Can Penn State scandal get even worse?

The Penn State scandal is tragic, clearly, but rumors are it may get even worse.

Penn State students riot Thursday morning. (AP Photo)

Penn State students riot Thursday morning. (AP Photo)

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.

Madden said:

* 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.

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November 10th, 2011
2:08 pm

Sandusky is free on a $100,000 unsecured bond? Who set that up? He presents an enormous flight and suicide risk. And surely there are powerful interests who do not want him testifying in a courtroom: dozens of charges of sexual abuse, rumors of running an underage prostitution ring through a public institution, and a missing DA…


November 10th, 2011
2:55 pm

if true this will turn out to be the most disturbing sports story in the history of mankind. penn state will and should have to close down their entire athletic program. everyone involved should be incarcerated for life or the electric chair. unbelieveable!


November 10th, 2011
4:35 pm

After reading more from what Mark Madden has said and the strange mysterious disappearance of the DA who originally investigated the allegations against Sandusky in 1998 I am afraid that the lid is about to be blown off on something even uglier than just the acts of a lone child rapist.

If Sandusky and Second Mile were running a child prostitute ring for big money donors to Penn State, it completely gives Sandusky much more leverage over the Penn State administration in the wake of his discovered indiscretions in 1998. Sure they could not have him be Paterno’s successor, but they were not about to burn him as he could burn people in high places in the Penn State community. It also strengthened Paterno’s ability to keep his job as head coach well beyond his coaching prime. Basically you had a Mexican standoff, whereby no one part of the group had the upper hand. And perhaps a do gooder DA who knew a little too much was disposed of. His car was found with his laptop missing its hard drive, where a DA might store some incriminating evidence. If you don’t think a powerful person would commit murder to keep their sexual perversion a secret you aren’t familiar with the human race.

I feel ill.


November 10th, 2011
4:41 pm

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Don't Dump On Me

November 10th, 2011
7:47 pm

Wow! Oh what a tangled web we weave…..When will the powerful learn?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 10th, 2011
7:52 pm

They’re all Roman Catholics in a Roman Catholic state. Please don’t act surprised.


November 10th, 2011
7:56 pm

When you worship at the feet of celebrity, this is what happens. If JoePa had died before he broke the record, Penn State would have propped up his body (a la Weekend at Bernie’s) and pretended he was still alive and kicking till the team won, carrying him around like a plaster saint on Crete. Anything to further the seeking of the record. Throw in a pedophile whose activities have to be covered up (lest anything mar the record), a school with plenty of big-money, and you have the mess that is Penn State.

McCreary should be jailed. I bet he would sing to get out.

Atlanta mom

November 10th, 2011
7:59 pm

Mike McQueary should be drawn and quartered.
What kind of man sees a 10 year old being raped and walks away?
How can he sleep at night?


November 10th, 2011
8:09 pm

This reminds me of the Franklin Scandal of the late 1980s. Don’t be surprised if Sandusky commits “suicide.”

Brenda in PA

November 10th, 2011
8:18 pm

Mike Mcqueary needs to go!!!!!! Get rid of him!!

Peach State of Mind

November 10th, 2011
8:24 pm

School run by crooks and pedophiles how lovely, Penn State diplomas are not worth the paper they are written on.


November 10th, 2011
8:26 pm

Are you kiddin didn’t you read his last name Mcqueary sounds like a Mcdonalds fag sandwich


November 10th, 2011
8:36 pm

Joe Pa screwed up bigtime no doubt. Where was all the outrage when Michael Jackson BOUGHT his way out of a similar situation. I guess if Joe Pa had chosen a career similar to Jacksons and had risen to the “STAR” level he would have a huge different future at this time. Just sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

What if Jack and the Beanstalk was a bible story?

November 10th, 2011
8:57 pm

Relgion is so messed up.

Purple Drank

November 10th, 2011
9:01 pm

What if Bear Bryant had an affair with Bigfoot? That would be weird too.

Spreading The Disease

November 10th, 2011
9:09 pm

Bill W

November 10th, 2011
9:26 pm

I smell NCAA sanctions in their near future if not a total shutdown of their football program for a number of years if this is found to be true. Guess all those kids turning over media trucks can go join the G-20 protesters soon seeing as a degree from Penn State will have the same value as toilet paper soon.


November 10th, 2011
9:32 pm

I am familiar with child molestation – I was the victim of my school principal starting in the 3rd grade and continuing until he left the school in my Junior year. Molestation of a minor in the cahrge of a “superior” is Horrible. However, to date these are accusations not yet proven – and (with the possible except for violation of civil rights) we pride ourselves on “innocent until proven guilty” in this country. Nobody has been proven guilty of anything to date. So why was the coach fired? He did what he was supposed to do based on my career in the military and working in four major corporations after my military career – report it “up the chain” (prohibited to reporting it outside the chain) to anyone. I do believe the young men were violated. I also believe our justice system should be followed to completion before any actions are taken – like firing a coach because he didn’t “do enough” in this case.


November 10th, 2011
10:02 pm

Sorry for your pain S.


November 10th, 2011
10:07 pm

My experience in sports is that child molestation is pretty common and regularly swept under the carpet. In every sports team I was involved with, there was some member of the staff that was known to molest team players usually in exchange for money or drugs or alcohol, everybody knew it and nobody reported it. Just one of the realities.

Douche Bag

November 10th, 2011
10:21 pm

S, a Grand Jury brought the charges, its not like these are simply accusations by some kids or parents. The due process that you allude to does not apply to businesses or to institutions, only to a US court of law.

