Penn State’s Bradley To Meet With Pitt About Job

Multiple sources close to the football programs at Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh have indicated to SbB that acting Penn State head football coach Tom Bradley is the leading candidate for the defensive coordinator position under new Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst.

Pitt's Paul Chryst thinks Tom Bradley is good fit as assistant

(Fit for Pitt? Bradley coached under Joe Paterno for 33 years at Penn State)

One source close to the Pitt program told SbB that Bradley is Chryst’s first choice for the job, but because of Bradley’s longtime association with the Penn State program - and his reported close ties to Jerry Sandusky - the Pitt coach will have to get school athletic director Steve Pederson and other Pitt officials and donors to sign off first. Read more…

Transcript: Joe Paterno’s Grand Jury Testimony

The date is January 12th, 2011, 11:06 a.m. The questions were asked by Ms. Jonelle Eshbach, Witness, Joseph V. Paterno.

Q: Would you please introduce yourself to the Grand Jury?

Mr. Paterno: My name is Joseph V. Paterno.

Q: I’m sure everyone in the room knows, but just in case there’s anyone that doesn’t, how are you employed?

Mr. Paterno:
I’m a football coach at the Pennsylvania State University.

Q: As that football coach at the Pennsylvania State University, did you have as employed under you an individual by the name of Jerry Sandusky?

Mr. Paterno:
I did for a while, yes.

Q: Do you currently have employed for you since sometime in the early 2000s an assistant coach named Michael McQueary?

Mr. Paterno: Yes.

Q: I’d like to direct your attention to what I believe would be a spring break of 2002, around that time. Do you recall Michael McQueary calling you and asking to have a discussion with you about something that he observed?

Mr. Paterno: I’m not sure of the date, but he did call me on a Saturday morning. He said he had something that he wanted to discuss. I said, come on over to the house.

He came over to the house.

And as I said, I’m not sure what year it was, but I know it was a Saturday morning and we discussed something he had seen.

Q: Without getting into any graphic detail, what did Mr. McQueary tell you he had seen and where?

Mr. Paterno: Well, he had seen a person, an older — not an older, but a mature person who was fondling, whatever you might call it — I’m not sure what the term would be — a young boy.

Q: Did he identify who that older person was?

Mr. Paterno: Yes, a man by the name of Jerry Sandusky who had been one of our coaches, was not at the time.

Q: You’re saying that at the time this incident was reported to you, Sandusky was no longer a coach?
Mr. Paterno: No, he had retired voluntarily. I’m not sure exactly the year, but I think it was either ‘98 or ‘99.

Q: I think you used the term fondling. Is that the term that you used?

Mr. Paterno: Well, I don’t know what you would call it. Obviously, he was doing something with the youngster.

It was a sexual nature. I’m not sure exactly what it was.

I didn’t push Mike to describe exactly what it was because he was very upset. Obviously, I was in a little bit of a dilemma since Mr. Sandusky was not working for me anymore.

So I told — I didn’t go any further than that except I knew Mike was upset and I knew some kind of inappropriate action was being taken by Jerry Sandusky with a youngster.

Q: Did Mike McQueary tell you where he had seen this inappropriate conduct take place?

Mr. Paterno: In the shower.

Q: Where was the shower?

Mr. Paterno: In the Lasch Building.

Q: Is that on the campus of Penn State University?

Mr. Paterno: It’s right on the campus.

Q: Did you tell Mike McQueary at that time what you were going to do with that information that he had provided to you?

Mr. Paterno: I don’t know whether I was specific or not. I did tell Mike, Mike, you did what was right; you told me.

Even though Jerry does not work for the football staff any longer, I would refer his concerns to the right people.

Q: You recall this taking place on a Saturday morning, the conversation with Mike?

Mr. Paterno:  Yes.

Q: When did you — did you do something with that information?

Mr. Paterno: Well, I can’t be precise.

I ordinarily would have called people right away, but it was a Saturday morning and I didn’t want to interfere with their weekends.

So I don’t know whether I did it Saturday or did it early the next week.

I’m not sure when, but I did it within the week.

Q: To whom or with whom did you share the information that McQueary had given you?

Mr. Paterno: I talked to my immediate boss, our athletic director.

Q: What is that person’s name?

Mr. Paterno: Tim Curley.

Q: How did you contact Mr. Curley?

Mr. Paterno: I believe I did it by phone. As I recall, I called him and I said, hey, we got a problem, and I explained the problem to him.

Q: Was the information that you passed along substantially the same information that Mr. McQueary had given you?

Mr. Paterno: Yes.

Q: Other than the incident that Mike McQueary reported to you, do you know in any way, through rumor, direct knowledge or any other fashion, of any other inappropriate sexual conduct by Jerry Sandusky with young boys?

