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Evidence continues to gather indicating Sandusky cover-up

Gary Schultz, Tim Curley AP

Late last month, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts related to child-sex abuse following the scandal that broke last November. While the decision marked the beginning of the healing process for Sandusky’s victims and all those involved, suffice to say Penn State is nowhere close to being out of the woods yet.

Friday night, a CNN report detailed new emails exchanged among PSU administrators in 2001 suggesting there was a planned cover-up for Sandusky beginning 16 days after former Nittany Lions assistant coach Mike McQueary allegedly saw Sandusky in the showers of an on-campus facility with a young boy.

Though former PSU coach Joe Paterno did not send/receive any emails in the thread, athletic director Tim Curley allegedly wrote: “After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.” Although never mentioned by name, it’s believed Curley was talking about Sandusky.

There were other similar emails, but the bottom line is it appears that Paterno, Curley, former VP Gary Schultz and president Graham Spanier all knew more about the Sandusky allegations than they initially led on.

But that’s been suspected for some time. On the day leading up to the start of Sandusky trial, NBC News reported school admins exchanged emails in 2001 claiming it would be “humane” for Sandusky not to involve authorities. A day later, a Pittsburgh-based news outlet reported Schultz had a “secret file” of allegations against Sandusky. In mid-June, a PSU trustee told the Associated Press that he suspected a cover-up by PSU officials.

Now, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports “Top Pennsylvania State University officials held a three-hour meeting to discuss Jerry Sandusky in 2001 over concerns about the former coach’s behavior with a boy in the football showers.

“A law-firm billing record from that conversation describes a ‘report of suspected child abuse,’ according to a person with knowledge of an independent investigation into the matter,” the report says.

Given the amount of information that continues to surface, it’s becoming clearer that PSU admins knew something, yet failed to report anything to child-welfare services. That’s a violation of Pennsylvania state law. Curley and Schultz are already facing perjury charges.

However, the CNN report from Friday claims Schultz initially had a plan to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare about concerns over the Sandusky situation. Obviously, though, those plans were never executed as PSU admins instead reportedly planned to ask Sandusky to seek counseling — something they knew was the wrong approach.

“The only downside for us is if the message [to Sandusky] isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it,” Spanier reportedly said in an email.

In response to the emails, the Paterno family released a statement saying “From the beginning, Joe Paterno warned against a rush to judgment in this case. Coach Paterno testified truthfully, to the best of his recollection, in the one brief appearance he made before the grand jury.”

The CNN emails suggest otherwise, but we’ll never know what was going through Paterno’s mind, just as the thought process for Curley, Schultz and Spanier remains a mystery today.

Still, there’s one way and one way only to correctly handle an accusation of sexual abuse — this isn’t an open-ended question — and no one at Penn State handled it the right way.

In fact, you could make a strong case they blatantly handled it the wrong way. There should be no sympathy or forgiveness for that.

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37 Responses to “Evidence continues to gather indicating Sandusky cover-up”
  1. tuckfexas says: Jul 2, 2012 12:15 PM

    Looking more and more accurate by the minute

  2. mgmac says: Jul 2, 2012 12:15 PM

    “After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”

    the prior statement leads me to state the following – all you joepa supports at some point in your lives must face the fact that your pre4cious joepa was an enabler to a child molester. ALL the big wigs at psu are guilty, all of them.

  3. cappa662 says: Jul 2, 2012 12:23 PM

    Death penalty times 5 for Penn State… So no football for 10 years. Reduction in scholarships for all sports. They easily could have prevented other children from being molested by Sandusky. But they put football and sports ahead of the welfare of children.

  4. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 2, 2012 12:24 PM

    Come on blindly loyal Paterno followers – let’s hear from all of you now about what Paterno knew, did and covered up.

    The incident under discussion was the molestation of a child in a campus locker room shower. And the response? No, let’s not report that to the proper authorities; let’s just talk to the molester. That’s what we at PSU are most “comfortable” with! And that decision was made AFTER speaking to Paterno about it. Of course it was, because protecting the football program and his own overblown image was all that matter to him.

    And Spanier? What a worthless excuse for a human being. The only downside was that the school could become “vulnerbable?” Seriously? How about more children may get abused by what you, Curley, Schultz and Paterno KNEW to be a monsterous child molester allowed to roam at will on your premises?

    And, of course, there were more children abused after this white-wash. What a sick, twisted tale. Let that be Spanier and Paterno’s legacy. They’ve earned it.

