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Testimony: Greg Schiano, Tom Bradley knew of Sandusky abuse at Penn State

20 July 2016

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno ignored the claims of a 14-year-old boy that he was sexually abused by assistant Jerry Sandusky in 1976, unsealed court documents obtained by the Washington Post revealed Tuesday.

Bradley, who spent 37 years at Penn State as a player, graduate assistant and full-time assistant coach and is now the defensive coordinator at UCLA, was aware of Sandusky's heinous abuses as early as the 1980s, according to McQueary's account.

The man identified as John Doe 150 testified Paterno responded that he didn't want to hear what the boy had to say and that he had a football season to worry about. "I don't know. I don't remember, and I could not honestly say I heard a rumor", Paterno testified.

Whether you believe or do not believe that the Penn State University football coach knew of and then ignored the frightful acts committed by his former defensive coordinator and convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky, it is a fight over Paterno's legacy. Sandusky retired from coaching in 1999, but was permitted to use Penn State facilities for his work with The Second Mile, a foundation he established to help at-risk kids.

Paterno served as the Nittany Lions' head coach from 1966 until his retirement in 2011.

Paterno family lawyer Wick Sollers said in a statement that there were "numerous specific elements of the accusations that defy all logic and have never been subjected to even the most basic objective examination".

The alleged attack occurred long before a 1998 incident that investigators had set as the earliest date that Paterno and university officials knew, or should have known, about reports to authorities of sexual abuse by Sandusky.

On Nov. 9, 2011 - the day Paterno announced he would retire at the end of the 2011 season, but was instead fired that same night - Schiano was quoted by the Asbury Park Press and other media outlets in response to whether he had any inkling that something inappropriate was going on with Sandusky during his time at Penn State.

McQueary said under oath that he told Paterno and then he said things that lead one to believe that Bradley and Schiano also knew of things that had happened. Schiano is now co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State.

That individual, referred to as "John Doe 150", testified that he told Joe Paterno of the incident, and that Paterno ignored the allegations.

"I have as much respect for Greg Schiano as I do any person", Meyer said.

John Doe 101 said that Sandusky would frequently change what he was doing when he heard the push button entry to the room being activated to make it appear they were wrestling.

Documents released yesterday include an allegation that Schiano saw Sandusky "doing something to a boy in the shower" when he was a Penn State assistant.

More recently, more than 200 former lettermen from the university's football team sent a letter to Penn State's board of trustees and university President Eric Barron asking that the statue be restored to a place of honor.

Greg Schiano has denied having any knowledge of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky when the two were working together at Penn State. O'Dea, a Williamsport native, was between stints at Cornell and Virginia in 1988, and didn't come to Penn State until 1991 as a graduate assistant, and later an assistant coach in 1992. "He stands by his statement and we stand by his statement".