Jay Paterno To Sue Penn State For "Rush To Judgment"

Jay Paterno, Joe Paterno's son and Penn State's former quarterbacks coach, is suing the university for an "unreliable rush to judgment" in the wake of the Freeh report.

The younger Paterno and former offensive coach Bill Kenney filed a 41-page suit on Monday that claims their firing "had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the Sandusky scandal," although they were not aware of Sandusky's crimes.

The lawsuit also claims that "there is no evidence that Joe Paterno, or any other Penn State assistant football coach, covered up known incidents of child molestation by Sandusky to protect Penn State football, to avoid bad publicity or for any other reason". It paints the Freeh report as an "unreliable rush to judgment", and claims that both parties were denied other jobs in college football as a direct result.

The suit reveals that Jay Paterno applied for head coaching jobs at Boston College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Colorado and James Madison University, but was not granted interviews for any of them. In 21 years on Penn State's coaching staff, Paterno spent four seasons as a tight ends/receivers coach, and seventeen as quarterbacks coach.



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