Mr. Paterno: I do not know of anything else that Jerry would be involved in of that nature, no. I do not know of it.

You did mention — I think you said something about a rumor. It may have been discussed in my presence, something else about somebody.

I don’t know.

I don’t remember, and I could not honestly say I heard a rumor.

Q: You indicated that your report was made directly to Tim Curley. Do you know of that report being made to anyone else that was a university official?

Mr. Paterno: No, because I figured that Tim would handle it appropriately.

I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Mr. Curley and I thought he would look into it and handle it appropriately.

Q: We have no further questions of you.

Testimony concluded at 11:13 a.m. Date, January 12, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

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Vermeil: Sandusky Misportrayed, ‘Cared’ For Kids

Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil, who in 2001 wrote the foreword to Jerry Sandusky’s “Touched” autobiography and assisted the ex-Penn State football coach with his Second Mile charity over three decades, told Kelley Bydlon of this week that, “Jerry really cared about (The Second Mile children) in a different way than is being portrayed right now.”

(”I knew Jerry very well“)

Vermeil also told Bydlon, that the revelations about Sandusky’s alleged sexual abuse of children, which has thus far resulted in 52 criminal charges against the former Penn State assistant coach, “is a real downer for me. I still hold hope that it’s not all true.

On the subject of Joe Paterno’s ouster at Penn State, Vermeil this week labeled the situation to Marks-Peltz as, “Unfair. Especially for a man of his class and quality.”

When asked if Paterno did enough to help a child who in Grand Jury testimony Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary reported under oath was anally raped by Sandusky in the Penn State locker room, Vermeil said of Paterno’s decision to not report the incident to authorities, “I would never second guess him.”

Below is the full transcript from Vermeil’s comments to Bydlon:

Kelley Bydlon: “You were involved with The Second Mile, how well did you know Jerry Sandusky?

Vermeil: “I knew Jerry very well, I didn’t know this side of him, I still want to really believe it to be true. I wrote the foreword to his book. I’ve been involved in helping him with that charity over thirty years.

It’s a real downer for me. It’s disappointing as heck.

I still hold hope that it’s not all true.

Bydlon: “When the news came out, was it complete disbelief for you?”

Vermeil: “Yes it was. I’d heard rumors there were investigations like all of us did around Second Mile, you could not. You’d have to be deaf not to hear it. But I would always give him (Sandusky) more credit for those rumors being true.

Bydlon: “How devastating was it for people involved in the charity?

Vermeil: “I know for a fact they helped a ton of kids, and I know that Jerry really cared about them in a different way than is being portrayed right now.

Bydlon: “What did you think of the way Joe Paterno was exited out of Penn State?

Vermeil: “Unfair. Especially for a man of his class and quality.  In two days he went from the epitome of what everyone should be like as a coach and I still believe he belongs in that category.

Bydlon: “In your mind did he (Paterno) did enough to stop what was happening?

Vermeil: “I wouldn’t second guess him because if he thought it was more serious than it was he would’ve reacted more seriously. I think he reacted according to what he knew, the way he felt he should.

I would never second guess him.”

Mike McQueary testified in open court in Pennsylvania today that after he witnessed Sandusky involved in an “extreme sexual” act that resembled “intercourse” with a child in the Penn State locker room in 2002, he told Paterno about the incident the next day:

“I went to his house and sat at his kitchen table and told him I saw Jerry with a young boy in the shower. That it was way over the lines and extremely sexual in nature.

“(Paterno) was slumped back in his chair, he said well I’m sorry you had to see that. It’s terrible. I need to think and tell some people about what you saw and I’ll let you know what we’ll do next.”

Also revealed in the same Harrisburg court proceeding today was the transcript of testimony Paterno previously gave a Centre County (PA) Grand Jury regarding what he was told by McQueary about Sandusky’s alleged rape of a boy in Penn State’s locker room in 2002.

During a reading of Paterno’s previously recorded comments, it was confirmed that Paterno did indeed tell the Grand Jury that McQueary related to him that the incident involving Sandusky and a child in the Penn State locker room was of a “sexual nature.

In a November 7, 2011, statement Paterno claimed:

“As my grand jury testimony stated. I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.”

As part of his 2001 contribution to Sandusky’s “Touched” autobiography, Vermeil, who was coaching the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs at the time and in 1999 led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title, wrote of the ex-Penn State assistant coach, “He (Sandusky) could very well be the Will Rogers of the coaching profession.

