Thursday, November 10, 2011
An alert reader sent me this link; it's to an effusively hagiographic profile of Jerry Sandusky for Sports Illustrated back in 1999. The piece is worth reading from start to finish because, given what we now know, it's both thoroughly disturbing and a treasure trove of gallows humor gold.
The "zingers" come fast and furious, but this is my personal favorite:
"Partly because of his Second Mile responsibilities, Sandusky turned down a prime head coaching opportunity, at Maryland in 1991, and his decision to retire at the end of this season (his last game will be the Dec. 28 Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M) was partly based on his wanting to get more involved in fund-raising and program development for the organization. 'Jerry has always been our heart and soul,' says Hank Lesch, Second Mile's vice president of development."
Yup. He wanted to get much more involved, apparently. And I guess we now have an idea what it is about Second Mile that would make him give up a head coaching job.
This, though, is probably the most inadvertently prescient line of all:
"Here's the best thing you can say about Jerry Sandusky: He's the main reason that Penn State is Linebacker U... and linebackers aren't even his enduring legacy."
I would say so.