The Penn State scandal is tragic, clearly, but rumors are it may get even worse.
Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden dropped two potential bombshells in an interview Thursday morning, just hours after longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired and angry football fans rioted.
* Former assistant Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was forced by Penn State to retire in 1999 in exchange for a university coverup of his actions with underage boys.
* Rumors are being investigated that Sandusky and Second Mile, a non-profit Sandusky founded in 1977 to help children, was pimping young boys to wealthy donors.
Madden, who has covered the Sandusky story for more than a decade, made his comments on “The Dennis and Callahan Show” when the hosts asked what the next development in the story would be.
You can see and hear the interview here.
Other elements of the story are troubling.
Why, after firing Joe Paterno, who never actually saw Sandusky do anything wrong, is the university allowing assistant coach Mike McQueary, who testified he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a university shower, to remain on the sidelines for Saturday’s game?
And NBC reports the district attorney who failed to prosecute Sandusky on child molestation charges in 1998, has been missing since 2005. He was legally declared dead in 2010.
Sandusky faces 40 charges of child sexual abuse against eight boys between 1994 and 2009. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. He is free on $100,000 bond. He has denied the charges. His next hearing will be in early December.
Lots of questions remain unanswered.