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Jerry Sandusky’s 1999 Retirement: Evidence Points to Him Being Forced Out

When Jerry Sandusky retired as Penn State’s defensive coordinator in 1999, was it because he decided he was done coaching, or because the football program asked him to step down to keep a 1998 sexual molestation case quiet? The more we review all the information from the time period, the more we’re convinced an agreement was reached for Sandusky to walk away from his job and leave college football for good. There are many reasons that support this theory.

When Sandusky retired after the 1999 season, it was publicly said that he was retiring to spend more time with The Second Mile charity.

Two items from the grand jury presentment could contradict that explanation.

1) Former vice president of business and finance, Gary Schultz, testified that “Sandusky retired when Paterno felt it was time to make a coaching change and also to take advantage of an enhanced retirement benefit under Sandusky’s state pension.”

2) Victim 4 from the presentment “remembers Sandusky being emotionally upset after having a meeting with Joe Paterno in which Paterno told Sandusky he would not be the next head coach at Penn State and which preceded Sandusky’s retirement. Sandusky told Victim 4 not to tell anyone about that meeting. That meeting occurred in May, 1999.”

The problem is the timeline of events proves that Schultz’s explanation does not make sense. Let’s take a look.

May, 1998: Jerry Sandusky is investigated by campus police for showering with a young boy in Penn State facilities. No charges are filed and the case is closed by Gary Schultz.

Sept-Dec, 1998: Jerry Sandusky coordinates the defense of a Penn State team that goes 9-3 and allows opposing teams to score an average of 15.25 points per game.

January, 1999: Sandusky expresses strong interest in developing a football program at Penn State Altoona, where they did not have a football team. Sandusky was still a Penn State coach at this time. Altoona is 40 miles from State College.

May, 1999: Jerry Sandusky is informed by Joe Paterno that he will not be the head coach at Penn State.

July, 1999: Jerry Sandusky announces that the upcoming season will be his last and that he is retiring.

Dec, 1999: Jerry Sandusky, already investigated for sexual assault, takes young boy who is not his son to the Alamo Bowl and allegedly assaults him while on the trip.

Dec, 1999: Penn State finishes the season 10-3 and shuts out Texas A&M in Sandusky’s final game.

Dec, 1999: Sandusky receives professor emeritus standing at Penn State including an office on campus. He receives access to all rec facilities, a parking pass, an internet account, faculty discounts at the book store, and educational privileges. He had full access to the football facilities as well.

There are two questions I have and both point to Sandusky being forced out. In his testimony, Gary Schultz says Joe Paterno felt it was time to make a coaching change. Jerry Sandusky announced his retirement before the season. If Paterno wanted to make a coaching change, why would he allow Sandusky to coach the 1999 season? He wouldn’t have, so there are conflicting explanations. Additionally, how many coaches who are essentially fired also receive the types of privileges Sandusky received?

Second question: If Paterno told Sandusky in May, 1999, that he wasn’t going to be Penn State’s head coach, why did Sandusky remain retired instead of trying to become head coach elsewhere? It was obvious in 1999 — and earlier — that he wanted to be a head coach.

Sandusky was considered for head coaching jobs of Maryland in 1991 and 1996, and Virginia in 2000. He cited his ties to The Second Mile as reasons for not taking those jobs. He was obviously very interested in becoming a head coach throughout his career. Why did he give that up? Because he valued The Second Mile more? Then why didn’t he try to build a program at Penn State Altoona which was nearby his charity? Is it because one of the conditions of his retirement was that he couldn’t coach elsewhere?

There are contradictions for every reason given for Jerry Sandusky’s abrupt retirement in 1999.

We’ve laid out all the facts and the entire timeline of events. Now it’s up to you to decide if Sandusky’s retirement was legitimate, or if it seems like he was forced out in order to keep everything quiet, which would indicate that the cover-up was going on since at least 1998.

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



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  • Gene

    Very logical deduction by you based on the timeline.  It was about 1998-1999 that approval was given for the expansion of Beaver Stadium to a capacity of 107,000 plus, including luxury boxes.  That expansion, completed in 2001, made the stadium the second largest (Michigan was first).  Is it possible that the project upped the stakes for the alleged coverup?

  • Gene

    Very logical deduction by you based on the timeline.  It was about 1998-1999 that approval was given for the expansion of Beaver Stadium to a capacity of 107,000 plus, including luxury boxes.  That expansion, completed in 2001, made the stadium the second largest (Michigan was first).  Is it possible that the project upped the stakes for the alleged coverup?

  • Gene

    Very logical deduction by you based on the timeline.  It was about 1998-1999 that approval was given for the expansion of Beaver Stadium to a capacity of 107,000 plus, including luxury boxes.  That expansion, completed in 2001, made the stadium the second largest (Michigan was first).  Is it possible that the project upped the stakes for the alleged coverup?

