Embattled former head coach Joe Paterno will speak publically for the first time since he was fired in an interview with the Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins this weekend.
Paterno was fired by Penn State on Nov. 9 for not fully reporting his knowledge Jerry Sandusky’s alleged sexual assaults against children. He was at the helm in Happy Valley for 46 years, compiling a record 409 victories.
Sandusky, Paterno’s longtime former defensive coordinator, was arrested on child molestation charges in early November, stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred between 1994 and 2009, involving several young boys. Since then, Paterno, as well as university president Graham Spainer, athletic director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz have all been forced out of their positions with the school. Paterno became aware of the infractions in 2002 when a graduate assistant told the head coach that he had witnessed Sandusky molesting a ten-year-old boy at the school’s football facility. The legendary head coach in turn reported the incident to the administration, however, the administration failed to notify the police, breaking Pennsylvania law.