Report: Joe Paterno may have known of earlier Jerry Sandusky abuse claim

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Report: Joe Paterno may have known of earlier Jerry Sandusky abuse claim

More evidence has surfaced that late Penn State head coach Joe Paterno knew of at least one other allegation his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky may have been sexually abusing children, according to CNN.

A state police report obtained by CNN states when Mike McQueary reported an incident in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy to Paterno in 2001, Paterno allegedly told McQueary his claim "was the second complaint of this nature he had received," per CNN.

According to the report, Paterno and McQueary did not discuss the other complaint. The police report was not written until after Sandusky's arrest in 2011, according to the report.

McQueary, a former Penn State coach, was the star witness in the case against Sandusky and his allegations led to Sandusky's 2012 conviction of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, with three victims coming after McQueary told Paterno about the incident in 2001.

Sandusky is serving his sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison and he has an appeal pending.

Paterno testified before a grand jury and in a published statement in 2012, he had "no inkling" about Sandusky until McQueary came to him in 2001. One day after he heard McQueary's allegation, Paterno reported it to his superiors.

However, court documents released in 2016 say that in 1976, Paterno told a teenage boy who reported being abused by Sandusky in a shower to him that he had "a football season to worry about."

Paterno died of lung cancer in January 2012 just two months after being fired by Penn State. The CNN report contradicts Paterno, his family and his supporters' denials the head coach had prior knowledge of Sandusky's abuse.

Last week, Penn State filed paperwork with the intention to sue The Second Mile, the charity Sandusky founded.

In June, three former Penn State administrators — including former president Graham B. Spanier — were sentenced to at least two months in prison for failing to report child sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky.

Penn State moves to No. 2 in AP poll thanks to Clemson loss

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Penn State moves to No. 2 in AP poll thanks to Clemson loss

They didn't play this week, but Penn State football still moved up in the AP poll.

Four of last week's top 10 fell Saturday, including No. 2 Clemson. The Tigers were shocked by Syracuse on Saturday, losing 27-24 in the Carrier Dome.

As a result, Penn State, 31-7 winners over Northwestern last Saturday, take Clemson's spot. Alabama remains the only team ahead of the Nittany Lions. The Crimson Tide, who trounced Arkansas, 41-9, Saturday night, is the unanimous No. 1, receiving all 61 first-place votes. Georgia slides up a spot to No. 3, while No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Wisconsin round out the top five. 

Penn State was last ranked as high as No. 2 on Oct. 31, 1999. The Nittany Lions next play 5-1 Michigan, ranked No. 19, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. 

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Penn State moves up to No. 3 in latest AP poll

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Penn State moves up to No. 3 in latest AP poll

It took a few weeks, but Penn State is finally moving on up in the AP poll.

By virtue of Saturday's 31-7 victory at Northwestern and Oklahoma's stunning loss at home to unranked heavy underdog Iowa State, Penn State has climbed up to No. 3 in the nation.

Penn State had been holding steady at No. 4 for the previous three weeks.

The Nittany Lions are behind only No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson, last season's National Championship Game participants.

Head coach James Franklin's team has a bye this coming week, and the Lions will need all the rest they can get as they'll return for back-to-back titanic matchups, first at home on Oct. 21 vs. No. 16 Michigan and then at The Horseshoe vs. No. 8 Ohio State on Oct. 28.

No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Georgia round out this week's Top 5.

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