  5. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 2, 2012 12:25 PM

    Anyone who’s shocked by this has had their head buried in the sand for the last 9 months.

    And anyone who still believes Joe Paterno wasn’t intimately involved in what decisions were made regarding how this matter of Sandusky sodomizing innocent young boys in the Penn St football facilities was going to be handled (i.e. whether the authorities were called in or not) is just plain lying to themselves and anyone else they defend him to.

    Joe Paterno was the single most powerful man on that campus…..period. And to think that Spanier, Schultz and Curley were somehow going to instigate a cover-up about one of his ex-coordinators without his knowledge or consent is just plain stupid with a capital S.
    If this isn’t “Loss of institutional Control” what is!?!

    Spanier, Schultz, Curley and Paterno were the institution!

    If free pizza’s and tattoo’s can get schools into NCAA hot water how can a cover-up of child molestation not!?!

    You’re looking at some form of the death penalty Nittany Lions fans, bank on it! And the reputation of your sainted head coach is going to be stained with this tragedy and cover-up forever.

    You better get used to that reality also….

  6. psublueandwhite says: Jul 2, 2012 12:44 PM

    Again, everyone is jumping at fragments and pieces of emails. This is one email chain. Where are ALL the other emails?

    Does it look good? No it does not. But we need to see all materials on this and not just a single email chain.

    Also, when Curly says he spoke with “Joe”, Paterno could of told him he ‘wasn’t sure how to handle it, but you guys would know best’. It could of been a 2 minute conversation for all you know.

    Could Joe of known more of what was going on. Sure, it’s possible. But it’s just as likely he didn’t know the specifics of the situation ongoing. The story makes clear Paterno wasn’t even on the email chain.

    Let’s have a complete investigation and not assign blame until that’s complete. No one benefits from all this guessing at who did and said what. It’s going to all come out over time.

  7. tuckfexas says: Jul 2, 2012 12:49 PM

    Joe Pedobear Paterno knew exactly what was going on-as did others. Open your eyes.

  8. ghengy says: Jul 2, 2012 12:49 PM

    “indicating a cover up?” Have you been living under a rock for the last 2 years?

    Of course there was a cover up. How else did this thing get buried by the cops and the DA in 1999? And to demonstrate just how deep this cover up goes, and how wide this conspiracy really is… somebody please tell me why the DA Ray Gricar was murdered in 2005? Yes I understand he was pronounced “missing” but the reality is that he was whacked… WHY?

    Of course there was a cover up. And to the morons calling for the Death Penalty, this miscarriage of justice does not fall under the NCAA pervue. Sorry! And neither was Paterno “intimately involved.” Some of you clowns form your opinions strictly by reading the headlines, which generally means you are misinformed!

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 2, 2012 1:27 PM

    This sadly has been rumored and said by many in the State College and College Township areas for the past several years. Knowing the climate at The Pennsylvania University, many have stated they firmly believed there was a cover-up by many within the administration and some outside of it.

    These assertions and rumors have never subsided, even when denials from all concerned. Now investigations are revealing there was a concerted cover-up.

    Not only the horrendous crimes against children by Sandusky, but the cover-up by revered and trusted public figures!

    Most news has cut investigative teams due to budget cuts over the past few years. Most newspapers and radio stations no longer have true investigative reporters and investigation teams.

    I do not normally listen or watch CNN for many reasons, but I commend them greatly for being willing to spend the money and send the personnel and provide much needed investigation and evidence on this cover-up. Thank you CNN! May the investigations continue until all evidence concerning everyone who participated in any cover-up are revealed, and convicted.

  10. dkhhuey says: Jul 2, 2012 1:28 PM

    I try not a pitchfork and torches kinda guy but frankly, it is getting a bit more difficult with every story coming out.

    IF this stuff is proven true, however, this university and all who were involved need to be hammered in the most harsh and painful manner – no exceptions and no mercy!!!

  11. joepa400 says: Jul 2, 2012 1:36 PM

    Just another example of how all you pathetic drones believe what the media tells you. Why not think for yourself for a change. Its easy to blam a dead man so jump on board all you drones.

  12. psublueandwhite says: Jul 2, 2012 1:59 PM

    Really? 20 thumbs down on my comment? What for?

    The rush to judge and the impatience of people are really sickening. This is serious stuff and people’s lives and reputations are at stake.

