The contest, however, is almost an afterthought considering the shocking developments.
“He’s a figurehead for this school,” said McGinn, who stood in front of the student union Monday afternoon holding a sign that read, “I paid a six-figure tuition and all I got was this lousy sex scandal.”
Sandusky was prohibited from holding youth sports camps on campus in 2002, but continued to hold them through 2008 under his Sandusky Associates company at the university’s Behrend campus, just outside Erie.
“We provided the facilities for it,” Behrend spokesman Bill Gonda said Monday. “There were no allegations, no complaints during his tenure here.”
Sandusky also operated football camps at Penn State Capital College in Middletown, Robert Morris University and Muhlenberg College, among others, according to his website, which is now offline.
The camp was aimed at students from fourth grade through high school and offered personal attention and coaching from Sandusky.
Happy Valley has been consumed by the scandal since Sandusky, once revered as the architect of the “Linebacker U.” defenses, was charged over the weekend. Penn State athletic director Tim Curley _ Paterno’s boss _ and senior vice president Gary Schultz have stepped down, and they surrendered Monday in Harrisburg on charges of perjury and that they failed to alert police about abuse complaints.
Lawyers for Sandusky, Curley and Schultz have said their clients are innocent. Paterno, in a statement Sunday issued by his son, Scott, said he was shocked and saddened by the allegations.
“If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers,” Paterno said in the statement.
But Happy Valley has always been different, where the program boasts the slogan “Success with Honor.”
“Can they say ‘Success with Honor’ anymore?” asked Rebecca Durst, owner of Rinaldo’s Barber Shop, a fixture in State College since 1926.
At a news conference, Noonan and state Attorney General Linda Kelly were peppered with questions about whether Paterno was given details about what graduate assistant Mike McQueary _ now the team’s wide receivers coach _ saw on the night of March 1, 2002.
Paterno has referred to his grand jury testimony in which he testified that he was informed by a graduate assistant that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of the team locker room. Prosecutors have said Paterno passed on the information to Curley.
But Paterno said specific actions alleged to have occurred in the grand jury report were not relayed to him.
“It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the grand jury report,” Paterno said in the statement. “Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.”