Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Big Ten [Print without images]

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Sandusky: JoePa never brought up reports

By Adam Rittenberg

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky gave his first extensive interview since being charged with sexual abuse, and in addition to denying he had ever sexually abused young boys, he told The New York Times that former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno never confronted him about allegations of misconduct.

Paterno was informed in 2002 of an alleged sexual assault by Sandusky on a young boy in the showers of Penn State's football building. Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant, told Paterno of the incident, and Paterno informed athletic director Tim Curley. Although Paterno faces no legal repercussions in the state's case against Sandusky, he received criticism for not doing more, which led to his firing from Penn State last month.

From The New York Times story:
Mr. Sandusky said the two never spoke about any incidents, not the episode in 2002 or an earlier complaint of child molestation made against Mr. Sandusky in 1998 that was investigated by the Penn State campus police.
"I never talked to him about either one,” Mr. Sandusky said of Mr. Paterno. "That's all I can say. I mean, I don’t know."
Mr. Paterno, through his son, Scott, has denied knowing about the 1998 investigation at the time it happened.
"He's the only one who knows whether anybody ever said anything to him," Mr. Sandusky said of Mr. Paterno.

Keep in mind these are Sandusky's comments, and Paterno has kept quiet, on the advice of his lawyer, about what he knew, what he didn't know, who he told, who he confronted, etc. We have yet to hear Paterno's side of the story.

Asked about the fallout for Paterno and Penn State from his indictment, Sandusky told The Times he didn't think it was fair.

Other notes from the interview.