Given the amount of sexual assault allegations against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, and the evidence that points to a large-scale cover-up in State College, many people figured that all the coaches on staff had to know something. We have been measured regarding our assertions of who knew what (and when), because it would be unfair to assume that everyone knew everything. Two current assistant coaches say they did not know of the 2002 rape allegation against Jerry Sandusky until recently.
Larry Johnson, the team’s co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, told ESPN “When you read the report, it sucks the life out of you. You read things that no one should be treated that way. Absolutely did not know anything that transpired in 2002. Whether people believe it or not is not really important thing, I think that’s something that we feel has to be told.”
Johnson has been on staff for 15 years, so he was around when the 2002 incident occurred. He also coached with Jerry Sandusky, so he may have been privy to some of the affairs from that time, including the 1998 investigation.
Assistant Ron Vanderlinden has more of an excuse because he has only been on staff since 2001. The current co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach vehemently denies any knowledge of anything until the recent investigation began.