    Innocent until proven guilty. You people want to kill first and ask questions later. The media is always going to hype the “juicy” parts which is why you can’t be influenced by everything that is said. The media is no longer reporting on the new, it’s biased and crams in opinion far too often.

    If you’re against letting things play out and getting to the full truth, then you’re simply partaking in the lynch mob mentality.

  13. makeham98 says: Jul 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    A lynch mob mentality versus more children being harmed. . . I’d rather be guilty of the first, to be honest.

  14. corvusrex96 says: Jul 2, 2012 2:25 PM

    It just sickens me that 4 people could so completely tarnish a top educational institution all for protecting a stupid football program.

    I am not ashamed that my degree is from PSU but I am certainly no longer proud of it.

    Sandusky is a sick $%^ who could have popped up anywhere . But the damn school president can’t figure out the right thing to do ?? the whole 4 years I was there this jerk spent more time lecturing the student body about binge drinking and suspending fraternities when he couldn’t even keep his own house in order on what should be the easiest question in the world.

    Heck a drunk undergrad could even answer that one correctly. Not sure of the wording but some combination of “Sandusky, naked , child, shower, what should we do?”

    ” I dunno , call the friggin cops”

    That’s right call the cops let them figure out if something is going on. It is their job to determine that afterall. If they get it wrong like in ’98 that’s on them but at least give them the chance to look into it.

  15. lamontjoe says: Jul 2, 2012 2:27 PM

    Horrible news, it’s only going to get worse for Penn St. and its well deserved. Nobody is above the law.

  16. comeonnowguys says: Jul 2, 2012 2:59 PM

    Get this trash institution out of the Big 10.

  17. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 2, 2012 3:17 PM

    “After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”

    How else do you read that except, “I spoke with Coach Paterno and he would prefer we don’t go outside the University with it… so let’s rethink this.”

    The direct implication is that Curley and Schultz wanted to take this off campus and alert the authorities and Paterno overruled them. And apparently Spanier was too weak to override Paterno (as most of us always believed) and the cover-up was on. This really comes as no surprise to anyone outside of Penn St who knew full well JoePa was “thee” power behind the throne there.

    Anyone who thinks or argues that a cover-up was underway without Paterno’s full knowledge and consent is simply kidding themselves and doesn’t have the guts to face the truth when it’s starring them right in the face!

    “…..and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”

    How on earth can anyone read that any other way!?!

  18. tmb333 says: Jul 2, 2012 3:32 PM

    They are all guilty. Try to excuse it away but they are all educators and duty bound to report any child abuse. The defenders would have a cow if this happened at their kids school and the principal covered for teacher instead of picking up the phone and calling CPS.

    Airbrush Paterno from the ‘family’ photo. PSU should cancel the season and release all players to leave at once.

  19. bunyanj says: Jul 2, 2012 4:56 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me that there are still PSU jerks defending JoePA. Joe was not not part of the coverup. He was the reason for the coverup.
    This is the same guy who said he did not see LaVar Arrington do anything wrong when he was caught on instant replay and getting a personal foul for punching a 190 lb special teams player on two seperate plays.
    Joe thought he was bigger than anything in college football and life. Now you PSU fans need sit down and shut up. Things are going to get a lot worse for JoePA and your school.

  20. microbrewuga says: Jul 2, 2012 5:03 PM

    What a mess. Just goes to show how widespread the consequences of sin can be.

  21. oldforester says: Jul 2, 2012 5:20 PM

    If Joe Paterno was told about a shower incident with one of his coaches and a child, at the least, he should have personally investigated this in his department, and brought Sandusky in for clarification of the allegation. This is not a simple recruiting violation, but an act against a child.

    If there is factual evidence that university officials had knowledge and did not act or follow the law, by notifying child services and this neglect resulted in further molestation by Sandusky…………….you have to have 5 yrs plus of a “Death Penalty” for Penn State Football as a gross example of no institutional controls over a football program which caused great harm to children. Sad, very sad!!

  22. deadeye says: Jul 2, 2012 5:23 PM

    “After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”


    The world is divided into two types of people, those who rely on their common sense, and those who defy common sense to continue their worship of JoePa despite the evidence.

    There are two coverups at PSU. The first coverup was hiding Sandusky’s rape of children. The second coverup was hiding JoePa’s role in the first coverup.

