Penn State Child Rape Scandal About To Get Worse?

A Sports reporter in Pennsylvania is passing along a rumor that, if true, could turn the Penn State child rape scandal into a full blown disaster for the university:

In April, Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden wrote a story revealing Penn State for much of the cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged child rape that has been exposed in the past week. While it didn’t raise many eyebrows back then, six months later it looks to be incredibly accurate.

On Thursday morning, just hours after legendary head coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were fired by the school’s board of trustees, Madden was asked on The Dennis and Callahan Show what he believes the next piece of news will be.

What he said was twice as shocking as anything that’s been released thus far.

“I can give you a rumor and I can give you something I think might happen,” Madden told John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. “I hear there’s a rumor that there will be a more shocking development from the Second Mile Foundation — and hold on to your stomachs, boys, this is gross, I will use the only language I can — that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors. That was being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak.”

After the news spread, Madden later explained via Twitter why he went public with the rumors.

“I normally abhor giving RUMORS credence,” Madden wrote. “But whole Sandusky scandal started out as a RUMOR. It gets deeper and more disgusting all the time. One of state’s top columnists investigating. That adds credence. I am NOT rumor’s original source. [Why does] Sandusky deserve benefit of doubt?”

Madden also spoke more definitively on Dennis and Callahan to the cover-up efforts at the school and beyond that he expects will be made public soon.

“The other thing I think that may eventually become uncovered, and I talked about this in my original article back in April, is that I think they’ll find out that Jerry Sandusky was told that he had to retire in exchange for a cover-up,” Madden said. “If you look at the timeline, that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

If either one of those rumors is even remotely true, then one has to start wondering about the future of the Penn State football program and whether the NCAA may end up having to impose SMU-like sanctions on what was, until now, one of the nation’s most well-respected college athletics programs.

In other news, CNN reported late today that a tip line established by the police after the scandal became public has yielded more than a dozen calls from people saying they had been molested by Jerry Sandusky. Those allegations will obviously be investigated, and the indictments that have been issued may well end up getting amended.

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  1. Vast Variety says:
  2. @Vast Variety:

    The same arguments were made in response to the child molesters in the Catholic Church, sadly.

  3. Anna says:

    The NCAA had better sanction Penn State into the next century. Mark Emmert, President, NCAA, stated today “As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether Association bylaws have been violated and act ”

    At the very least, their bylaws have a general honesty rule:

    “10.01.1 Honesty & Sportsmanship Individuals employed by (or associated with) a member institution to administer, conduct or coach intercollegiate athletics and all participating student-athletes shall act with honesty and sportsmanship at all times so that intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals, shall represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports”

    If committing perjury during an investigation into child-rape in your athletics facility by an alleged perpetrator who clearly meets the definition of being “associated with” doesn’t warrant unprecedented sanctions, no NCAA team deserves any respect or dignity.

  4. Let’s consider our source. Mark Madden is an odious dirtbag.

  5. Barry says:

    @Anna: “If committing perjury during an investigation into child-rape in your athletics facility by an alleged perpetrator who clearly meets the definition of being “associated with” doesn’t warrant unprecedented sanctions, no NCAA team deserves any respect or dignity. ”

    Yes, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut – this wasn’t a case of athletes making a few dollars; it’s the Big Boyz, and it’s amazing how lenient the authorities get.

  6. James in LA says:

    @Vast Variety: Wow…anyone that has to have a whole website full of anti-gay rhetoric needs a looooooong look in the mirror. Sites like this pretend to be concerned with the assault victims while using it as a vehicle to promote a hateful agenda. Thankfully, no one buys it, and the sell-by date was sometime late last century.

    It is utterly irrelevant to what happened at Penn State, which is going to be sued into a one-room schoolhouse from a bygone age when it was quaint to diddle the altar boys— er, ah, young football fans.

  7. Before this is over, I think that Paterno will be found to have been smack in the middle of the cover up.

  8. Those allegations seem rather sensational, especially considering there’s absolutely no evidence provided to back them up. Now maybe they’ll prove to be substantiated in the future, but until then it seems extremely irresponsible to publish them right now.

  9. RemarksDC says:

    Jerry Sandusky was a registered Republican. Just saying….

  10. Brainster says:

    How exactly would Sandusky lead into this gradually, so that he could retain plausible deniability? I assume he doesn’t just start out with “If you give us $100 grand we’ll let you have one of the boys for a sleepover, nudge nudge, wink wink.”

    Remember, most rumors of child molesters working in rings turn out to be phony.

  11. Pug says:

    My son and brother both graduated from the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution, that once had a prominent basketball program. In the 1980’s, a basketball player, Quentin “San Quentin” Daley, sexually assaulted a nursing student and it was later revealed boosters had given money to players.

    The university president, Father LoSchiavo, unilaterally imposed the death penalty on the program. They did not particitpate in basketball again for over ten years.

    The good Father had his priorities well in order.

  12. chewinmule says:

    “While this isn’t just about football and lucrative college sports fiefdoms being protected at all costs, we know that goes on at every college in America that has a sports program and a high-dollar TV deal. When I was in grad school, I took a job as a tutor at the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department. It was an easy job, but it was frustrating. Most of these people were dummies who didn’t belong in college. Many tutors wrote papers for these guys and, as it turned out, that was a necessity. They were idiots, with a savant skill for the playing fields, period.
    I wrote about this in an op-ed in the Wisconsin State Journal, and, as I expected I would be after I wrote the piece, I was fired from that job. If I wanted to pursue it, I probably could have sued on First Amendment grounds, but I wrote the piece when I knew I’d soon be leaving town. After I wrote the piece, I received violent threats over the phone and in-person threats from giant athletes–both men and women–who approached me when I was at the bar with friends. I knew then, as I knew later as a sports agent, and as I still know, that in college sports, it’s “win at all cost.” “Protect the program.” There’s a reason Joe Paterno and Mike McQueary continued to work with a guy they knew had raped a kid in a shower and probably not for the first time. It’s the same reason they did only what they were legally required to do, a long way from what they were morally required to do, but didn’t.
    Again, this isn’t just about college sports. It’s about America, where courage and decency are uncommon and becoming less so by the minute in our Kardashian-drenched, tattooed-Barbie, “Don’t Snitch”-t-shirted country.
    We’ve lost our way. And many of us would, sadly, also say nothing, rather than rock the boat and report a rape of a kid that might jeopardize our comfortable livelihoods.”
    Debbie Schlussel
    Wish I’d said that!

  13. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Thanks Debbie. This whole thing stinks. Sandusky, Paterno, Spanier, McQuery are disgusting scum. The students that picketed right after to show support for Sandusky are scum. I will no longer watch college football. With all the negative things through the years about sports I have finally reached my limit. I am done with sports. Penn State made millions and now they want to improve their image by standing outside with candles and singing songs-it is so disgusting. I am so angry that a human being could see something this horrible and not do anything to stop it. What kind of sick, evil, heartless scum are these people. An innocent child, an innocent child hurt in such a horrible way-we should all be ashamed and outraged.

  14. LGore says:

    No longer is there the need to go over seas to get your perverse sex thrills. With a big enough checkbook and the right introductions. You too can get to rape underage boys in the without leaving the country. We have a long history (1998) of covering it up. Welcome to Penn State!
    Please someone invite me to their next fundraiser!!