The link between Jerry Sandusky and D.C.’s closest BCS conference football programs has been pretty well discussed in recent days, but not, I don't think, on our site.
And so, if you haven’t seen this stuff, here’s a disturbing trip through The Post’s archives.
Dec., 1991: After a horrific season ended the Joe Krivak era in College Park, Sandusky was mentioned as a possible replacement. Fairly quickly, however, The Post wrote that Sandusky “told [then-AD Andy] Geiger ...that he no longer wished to be considered for the job.”
In a column on the vacancy, Tony Kornheiser wrote that Sandusky took his name out of consideration “presumably after checking with Joe Paterno and finding out yes, it was that Maryland.”
Nov., 1996: Krivak’s replacement, Mark Duffner, was fired, and Debbie Yow’s list of potential candidates reportedly included “Florida State assistant Chuck Amato, Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, New England Patriots assistant Al Groh, Colorado State Coach Sonny Lubick, Ohio State offensive coordinator Walt Harris, East Carolina Coach Steve Logan, Louisville Coach Ron Cooper and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen, a former Maryland assistant.”
Within a week, The Post quoted Sandusky saying he was “very interested” and hoped to land an interview with Yow.
“That’s a great opportunity,” said Sandusky, who was then in his 29th year at Penn State.
“Being a head coach is something I’d like to do. I’ve been at that stage for a long time. I look at Maryland as a great opportunity, and I would be interested,” he told the Baltimore Sun.
By early December, Yow said she had contacted 15 candidates including Sandusky but had settled on Ron Vanderlinden.
“Maryland’s going to be lucky because I swear to God they’re going to win,” said Tim Scharf, a senior linebacker at Northwestern, in defense of Vanderlinden. “I guarantee it....[Maryland’s] players might question him at first. But they’ll be thankful because they’re going to win.”
And Sandusky wasn’t thrilled. He told The Sun he was “not dealt with honestly.”
“I last talked to someone from Maryland last Friday,” he said. “There was supposed to be a conference call with the screening committee Monday, but they called my wife Sunday night and said they couldn’t get it together.”
Ken Rosenthal later dinged Sandusky for “moaning” about his treatment.
1998: In a long profile of Yow, The Post reported that Deane Shure, a founder of Maryland’s football booster club, “had recommended Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for the vacant head coaching position. Yow had an interview scheduled with Sandusky but canceled it when Vanderlinden, her top candidate, showed serious interest.”
Yow and Shure exchanged fairly heated e-mails about the role of boosters in selecting a coach.
1999: After Sandusky retired from Penn State, Ken Denlinger wrote a long profile of the coach. It included this passage:
Sandusky admits he coveted the Maryland job that went to Ron Vanderlinden three years ago but refuses to dwell on it other than to say, “I was not disappointed that they didn’t hire me, but I was with the way everything transpired.”
Dec 2000:The Newport News Daily Press reported that Virginia had interviewed among others, “defensive coordinators Bud Foster of Virginia Tech, Jerry Sandusky of Penn State and Jon Tenuta of Ohio State; offensive coordinators Kevin Rogers of Notre Dame and Jim Chaney of Purdue; and Michigan assistant head coach Fred Jackson” for its vacant job.
By late December, The Post reported that “Jerry Sandusky has emerged as the front-runner to be Virginia’s next football coach. Sandusky, who retired last year after 32 seasons as an assistant at Penn State, including the last 23 as defensive coordinator, could be hired this week.”
David Teel recounted those days in a column this week:
According to stories written at the time by the Daily Press’ Dave Johnson and Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Jeff White, Sandusky interviewed twice in Charlottesville with Virginia officials, including then-president John Casteen. Moreover, a Cavaliers delegation that included Casteen and Holland later flew to Pennsylvania to meet with Sandusky.
Still unconvinced Sandusky’s heart was in a return to football, Holland and Casteen then flew to New Jersey and met with Groh, whom they hired within 48 hours.
After Groh’s appointment, White reached Sandusky at his Pennsylvania home and told him Virginia questioned his commitment to coaching. Sandusky did not object.
“I’m a very complex person,” he told White. “I couldn’t deny the importance of Second Mile in my life. I could have played a game and said I was something different than I am, but that’s not me.”
Sandusky never became a head coach.
(Much of this previously appeared at Cheap Seats Daily.)