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New Excerpts Of Paterno Biography Detail A Tumultuous Relationship With Sandusky

Joe Paterno. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Joe Paterno. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) Joe Posnanski’s biography of Joe Paterno titled Paterno is set to hit bookstores Tuesday.

Newly released excerpts of the book show that Paterno had a rather tumultuous relationship with former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted on 45 counts of child-sex abuse.

Check out a few of the excerpts below.

On if Paterno ever considered calling the police:

“To be honest with you, I didn’t,” Paterno responded. “This isn’t my field. I didn’t know what to do. I had not seen anything. Jerry didn’t work for me anymore. I didn’t have anything to do with him. I tried to look through the Penn State guidelines to see what I was supposed to do. It said that I was supposed to call Tim (Curley.) So I did.”

On people saying he protected Sandusky over children

“How could they think that?” he asked, and no one had the heart to answer. “They really think that if I knew someone was hurting kids, I wouldn’t stop it?”

They looked at him.

“Don’t they know me? Don’t they know what my life has been about?”

On Jerry Sandusky

In 1993, Paterno wrote what the family would sometimes call the “Why I Hate Jerry Sandusky Memo.” In it Paterno complained that Sandusky had stopped recruiting, seemed constantly distracted, had lost his energy for coaching, and was more interested in his charity, The Second Mile. “He would gripe about Jerry all the time,” one family member said.

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