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Incestuous Penn State Still Endangering Children

Four days after tales of alleged child rape perpetrated by Jerry Sandusky surfaced in a Grand Jury presentment formalizing dozens of criminal charges against the former Penn State football coach, Sara Ganim and Jan Murphy of the HARRISBURG PATRIOT-NEWS reported of a power struggle within the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Penn State Chairman of Board of Trustees Steve Garban: Son Drew was on Second Mile Board of Directors and significant donor to Jerry Sandusky's charity

(PSU BOT Chair: Son on Second Mile Board, & Specially-Recognized Donor)

Excerpt fom the Nov. 9, 2011, Patriot-News story:

Inside Old Main, the iconic Penn State administration building, a faction of the board of trustees is standing up to take control of the sex-abuse controversy engulfing the university.

That group does not include board Chairman Steve Garban, the former Penn State treasurer and vice president for finance and operations. Sources suggest a new chairman could be named soon.

Trustees lack confidence in Garban’s ability to lead the university out of this mess given his close relationships with (Tim) Curley, (Gary) Schultz and university President Graham Spanier, sources said.

Yesterday, sources indicated Spanier’s job and that of head football coach Joe Paterno were in trouble over their handling of the sex-abuse allegations. The board is creating a committee to investigate the scandal.

The trustees dislike how a few board members appeared to have been notified that charges against Curley and Schultz were imminent while the vast majority of trustees were left in the dark until Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, shortly after Attorney General Kelly released the indictment, some board members were told they should wait until Thursday to discuss the charges. That didn’t sit well with everyone. A core group demanded, and got, an emergency meeting within 24 hours, sources say.

Twenty trustees made their way to State College for the Sunday night meeting, while others called in by phone. It was at that session that the board began to question Garban’s leadership, and a faction began to coalesce around the need to take assertive actions.

Some trustees believe the university’s handling of the matter has been bungled. Sources said the statement issued Saturday by Spanier vowing his unconditional support to Curley and Schultz caught some by surprise — and disgusted them.

Hours after the Patriot-News report about the PSU Board of Trustees’ dissatisfaction with Garban’s leadership, Paterno was fired. Before the Nov. 9, 2011, press conference announcement of Paterno’s ouster, Garban told the gathered media, “The Board has asked John to head up all Board activities on the current matters.

“John” was John Surma, Chairman & CEO of U.S. Steel and Vice Chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees. It was Surma who then announced Paterno’s firing and took questions from a frenzied group of media and students.

But just two days after Garban ceded to Surma on “all Board activities on the current matters,” Garban himself announced on Nov. 11, 2011 - via official Penn State press release -  the creation of a “special investigation committee that would “undertake a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the grand jury report. The committee will be commissioned to determine what failures occurred, who is responsible and what measures are necessary to ensure that this never happens again.”

From the official PSU release:

“There will be full accountability for those found responsible,” said Steve Garban, chair of the board. “All resources will be made available for the committee to fulfill its charge and there will be no restrictions placed on its scope or activities.”

Garban said when the investigation is complete, a full report will be given to the board at one of its regular meetings.

“Trustee Frazier has agreed to chair this important committee in this endeavor,” Garban said. “He’s experienced, seasoned and will provide the leadership necessary to prevail.”

48 hours earlier, the Patriot-News had reported that its sources were suggesting, “a new chairman could be named soon.

Today, nothing has changed.

Perhaps the fact that Garban was instrumental in quickly promoting longtime Penn State administrator Rod Erickson from “acting president” to “president” - in less than 48 hours - has something to do with Garban’s unchanged status atop the Penn State Board of Trustees.

From the CENTRE (PA) DAILY TIMES on Nov. 18, 2011:

On Thursday, university spokesman Bill Mahon confirmed that Rod Erickson is the university’s new president, and there are no plans to conduct any search to fill the job.

While Erickson was named the acting president initially, Mahon said trustees soon agreed to change that to president — prior Nov. 11 trustees meeting, at which board Chairman Steve Garban introduced him as president and pledged the trustees’ support for him.

Or the fact that the media and public is apparently unaware of the intimate involvement of Garban’s son with “The Second Mile”, a charity Sandusky now appears to have set up to help him target children for sexual abuse.

For years the son of Steve Garban, Drew Garban, was an acting member of The Second Mile’s Board of Directors - right up until Sandusky’s arrest. (Garban’s name was, like many others, scrubbed from the charity’s website after details of Sandusky’s alleged sexual crimes against children were revealed.)

Drew Garban was also a longtime member of The Second Mile’s prestigious “Arthur C. and Evelyn M. Sandusky Society.” As noted in the charity’s most recent annual report located on its current website:

The Arthur C. and Evelyn M. Sandusky Society recognizes those individuals who have made an estate provision for, or a planned or deferred gift commitment to, The Second Mile. These gift commitments could include a bequest in a will or living trust, the designation of The Second Mile as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, a charitable remainder trust, the gift of a life insurance policy naming The Second Mile as beneficiary, and/or the execution of an estate note. We wish to thank the members of this society for providing a foundation for the future of our organization.