    The common sense people understood that JoePa was being protected. We knew he wielded more power than anyone else at PSU, especially in all matters that affected the football program. We knew JoePa and PSU admisnistrators were fully aware of the 1998 Sandusky investigation, even though no indictment resulted from it. We instinctively knew that somehow that played a role in Sandusky’s decision to retire. We knew that JoePa didn’t simply pass along McQueary’s story to his so-called superiors. He had to have been in on the decision because he wielded all the power. We instictively knew that the Sandusky indictment coming days after JoePa getting the all-time wins record was not a coincidence. We knew that everyone’s story/testimony was altered to protect JoePa and his saintly reputation. We knew JoePa would never field tough questions from reporters or lawyers for fear that he might slip up in his advanced age and let the cat out of the bag. We knew all of these things, and we knew them because of our common sense.

    I’d love to now hear the worshippers’ explanation of these emails. Go on, remind everyone that JoePa could not have committed an evil coverup because of all the good he had done previously. Remind us that Sandusky is the real monster. Remind us that JoePa did the legal minimum, and should not be blamed for failing to do more. Repeat all the excuses ad nauseam, just as you have been for 7 months. The common sense people know you won’t give up, but we are quite curious to see what explanation is offered for the latest revelation. Maybe it was a different Joe, or maybe Curley lied in his email and blamed JoePa behind his back. Any excuse will do for your feeble minds. But whichever one you pick, please post it for the amusement of the common sense people.

  23. stairwayto7 says: Jul 2, 2012 5:30 PM

    For all the trolls who call for the “death penalty” need to get a life! Every forgets about the cover up in the Catholic church when priest were having sex with boys and they did not disemband the catolic church! Give the victims $10-20 million and move on. Their is always another 10 years old story the media needs to uncover!

  24. jonanthans says: Jul 2, 2012 6:29 PM

    I actually heard a former staunch JoePa supporter FINALLY admit today that he can no longer buy the notion that JoePa didnt know. The evidence is just too overwhelming.

    PSU fans, Its ok to finally admit Grandpa Joe not only knew about everything, but he was involved in covering it up as well. You are only lumping yourselves in with these animals by continuing to support them.

  25. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 2, 2012 6:32 PM

    For those who can’t add 1 and 1 the death penalty is called for because this cover-up was conceived to protect the football program from the shame of being linked in the media to the crime of child molestation. The administrators and head football coach covered up a criminal offense perpetrated on their campus, in their facility and discovered by one of their employees.

    If you lie to hide free tattoo’s or an agents contact with the parents of your star player you get sanctioned by the NCAA but not if you cover up a crime to save face for your football program!?!

    What color is the sky in your world? I mean, besides Penn St blue and white….

  26. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 2, 2012 6:39 PM

    Joe said nothing because THEY promised to fix “Horse Toothed” Sue’s fangs if he was a good little boy and kept quiet. Tear the statue down please. Kids were ass raped because he and OTHERS did the “humane” thing. Be proud PSU. Be very proud.

  27. pictureamerica says: Jul 2, 2012 6:45 PM

    July 2


    No more football at Penn State ever, ever, ever again.

    The Paterno Family – Bad Dogs now

    What Good Can Come Of This?
    – always listen to kids
    – always report child abuse
    – get the cops and kid agencies involved early
    – listen to bad reports
    – investigate
    – support whistleblowers
    – more related stuff said better than I can sy it


  28. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 2, 2012 6:56 PM

    Where the hell is JoePa loving Deb now? That hag has been defending this “almost as creepy as Sandusky” tool for months. Love to here what this excuse maker has to say. Better yet not.

  29. animal47 says: Jul 2, 2012 7:27 PM

    I think everyone is jumping the gun right now.. Sure, the evidence looks pretty much like Joe Pa did know.. and maybe he did..

    But what we dont know is to what was said in that conversation with Curley.. Was it a one minute conversation?.. Five? 60?… We need to wait til the trial to get a firm handle on what was said and just how much did he really know.

    Also, I dont think this will constitute a death penalty, but it will bring some harsh penalties to the program for a number of years to come..

  30. 12is3times4 says: Jul 2, 2012 7:39 PM

    onceuponatimeinsports: “If you lie to hide free tattoo’s or an agents contact with the parents of your star player you get sanctioned by the NCAA but not if you cover up a crime to save face for your football program!?!”

