Sandusky talks about allegations, Paterno in interview

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Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky said he never spoke with Joe Paterno about any suspected misconduct with minors, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Sandusky has been charged with 40 counts of molesting eight boys over 15 years and is free on bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing Dec. 13. A grand jury investigating Sandusky said in a report that some of the allegations occurred in the team showers, including a 2002 allegation in which a graduate assistant testified he saw Sandusky assaulting a young boy.

University trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9, four days after charges were filed against Sandusky, amid mounting pressure that school leaders should have done more to prevent alleged abuse.

During a lengthy interview at his lawyer’s home, Sandusky in an interview with the Times painted a picture of chaotic but friendly scenes involving children he described as extended family at his State College, Pa., home. The descriptions sharply contrast the shocking allegations involving children outlined in a grand jury report.

Sandusky said he and Paterno never spoke about the alleged 2002 incident or a 1998 child molestation complaint investigated by Penn State campus police.

UAB: Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino says UAB has hired Razorbacks offensive coordinator Garrick McGee as head coach.

Petrino issued a statement Saturday congratulating McGee on landing the job. A UAB spokesman says he hasn’t heard of a hiring.

The Blazers fired Neil Callaway after he concluded his fifth season without posting a winning record.

McGee, who also coaches quarterbacks, is in his fourth season with the Razorbacks and is a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant. He is a former Oklahoma quarterback.

Arkansas leads the Southeastern Conference in total and passing offense and is second in scoring.

McGee is a former Northwestern offensive coordinator who spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons as a quality control assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars under Petrino, who was quarterbacks coach.


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