Jerry Sandusky in prez's box for No. 409

Updated: January 12, 2012, 12:12 PM ET
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Jerry Sandusky caught Joe Paterno's record 409th win from the president's box at Beaver Stadium days before the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach's November arrest, according to a newspaper report.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, citing sources close to Penn State's trustees, said that the 67-year-old Sandusky was seen in then-president Graham Spanier's box on Oct. 29 and later stopped in at the school's Nittany Lion booster club.

University spokesman Bill Mahon told the paper, however, that a look over the guest list for the box for every Penn State game dating back to 2008 revealed that Sandusky was never invited to sit in the school president's office's box.

The Nittany Lions toppled Illinois 10-7 on Oct. 29 to make Paterno the winningest coach in the history of college football. Less that a week later, Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky has denied the charges and remains out on $250,000 bail while awaiting trial.

Spanier was ousted amid the scandal and replaced by Rodney Erickson, who said Tuesday he will step down when his contract ends in 2014.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.