  • Gene

    Very logical deduction by you based on the timeline.  It was about 1998-1999 that approval was given for the expansion of Beaver Stadium to a capacity of 107,000 plus, including luxury boxes.  That expansion, completed in 2001, made the stadium the second largest (Michigan was first).  Is it possible that the project upped the stakes for the alleged coverup?

  • Gene

    Very logical deduction by you based on the timeline.  It was about 1998-1999 that approval was given for the expansion of Beaver Stadium to a capacity of 107,000 plus, including luxury boxes.  That expansion, completed in 2001, made the stadium the second largest (Michigan was first).  Is it possible that the project upped the stakes for the alleged coverup?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NT4SAIEPXOHJ4YNHZSUISUTMUQ Michael

    Pedophile State University is a cesspool that needs to be drained from top to bottom.  Shut it down!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Winkler/1298284638 John Winkler

    My intuition is telling me cover up. And the 1998-1999 decision to put the temporary reputation of the university above the moral obligation to have Sandusky charged for child abuse has now caused a bigger problem that what was perceived by the University and Head Football Coach at the time. Now Paterno is dancing and trying to deflect his moral responsibility as a human being . Of course we can look back as say IF Paterno would have said Sandusky you are not only fired you are a sick human being and you need to face the music.. Paterno would be a hero. But instead Paterno is now exposed as putting his self interest above morality.  AND Later in this sad story…. if the assistant coach who witnessed Sandusky sodomizing a 10 year old boy in the Penn State Athletic dept showers would have  stopped it called the police he would be a hero.  But now we have everyone trying to cover their butts. Its sad and the victims hopefully will be afforded all legal options. The University clearly knew and allowed the molester to have access. Joe Pa the cover up has disgraced you and Penn State  for a long time. 

  • Anonymous

    First a correction, Schultz did not close the 1998 investigation,  the DA supposedly decided to not press charges.  Second there is no evidence that Joe Paterno knew anything about the 1998 incident. The evidence so far indicates that, unlike Schultz, he had knowledge only of the 2002 incident.  Third, it would be interesting to find out who was responsible for Jerry Sandusky’s retirement package and the granting of emeritus status to him, it wasn’t Joe Paterno.  Sandusky appears to have had connections to higher ups in the Administration and the Board of Trustees.. He had numerous dealings with them as a result of his being the head of Second Mile.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y45636U77U65VJKAHS7JNQQXJA Steve

    What about JS going after the UVa job in 2000? According to this article,(http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-11-10/sports/30381413_1_joe-paterno-jerry-sandusky-coaching)  he was offered the job but negotiations reached an “impasse.” I think Paterno nixed him and UVa scrambled to convince alum Al Groh to leave the NFL Jets on short notice to take the job. I also think that it’s hard to believe that Paterno knew nothing of the ’98 incident. 

  • Anonymous

    If he had these so called higher up connections than jopa then why was he left go after a brilliant career ar psu? this a school that allows football to run the place.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for speaking what I consider to be the truth or as close as we will ever know it.

  • Anonymous

    It is hard to think that grads and students of PSU still think that Joe P didn’t have full knowledge of what was going on with his staff and what the administration was doing in concern with one of his coaching staff. If Joe was froze out of what going on with HIS football team and staff, I truly believe he would have made it a point to find out, unless HE is and was a major part of the coverup.

  • Katie Mentor

    Mr Brown ~
    Thank you for arriving at the same conclusions many of us, Nittany Lions fans have.
    It is now time for all of us to request ‘punishment’ for the remaining 3 ‘guilty parties’ as talked of in the Freeh Report – Spanier, Schultz & Curley? 
    An albatross should dangle from their necks tarnishing their future job prospects and reputations. 
    Why throw the book only at Paterno?
    These other 3 men should shoulder equal punishment – loss of job benefits- past and future, the inability to land future good jobs and their individual dignity. Their families should not be allowed Penn State privileges either – this includes Mrs. Spanier… too bad she has proven herself  - time to leave State College.  
    If the NCAA can quickly slam big penalties to Penn State – Penn State can act quickly as well. DO IT & wipe the slate clean! 
    And what? Penn State isn’t going after the $168,000 lump sum given to Sandusky in ’99? Why? Those dollars could go towards legal fees, a project towards healing those ill-treated boys, and students, alum and employees cheated of pride in their school. 
    McQuery should also be moving on to another job – his administrative leave is done!
    DO IT! Assign extreme punishments before the Fall Season starts. It’s only fair to us all. DO IT!Let us all get to healing.