Embattled former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky attended the Oct. 29 Pen State vs. Illinois game in Graham Spainer’s president’s box, according to the Patriot-News. Sandusky was indicted on child-molestation charges just days later.
“I don’t understand how something like that can happen,” Brandon Short, a former Penn State linebacker who had been told by two independent sources about Sandusky’s presence in the box, said. “It’s for certain that the university was aware of these charges back in March, and at a minimum, we should have been much more prepared about the fallout.”
The Patriot-News reports that some Penn State officials did not want Sandusky on hand to watch legendary head coach Joe Paterno earn his record setting 409th victory at Beaver stadium. However, upon the insistence of Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, the former defensive coordinator was allowed to view the game from the box.
A team spokesperson, Bill Mahon, has said that Sandusky has not been on the guest list of the president's box in the past three years.
Sandusky is facing over 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys over a 15 year period. He has professed his innocence to both NBC and The New York Times. The child sex-abuse scandal has cost Paterno, 85, his job. Two other Penn State officials are charged with perjury and failure to report abuse in connection with the case and will face a preliminary hearing Friday.