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Friday, August 17, 2012
Book: Paterno, Sandusky were at odds

By Brian Bennett

More excerpts from Joe Posnanski's authorized biography, Paterno, are coming to light. The latest one covers what the book describes as a rocky relationship between Joe Paterno and his former longtime defensive coordinator, convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky.

The Patriot-News reports on the relevant passages from the book, which divulges that Paterno had written what the family called a "Why I Hate Jerry Sandusky" memo in 1993.

 "In it Paterno complained that Sandusky had stopped recruiting, seemed constantly distracted, had lost his energy for coaching, and was more interested in his charity, The Second Mile. "He would gripe about Jerry all the time," one family member said."

Of course, Sandusky retired in 1999, one year after he was investigated by police for showering with a young boy. Many have wondered if the two were related, though the Freeh Report found no link. The Freeh Report did conclude that Paterno knew about the 1998 investigation.

Posnanski writes:

"The general media takeaway from this email chain was that Paterno had convinced Curley to back off reporting Sandusky and to handle this in-house. Others familiar with the emails believed instead that Paterno had demanded they confront Sandusky."

Posnanski also asked Paterno if he considered calling the police after being told by Mike McQueary in 2002 that McQueary had witnessed Sandusky in a Penn State shower with a young boy.

"To be honest with you, I didn't," Paterno responded. "This isn't my field. I didn't know what to do. I had not seen anything. Jerry didn't work for me anymore. I didn't have anything to do with him. I tried to look through the Penn State guidelines to see what I was supposed to do. It said that I was supposed to call Tim [Curley]. So I did."

Argue away.