Still thinking the Jerry Sandusky story with little boys starts in 1998? We told you that Paterno was worried that Jerry was turning down too many opportunities in the early 1980s. Flash-forward to 1988 and Sandusky was STILL turning down coaching jobs. The big news from 1988 was that Sandusky spurned Temple because of his relationship with the Second Mile foundation. Jerry was 44 and didn’t want to leave State College.
Via Jerry’s hometown newspaper, the Observer-Reporter – Dec. 21, 1988:
“From my standpoint the options were very attractive. With the option of staying at Penn State there are so many things here. There’s the university, the football program, the community, everything that I’m involved with in working with kids. Those are meaningful parts of my life.”
Sandusky admitted his community commitments, including The Second Mile home for troubled youths and a rapidly growing foster parents program, played a major factor in his decision. His parents, Art and Evie Sandusky, moved to State College nearly two years ago to help Jerry in the administration of those programs.