As the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal continues to grow legs at Penn State, it has even stretched over to a coach at another Big Ten East power.
New Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach for the Nittany Lions from 1990-1995. On Tuesday, Schiano appeared in a court deposition by former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, who shared a story he was told by Tom Bradley, a longtime Penn State defensive assistant who took over Sandusky’s coordinator job in 2000.
The story McQueary shared allegedly took place in the early 1990s and describes Schiano entering Bradley’s office “white as a ghost” and claiming that he’d just seen Sandusky performing sexual actions with a child in the shower.
Schiano adamantly denied seeing any wrongdoing on Sandusky’s part while coaching at Penn State to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“I never saw any abuse, nor had reason to suspect any abuse, during my time at Penn State,” Schiano told Schefter.
McQueary testified that Bradley, who is now the defensive coordinator at UCLA, did not indicate whether or not he had reported Schiano’s allegation to anyone.
McQueary was the former Nittany Lions assistant whose testimony about Sandusky helped open the investigation into the former defensive coordinator’s abuse of young boys in the Penn State football facilities. In 2012, Sandusky was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison after he was convicted on 45 counts of abusing 10 different boys over a multi-year period.
The deposition that tied Schiano and Bradley to the Penn State scandal was first reported by Roar Lions Roar, a Penn State blog. It came out the same day the Washington Post reported that one of Sandusky’s former victims testified in 2014 that he approached former head coach Joe Paterno in 1976 about being assaulted by Sandusky when he was 14 years old. The victim alleged in court that Paterno, who died in 2012, dismissed his complaint at the time.
Schiano is in his eighth month as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator, a role he shares with long-time Buckeyes assistant Luke Fickell. The former Rutgers head coach is coaching for the first time since 2013, which was his final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Schiano is best known for building up the Rutgers program, which he coached from 2001 to 2011. Schiano was 68-67 at the helm, including a 5-1 mark in bowl games. In that span, he took Rutgers to its first bowl game since 1978, its first Top 25 ranking and first 10-win season since 1976. In 2006, he was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year after guiding the Scarlet Knights to an 11-2 season.
In December, he joined Ohio State’s staff to replace Chris Ash, who ironically left to become the head coach at Rutgers.
Bradley is entering his second season as UCLA’s defensive coordinator. He served the same role at Penn State from 2000-2011, immediately following Sandusky’s retirement, and had been on the defensive coaching staff since 1979. He served as the team’s interim coach after Paterno resigned in 2011, right after the Sandusky investigation had started.