Barry Switzer: Penn State Coaches Had to Know About Jerry Sandusky

Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer is saying what many people believe about Joe Paterno and his coaching staff at Penn State: they had to know about Jerry Sandusky. What gives Switzer’s word slightly more credence is that he was the head coach of a big-time college football program for 16 years and was a coach in other capacities for an additional 20 years.

“Having been in this profession a long time and knowing how close coaching staffs are, I knew that this was a secret that was kept secret,” Switzer told The Oklahoman. “Everyone on that staff had to have known, the ones that had been around a long time.”

The question is: To what end did they know? Did they know that Jerry Sandusky was investigated in 1998 for alleged sexual assaults? Or did they just think his attachment to kids was a bit strange? We’ve also heard the opposite from people who believe Sandusky was just a good guy who was charitable.

If the coaches, including Joe Paterno, knew that Jerry Sandusky had a history of alleged sexual assaults and still did little after the alleged ’02 anal rape witnessed by Mike McQueary, then the conclusion that there was a systemic coverup is fair. But if they did not know about past abuse investigations, and just thought something was odd, then Paterno’s behavior was somewhat more understandable.

H/T Eric Bickel

More on the Penn State Scandal:
Jerry Sandusky Could Face Criminal Charges in San Antonio
Why Did Campus Police Director Call Off ’98 Jerry Sandusky Investigation?
Paterno Likely Did Not Know in ’02 What We Know About Sandusky Now
Urge to Rip Joe Paterno Leaves Society Ignoring Most Important Lesson

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  • http://socimages.blogsome.com/ Alessandra

    The cover-up at PSU is huge. The question is: can we find anyone with integrity to investigate what happened? It seems everyone was covering for everyone for more than 15 years…

    There’s at least ten people seriously involved in this case, aside from the University and the “Second Mile” kid’s foundation as institutions.

    What about the top managers in the Second Mile foundation? What did they know and when did they know it? And what did they purposefully NOT report?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PWZQZ3TA7INZDHAGQGSYKKIAIM ToddB

    Switzer is awesome, and kudos to him for telling it like it is.  I like sports as much as the next guy, but this is way more important than a stupid football game.  These idiots that covered up for this scumbag need to have their reputations ruined.  Idiots, and fake ass leader of men nonsense.  A leader doesn’t sit around begging for the attention of 20 year old’s.  If I have to hear all the “I appreciate you all coming out and supporting me” crap one more time I am gonna puke.  Maybe if they had a coherent younger man running that   program (think 65) this wouldn’t have happened. 

  • Gene

    I think a deal was cut after the 1998 investigation and Sandusky was allowed to use the facilities as part of the cover up.  I agree with Switzer that everyone of prominence in the football program knew what was going on.

    Usually a successful defensive coordinator who would not be promoted to head coach goes somewhere else to be head coach (example Bo Pellini).  This is especially ture of a healthy 55 year old d-coordinator.

  • Anonymous

    In the final analysis,we all must answer to the MAN Above…No matter how much Yo Pa did,and there is no question he did a huge amount for Penn State,perhaps he will go down in history and always be remembered for what HE DID NOT DO…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Martin-Everhart/100000803195223 Martin Everhart

    And this coming from the king of sleeze himself.