What Did Joe Paterno Know About Jerry Sandusky In 1998? Esquire Unearths Curious New Details From Paterno's PapersDom Cosentino5/23/12 10:52amFiled to: Penn state scandalJoe PaternoJerry sanduskyJerry sandusky child abusePenn State Nittany LionsCrimeCollege FootballNewsEsquireGettypicTop101EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIn the final interview of his life, the infamous "rape and a man" interview, Joe Paterno told Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post that he knew nothing about a 1998 police investigation into Jerry Sandusky, who, at the time, was still Penn State's defensive coordinator. (That investigation was launched four years before Mike McQueary peered into the showers at the Lasch Football Building.) "You know," Paterno told Jenkins, "it wasn't like it was something everybody in the building knew about. Nobody knew about it."