Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence

Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence

by Bill Moushey, Robert Dvorchak

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It's a scandal that began in a place called Happy Valley. But it's not as happy as it once was, as the child-sex-abuse charges against a longtime coach have rocked America and Division 1 college sports.

The shocking stories started to pour out after the November 6, 2011, arrest of Jerry Sandusky, a former coach under the Penn State football legend Joe Paterno. Sandusky had been Paterno's top lieutenant for thirty-two years. He was also the founder of a charity, The Second Mile, that devoted itself to helping disadvantaged youth. The numerous boys in Sandusky's program who have come forward told a grand jury lurid stories of a sexual predator who stalked and abused them.

In Game Over, journalists Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak investigate the shocking details of how a culture built around one deified coach with a glorious vision to have “success with honor” failed to act in the best interests of the most vulnerable. Penn State has been consumed in this firestorm that spiraled downward into the worst scandal in the history of college sports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062201348
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bill Moushey is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist who specializes in documenting abuses of the criminal justice system. He worked with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for twenty-three years before becoming a professor in the School of Communication at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. In 1997 he won the National Press Club's Freedom of Information Award for his groundbreaking exposé of an out-of-control witness protection program.

Bob Dvorchak worked for forty-four years as a journalist with Uniontown Newspapers Inc., the Associated Press, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has received awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Golden Quill awards program for deadline reporting and sportswriting.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Birth of a Legend 11

