That's according to what former Nittany Lions linebacker Brandon Short said during an appearance Wednesday afternoon on ESPN's Outside the Lines (audio above). Citing what he called "two independent sources," Short said Jerry Sandusky watched Penn State defeat Illinois from the box that belonged to Graham Spanier, who has since resigned as Penn State's president in the wake of the Sandusky scandal. And later Wednesday, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, citing sources of its own, confirmed what Short said. To which the Patriot-News added:
A source close to the Penn State board of trustees told The Patriot-News that Sandusky was seen in the president's box that day and later went to the Nitttany Lion Club.
The source, who requested anonymity out of fear of jeopardizing business relationships, also told The Patriot-News that [Tim] Curley [the athletic director at the time] originally did not want to give Sandusky tickets to the game, but Sandusky's wife, Dottie, was so insistent that he eventually relented.
The Illinois-Penn State game, which resulted in Joe Paterno's record-setting 409th career victory, was played Oct. 29 at Beaver Stadium. Six days later, on Nov. 4, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office released the summary of a grand jury's findings charging Sandusky with 40 counts of child sexual abuse against eight children—figures that have since grown to 52 counts against 10 children, with additional possible victims reported to have come forward with new allegations. And one day after that, two administrators—Curley, who's now on leave, and senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz, who has since resigned—were charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury about what they knew. Note that the Patriot-News's source says it was Curley who issued Sandusky and his wife their tickets.