The Internet can be a dangerous place of half-truths and people offering up unverified claims to support their cause.
Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel tried to lay out all the facts of Greg Schiano’s involvement in the Penn State Jerry Sandusky trial. The same justification many Tennessee fans used Sunday to make sure Schiano didn’t become the next Volunteers’ head coach.
The meat of the piece comes from a deposition given by Penn State whistleblower Mike McQueary
From the deposition:
Q: “Did [Bradley] tell you that he had had information concerning Gerald Sandusky and children?”
A: “He said he knew of some things. … He said another assistant coach had come to him in the early ’90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had — someone had come to him as far back as early as the ’80s about seeing Jerry Sandusky doing something with a boy.”
Q: “Did he identify who the other coaches were that had given him this information?”
A: “The one in the early ’90s, yes.”
Q: “And who was that?”
A: “Greg Schiano …”
Q: “And did he give you any details about what Coach Schiano had reported to him?”
A: “No, only that he had – I can’t remember if it was one night or one morning, but that Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower. And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.”
Wetzel goes on to explain that if Schiano was really involved, someone else also would have brought him up, yet this is the only mention of him throughout the entire process involving all the cases surrounding Penn State and Jerry Sandusky. The conversation essentially amounts to McQueary saying he heard about Schiano second hand and is more or less “hearsay.”
However, unless you want to throw out any semblance of fairness or due process in these kinds of cases, then there is just no way to conclude that such a thing absolutely occurred. Bradley testified under oath that he had no knowledge of Sandusky’s actions, meaning it’s his sworn testimony against McQueary’s.
This is a non-specific allegation based on a second-hand account recalled at least a decade after the fact. It’s also possible McQueary never mentioned it to anyone else despite years of being a cooperating witness for prosecutors desperately seeking just this kind of information.
He then goes on to try and prove how McQueary was an excellent witness and was very cooperative throughout the Penn State investigation. His last line makes his point very clear, saying Tennessee fans had questionable reasoning for their reaction on Sunday: “That isn’t a lot of reason to go paint rocks – and use them to crush a man’s career and reputation.”