The fallout from the report that former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky molested several boys during his time with the program, and following his retirement, has made Penn State a very “Unhappy Valley” the past 48 hours.
It has left current Jet and former Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin confused and saddened.
The accusations that Sandusky had inappropriate conduct with several young boys, all pre-teens, inside the team’s on-campus facilities have rocked one of the nation’s most prominent programs. Athletic Director Tim Curley and Interim Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz both stepped down on Sunday night amidst allegations of a cover-up of Sandusky’s molestation. Sandusky was the program’s defensive coordinator from 1977 to 1999.
“It’s very unfortunate. Obviously I wasn’t a player under coach Sandusky, but with me being there for the amount of time that I was, I got to know him and a bunch of the guys involved in the investigation,” Maybin said. “Obviously nobody really knows how it’s going to play out, what’s true, what’s not. I’m praying for the families of those affected.”
Sandusky continued to maintain an office at the team’s facility well after retirement, where he ran the Second Mile program for underprivileged children. University officials, aware of the molestation that took place on campus, forebode Sandusky from bringing any more children onto campus as part of the program, but did not report the incident to the police.
The former defensive coordinator is married and has six adopted children. In 2001, he published his autobiography, uncomfortably titled “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story.
“Obviously when you have a subject that is so sensitive, you have to watch what you say. You have eight families right now that have been affected, you definitely don’t want to step on anyone’s toes,” Maybin said. “It’s an unfortunate situation and hopefully it will get sorted out from there.”
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