Unfortunately, I suspect there may be some merit to the theory that there is something much bigger than the buggering of innocents. This may be a repellent conspiracy of the highest (lowest) order.

Shame on Penn State

November 10th, 2011
10:46 pm

I hope they all rot in hell. No, I hope they all burn FOREVER in hell!

My heart breaks for those boys. It is situations like this that makes a mother lose her mind and do something crazy!

I am one of those mothers!


November 10th, 2011
10:48 pm


What corporations forbid someone to report child rape to the police but require instead that it be reported “up the chain”?

If I saw something like that which was reported in the grand jury testimony, I would beat the ever-loving you know what out of the perp, then call the police, and then dare the perp to get up off the shower floor. Would I be worried that I broke the “chain of command” or would lose my job? Nope.

If the building you worked in were on fire, would you email your supervisor and hope that, at some time, he would call the fire department?

I’m sorry about your the experience you related–but gimme a break. Of all people, you should be the least tolerant of this kind of behavior.

Just wondering..........

November 10th, 2011
10:55 pm

Is it just a coincidence that all of this breaks just a few days after Joe Pa breaks the record he’s sought for years? Sure smells to me!


November 10th, 2011
11:29 pm

Penn State will forevermore be known as PIMP STATE.


November 10th, 2011
11:34 pm

I grew up a PSU fan and always admired Paterno. I heard a comment from a caller on 680 The Fan say that Paterno didn’t go far enough and if the grad student had told Paterno that he saw Sandusky in the shower with his grandson, Paterno would have done a lot more than just report it to his AD. That caller made a really good point.


November 10th, 2011
11:48 pm

What kind of a person would witness a child being raped and not stop it and call the police? Everyone who knew about this and the other alledged incidents are culpable. Their silence contributed to the suffering of even more children. Shame,shame, shame. I don’t feel sorry for any of them. I feel very sorry for the victims and their families – they are in my prayers.

Penn State go away and stay away

November 11th, 2011
12:12 am

Paterno said he “did what he was supposed to do”? Really Joe? You really think so? Thank God my kid never attended Penn State. A ten year old boy is being raped and you did what you were supposed to do? Anyone with any knowledge of this on any level is complicit. Good riddance fools. You are bad for Penn State, bad for college football, just bad……period Go away and shut up. Nobody cares what you have to say. Ohio State got worse punishment than you creeps.


November 11th, 2011
12:23 am

will jones… your comments are ignorant and assinine!


November 11th, 2011
12:32 am

Let the betting begin on how long before Sandusky ‘gets really depressed and hangs himself’.

Anyone see that ‘Sandusky method’ video on youtube?? Creepy…


November 11th, 2011
12:43 am

Anybody who knows Pittsburgh radio or who did a little research on it before reporting on it would realize that Mark Madden is a total hack who will say anything to get ratings. He has a daily radio show of which 75% of what he reports is total garbage. Any writer who would report anything as possible fact that this moron reports is even more of a moron. And any idiotic that comments on such an article as possible fact without doing any research is of sub-human intellect.

Look before I leap...

November 11th, 2011
1:05 am

The allegations are explosive and sickening. However, they are just allegations from a semi-obscure journalist. The fact that the investigation is only being conducted by other journalists says that there is no current credible evidence available to the authorities. So, it is a matter of wait and see. It is interesting to me that Sandusky, as an accused serial molester is out on bond. I am quite frankly shocked that the prosecutors and the judge has allowed that.

Pastor Maddox

November 11th, 2011
3:02 am

The student body need to be concern about those young boys, not a football coach. The world is gone crazy.


November 11th, 2011
4:30 am

Can everyone imagine the dozens of other little boys that Sandusky and his -as yet to be revealed- child molestation network took advantage of,and whose lives are permanently destroyed by their activities,throughout the years?The Pa. authorities should have denied him bail,since the nation may never know the extent of this sickening mess because he committed suicide as new and gruesome revelations are uncovered.

Who were the deep pocketed “donors”?….Were they Second Mile patrons-and/OR Penn State ones also?….DA Gricar -disappeared.?..poof? Into thin space,and his laptop-minus hard drive was discovered on the shores of the Susquehanna river?…(at least it didn’t flood0 And the Penn State administration-Joe P included-tells Sandusky to take a fall and shut up..we will take care of the details..(like Gricar’s poof?naah…)

Smells like one of those classic “FBI cases”….that will take “years” to solve…No?

….And to those little rah-rah boys (and girls) at Penn State….( u love it ,don’t ya …he-he-he-he).
I’ll bet you’ll never forget this experience for the rest of your lives…. .


November 11th, 2011
6:21 am

No women were mentioned anywhere in this twisted scenario, why? Because a woman would NEVER have walked away or let someone else report the rape to the police. She (we) would’ve found a way to protect that child and called 911 ASAP.


November 11th, 2011
7:25 am

This is so horrible. He should not even be out on bond, because he will possibly commit suicide rather than go on trial. Please lock him up so that we can see him on the stand. We have 8 and 10 year old grandsons who are starting to get interested in sports, and I can’t see them taking a shower at any event locker room. What puzzles me is why kids don’t tell. What is it that makes them keep this secret from everybody, including their parents. In an earlier post someone said that they had been molested by the principal from age 3 to their junior year in high school. How can this happen without you knowing you should tell someone. I am sure there is no end to the number of children who had been molested by Sandusky from 1977 when he started the organization to the time he was arrested.

We are....

November 11th, 2011
7:48 am