. “This was a very difficult decision and they appreciate the respect for their family’s privacy at this time.”

The 54-year-old Mora will be entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Bruins.  Earlier this month, UCLA announced that Mora, 37-16 in his first four seasons with the Bruins, had reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with the university.

There was no specific word on whether any type of raise was involved in the new agreement, which keeps Mora signed through the 2021 season.

Entire Penn State staff on receiving end of new two-year contracts

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Earlier this year, James Franklin saw a pair of key assistant coaches leave his Penn State staff for other jobs.  Fast-forward a few months, and the head coach’s athletic department is looking to provide the program a little more staff stability.

Speaking to area reporters earlier this week, Franklin revealed that every member of his nine-man coaching staff received new two-year contracts this offseason.  Not only that, but other members of the football staff received new deals as well.

“Our entire staff just this summer got (two)-year contracts,” Franklin said Thursday according to the Times Leader. “All of the assistants, their first contracts just ran out. And they all just signed multiple-year, guaranteed contracts. All the strength coaches did. All the administrators. Everybody.”

Arguably the best part, though, at least from Franklin’s point of view?  The new deals also addressed the buyout aspect of contracts, presumably making it harder for a Nittany Lion assistant to jump ship without some type of significant financial penalty.

“That’s really good from a stability standpoint. It’s helpful,” said the coach o the contracts, adding, “and what we did is, it’s both ways. They have the stability and protections, but we have buyouts as well.”

In January, Franklin watched as defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and offensive line coach Herb Hand leave for jobs at Tennessee and Auburn, respectively. And it’s not like the assistants left for promotions; rather, each of the moves involved was, at least in title, lateral ones.

The pay involved in those moves, however, is another matter entirely, something that, along with the buyouts, was likely addressed in the new deals. The financial particulars, though, have yet to be released, although that’s expected at some point in the next month or two.