    Except that the crimes themselves are waaaaay beyond the scope of NCAA rules and regulations, and as far as I’m aware the NCAA has never invoked lack of institutional control as a basis for sanctions outside the context of other, more run-of-the-mill NCAA rulebreaking (recruiting violations, academic fraud, improper benefits, etc.). So, it’s entirely possible – with one big caveat which I’ll get to in a bit – that the NCAA will leave it to the criminal and civil courts to punish the program and abstain from extracting their own pound of flesh.

    The caveat is a possibility I’ve brought up here before, namely that Paterno and the others covered up for Sandusky as part of a larger coverup of rampant but more typical NCAA rulebreaking at Penn State, which would have shattered its squeaky-clean, All-American reputation with or without child rape ever entering the discussion. If that turns out to be the case, then we’re likely to see the NCAA break out the long knives.

  31. waynefontes says: Jul 2, 2012 7:47 PM

    Stairway, why you don’t tell us about how bad the SEC is again.

    Your school enabled a child molestor.

    Worst program in the country.

  32. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 3, 2012 1:04 AM

    12is3times4, let me put it to you this way; if a player from an NCAA college robbed a liquor store or raped a coed and the head coach of his football team covered the crime up because he didn’t want to lose a star player, when it finally came to light, don’t you think the NCAA would level some kind of punishment on the university? Of course they would.

    It doesn’t matter that the crime of armed robbery or forcible rape isn’t an NCAA rule that was broken, it’s the cover up to protect the team that makes it an NCAA violation. And in this case we have not only the head coach covering up crimes committed on the campus but the AD and a Vice President and a University President to boot! And all to protect the schools football program.

    The head coach and the athletic director’s jobs fall under the control of the NCAA and the evidence is mounting they conspired along with other Penn St officials to cover up crimes committed on their campus solely to protect the schools vaunted football program. This cover up led to more crimes being committed later off campus.

    If that’s not “loss of institutional control then there is no such violation. It may be a grey area because the cover up was done regarding the activity of a non-NCAA participant, namely Sandusky who as an ex-coordinator no longer fell under the NCAA’s purview. But Paterno and Curley certainly did. And they precipitated the cover up to protect and NCAA program, Penn St football.

    That alone will be enough to get the NCAA involved, if you remember, they’ve already said they’d begin their own investigation soon. Public pressure to do something about Penn St and it’s officials including Paterno, will also force their hand.

    They may not level the “Death Penalty” per se’ but it will almost certainly be something very much like it. Far more than SC or Ohio State got, you can bet on that!

  33. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 3, 2012 10:25 AM

    This whole affair is a sad commentary on our society.

    Football is King….if you are good at football, coaching or playing, you can pretty much do any damn thing that you like.

    Should PSU get the death penalty…ABSOLUTELY, but it should be self imposed….and of course, thats not going to happen. This school, its Admin and Coaching staff put football above child sex abuse. The fan base continues to support Joe Pedorno even after it has been made CRYSTAL clear that he knew he had a child molester continually using his facilities. SHAME on these people.

    I am not sure who I am more disgusted with….Sandusky for his horrible actions or these sick twisted fans who continue to make excuses BECAUSE OF A STUPID GAME.

    You need to step back from football and examine your value system.

  34. klownboy says: Jul 3, 2012 11:31 AM

    Again, I said it before on my blog, just a sad state of affairs going on at Penn State…

  35. mbkrouse says: Jul 3, 2012 1:00 PM

    As a Penn State grad I can tell you how sad this all is. The fact that Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Spanier all conspired to cover up a horrible crime and allow Sandusky to go on molesting young boys is almost beyond belief. I guess our idols do have clay feet.

    That said we all need to let the legal process run its course. Penn State needs to accept the final judgement with dignity and a newfound commitment to the ideals the university purported to stand for.

    The truth will come out. There is nothing his loving family can do to salvage the reputation of Joe Paterno. They should have some sympathy for Curley, Schultz and Spanier who could face jail time for their roles in this scandal. After all if Joe would h

  36. mbkrouse says: Jul 3, 2012 1:02 PM

    To complete my thought; After all if Joe would have done the right thing these other men would not be facing possible jail time and a lifetime of disgrace.

  37. ghengy says: Jul 6, 2012 4:20 PM

    LOL The stupidity of these comments are Homeric.

    No Death Penalty, not happening regardless how much you monkeys thrash and scream. And I see that PSU is currently ranked #15 in recruiting for 2013 so it looks like the demise of Penn State football will also have to be postponed. ha ha

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