In addition to raising funds from those who wished to bequeath assets from their estate to The Second Mile, the Arthur C. and Evelyn M. Sandusky Society was set up to recognize Jerry Sandusky’s parents - who also created a charitable organization that included a boarding house for wayward youth. A house where Sandusky spent part of his youth.

Penn State Chairman of Board of Trustees Steve Garban: Son Drew was on Second Mile Board of Directors and significant donor to Jerry Sandusky's charity

In the same Centre Daily Times Nov. 18, 2011, piece that noted PSU Board Chair Steve Garban fronting the permanent hire of Rod Erickson as Penn State President, it was reported that Penn State University Trustee David Joyner had taken over as Penn State’s “acting athletic director” in place of Curley, who is now facing charges he lied to a Grand Jury when questioned about his role in reporting alleged crimes related to the sexual abuse of children by Sandusky in the Penn State locker room in 2002.

In the past two weeks, Penn State Athletic Department sources have told SbB that Joyner wants to hire interim Penn State football coach Tom Bradley as the school’s permanent football coach going forward. Bradley will reportedly interview for the position as soon as next week. (Bradley was reportedly a longtime, close friend of Sandusky and lived with Mike McQueary from 2006-07.)

Steve Garban was the leader who, as Chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees, ultimately oversaw an environment which undeniably placed the personal desires of individual adults - and their business interests - above the welfare of children.

And despite Garban’s close relationship with all those involved with the alleged Sandusky child rape coverup, and his son’s intimate involvement in the operation of Sandusky’s charity as an acting Second Mile Board member and extraordinary financial contributor, the child-endangering environment at Penn State clearly remains alive and well.

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Sandusky Visited Prospect After Penn St. Letters

In the wake of Penn State football legend Jerry Sandusky being criminally charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children, including the rape of at least one 10-year-old boy in the Penn State locker room, it has been widely surmised that Sandusky was no longer an active member of a Penn State program inexorably connected to now-fired head coach Joe Paterno.

(Image of Penn State letter to another recruit from McQueary)

But thanks to a stunning revelation in Greenville, South Carolina, today, it appears Paterno and now-former Penn State recruiting coordinator Mike McQueary, both of whom knew of Sandusky’s child rape in their own locker room in 2002, had kept Sandusky on as a Penn State football recruiter perhaps until the day he was arrested last Friday. (And then quickly released by State College authorities on unsecured bond - meaning he didn’t have to put up a dime to earn his freedom.)

This week a highly touted high school linebacker in South Carolina, Adam Ah Ching, told South Carolina news outlet WYFF-TV that Sandusky, who was also spotted in the Penn State football facility three times last week, was recruiting him on behalf of Penn State.

Recruitment that included Sandusky traveling to South Carolina to watch Ah Ching play in person - after Penn State sent him recruiting letters his junior year:

“Penn State has sent me letters throughout my junior year … He (Sandusky) came to my last spring game going into my senior season. He liked how I moved, laterally, and how gifted I am.”

As McQueary was the Penn State Recruiting Coordinator at the time of the Sandusky visit to Ah Ching, it isn’t unreasonable to believe he had full knowledge of Sandusky representing Penn State while recruiting a high school prospect out-of-state.

After the revelations of Sandusky’s insatiable taste for child rape, the intimate details of which - according to a Pennsylvania Grand Jury - has been known by Paterno and McQueary since 2002, Ah Ching quickly dropped his consideration of the school.

“It’s very devastating to have a top-tiered program and have them drop like that. That really did play a big impact on where I wanted to go.”

Ah Ching’s father, Otto, agreed with his son’s decision:

“Do you want to be associated with the mess that’s still going to come down the road here?”

Prospect Ah Ching also noted that other players who had been considering Penn State are hastily dropping the school from consideration:

“All these recruits are decommiting because of that.”

As the primary witness of the anal rape of a 10-year-old boy by Sandusky in 2002, if then-Penn State Recruiting Coordinator was aware that Sandusky went South Carolina to recruit a high school prospect on behalf of Penn State, it isn’t unreasonable to think that he may be facing more serious consequences than losing his job.

You can read more about the story and watch WYFF’s complete on-air report here.

UPDATE (2:54p PT): The Athletic Director of Greer High School, Travis Perry, reportedly called the claims about Sandusky visiting the high school to recruit Ah Ching, “false and untrue.”

In a followup to its original story WYFF reported today:

Ah Ching stands by his story that Sandusky was in the stands.

WYFF News 4 has called and emailed Penn State to find out if Sandusky was still scouting or recruiting for Penn State recently in the Upstate. No one from the University has commented.

Ah Ching’s coach, Greer High School’s Will Young, says he is not aware anyone representing Penn State attended a spring game.

SbB currently has a message into the high school prospect’s father, Otto Ah Ching.

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