Witness: Paterno Said Penn State ‘Screwed Up’ With Sandusky

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said that the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a former assistant coach testified Monday.

Mike McQueary was called as a witness in a hearing for three former Penn State officials accused in a cover-up of the scandal. He told the judge that the late Hall of Fame coach had told him that “Old Main screwed up” — referring to university administrators — responding to the allegations against Sandusky.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, retired university vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley are accused of failing to tell police about a sexual abuse allegation involving Sandusky and then trying to cover it up. They have proclaimed their innocence.

McQueary testified about an exchange in the week before Paterno’s firing in November 2011.

He recalled the head coach as saying that…

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