2 The Age of Paterno 26

3 Sandusky Makes His Mark 32

4 The First Clues 53

5 Independent Allegations 67

6 Paterno's Impact 80

7 The Beginning of the End of Sandusky 98

8 The Investigation Widens 110

9 Cover-up 127

10 The Arrest 142

11 Insularity and Isolation 178

12 Sandusky Speaks 204

13 The Court of Public Opinion 219

14 The Great Pretender 237

15 Prehminary Hearing for Curley and Schultz 253

16 Penn State's Reputation 269

17 A Coach's Farewell 285

18 Civil Lawsuits 302

Epilogue 315


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Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PATHETIC "Journalism"...First, the actual FACTS from the charging documents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office don't go with this "smear novel" version of events. Secondly, Jerry Sandusky, Gary Schultz and Tom Curley are the ONLY three charged of ANY WRONG DOING and they are "mysteriously" missing from the front cover and lastly, PENN STATE UNVERSITY is much bigger than the three individuals charged. Don't let this SICK false story of events cloud what excellent academic and athletic achievements this University stands for. If this author wanted to do any good, he should have let justice work its course for these alleged victims and not smear the facts to best fit HIS sleazy story.
MauricePA More than 1 year ago
This book smacks of pure sensationalism. This is just a flagrant grab at getting people's money for things they either already know. I am sadly disappointed in Barnes & Noble in even carrying this book. What's next, National Enquirer as "Staff Pick"? I would rate it zero stars if it registered. For the record, NO I am not a Penn State Alumni.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apparently the authors are less concerned about the truth of a terrible incident, instead pumping out sensationalist stories to make money at other's expense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A work of fiction. Great picture of Joe Paterno on the cover. By the way where is Sandusky's picture? No Pultizer prize here. Waste of time, money and effort. This deserves no stars. Everything in here has already been written, the rest is speculation. Can't get the facts, no one would talk to us............. etc. Don't waste your money or your TIME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LACK OF JOURNALISTIC ETHICS! Facts are now fiction? We can not wait until the trial to write this? No mention of Sandusky, Second Mile, or AG drive for higher political office? Choice of photo emphasizes why the rush.....facts and reality would defeat the purpose....sell sensationalism! Lack of editorial judgement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like many people, I had heard of the shocking firing of Joe Paterno, beloved head football coach and philanthropist at Penn State. Paterno, "JoePa" ran one of the most successful football programs in college football history. One of Paterno's assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky has been suspected of and was actually witnessed raping, molesting, and sexually asaulting boys as young as ten years old. A Grand Jury concluded that there was enough evidence to charge Sandusky with around 50 crimes related to these acts. His trial, soon to begin, is the culmination of years of allegedly abusing young boys "groomed" by this monster. These children were hand picked from the charity "The Second Mile", a program for at risk youth that was founded by Sandusky himself. The book fairly presents what Penn State coaches, officials, and trustees may or may not have known or covered up regarding these crimes -an issue very controversial in the Happy Valley community that encompasses State. Like an accident scene, this true. horrific tale is a page turner that will leave you shocked, disgusted, sad and feeling heartbroken for the victims, and wondering how these events were perpertrated under the noses of so many. Played out like a Greek tragedy, Game Over evokes many emotions,not the least of which is sorrow for the student body and the alumni of this prestgious school. I will closely follow the trial.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yellow journalism interviews with reliable sources, rehashing old press. Trash. Don't waste your money, wish I hadn't
Berkland4 More than 1 year ago
These authors admit having to rush to get this book completed, were unable to talk to key players due to the ongoing legal processes and could not use the names of some of their sources, as many individuals would only speak to them "off the record". This book is nothing more than a re-cap of what has already been reported and speculation about what might have happened. Don't waste your money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On page 45 a paragraph begins "In March 2002 almost everyone at Penn State had left campus for spring break. But Mike (McQueary) was staying put, enjoying the quiet. Watching a football movie on television, he was inspired to drive to Penn State football headquarters, where he wanted to pick up some tapes of prospective recruits to review. When he arrived just after 9 p.m., the complex was dark. After he entered the dark halls of the Lasch Building, McQueary........(this is the descirption of the shower incident McQueary witnessed with Sandusky and a young boy). According to the Freeh Report, this incident took place in Lasch Building on Friday evening, February 9, 2001. There is a big difference between February 2001 and March 2002. This is one of the major incidents in the whole scandel and the date isn't correct in this book. How can this book be taken seriously!
knightlight777 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fortunately I was able to pick this book up at the library and did not spend any money on it. I followed the development of this scandel closely as it broke over weeks late in 2011. The book itself adds very little to what came out in depth primarily through the reporting of the Harrisbug newspaper.Devisive as the incident became on a national stage for those condeming the seeming closed society of the Happy Valley faithful who clung to the images all the cherished, one cannot elude the tradgedy especially endured by the real victims. Alleged of course as it still needs to work its way through the glacial legal system. The only accurate conclusion we can draw is that there will be no real winners as is oft the case in these matters, but some semblance of justice if charges are proven and punishment handed down.
SamSattler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak, authors of Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence, have definitely struck a nerve with thousands of Penn State alumni and Happy Valley residents. It appears, based entirely on the ¿reviews¿ of the book I see posted on Amazon, that the pair faces a vicious backlash based more on emotion than on reason ¿ and that almost all of the negative ¿reviews¿ posted there have been written by people who did not bother reading the book before damning it. It seems that it will be left to those without ties to Penn State, and a minority of Penn-Staters themselves, to gauge the objectivity and effectiveness of the book. On one level, Game Over is an excellent recap of the news that starting leaking out of Happy Valley, PA, in early November 2011. Those that may have come to the story a little late will find the chronology presented to be especially helpful. Others are likely to focus more on the additional details attached to the original revelations, disgusting as some of those details are. Readers should, in fact, be forewarned that several descriptions of Jerry Sandusky¿s alleged assaults of the young boys under his sponsorship and care are disgustingly graphic in nature and leave little to the imagination.On a second level, what Game Over reveals about the culture espoused by Penn State administrators, its athletic coaches, its students, and the community that supports and benefits from the school¿s presence, is almost as disturbing and horrifying as the crimes Sandusky is alleged to have committed against his young victims. That there was, and to a lesser degree still is, a ¿culture of silence¿ surrounding Penn State that allowed this kind of criminal behavior to continue for decades, cannot be disputed. Moushey and Dvorchak present their case in detail, naming names and shaming those who deserve it, in the process. Only the court system can determine the guilt or innocence of the various parties involved in all of this, but Jerry Sandusky should not be the only one facing a judge and jury of his peers before this is over.From what the Game Over authors have to say, it appears that the second worst ¿crime¿ committed during this whole period, may lay at the feet of Coach Joe Paterno, the man who really ran Penn State while all of this was happening. If true, Paterno helped bring shame to the university and forever sullied his own reputation and famous catchphrase: ¿Success with Honor.¿ Paterno¿s silence seems to have been the signal to Penn State¿s coaches, administrators, and others that the entire Sandusky matter should be kept within the confines of the Penn State ¿family,¿ and that outsiders were not to be trusted with this information. Joe Paterno had just that much clout in Happy Valley ¿ he had, in fact, almost been granted sainthood by the locals, making a cover-up of this magnitude a relatively easy thing for the school to pull off.Much remains for the courts to determine, including: the culpability of two principal university administrators in the cover-up; the part in the cover-up of some inside The Second Mile (Sandusky¿s charity for poverty stricken boys); how much Sandusky¿s wife knew of crimes said to have taken place in her home; and whether Sandusky remained at Penn State (even after resigning from its coaching staff in 1999 while at the top of his game) simply because his charity provided him with a ready supply of victims of just the right age. As James Murtha, a 1977 Penn State graduate, put it, ¿¿in retrospect, you could almost predict how this would turn out because of the way Penn State does business. Isolation is one of its charms, but it¿s also part of the problem. They all drink the Kool-Aid up there. They lost all focus. The only way to solve a problem is to admit that you have one. It¿s crisis management 101. When I saw the way they handled it, I wanted to projectile vomit.¿So did I.Rated at: 5.0
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a regurgitation of sensationalized headlines and unproven allegations, this book is for you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just terrible.. The book is filled with assumptions and no real facts. In an interview, the authors said that they were shown the door several times from sources which means that they were down to fourth or fifth sources with third hand stories. This is just a money grab by the authors.. Don't waste your money!!!
corkyMC More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't be surprised if Sandusky and/or the Paterno estate sue these authors for slander. This book is full of lies, and only written quickly and in an haphazard manner to make a quick buck. DON'T WASTE YOUR $$$$
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jmhtx More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The minnimum is 30 years and the max is 60 years
NateM More than 1 year ago
I will not review the book as I have not read it yet. I doubt any of the people with comments here have read it either. If you have followed Bill Moushey's career, he has spent much of it trying to get innocent people out of prison, so I highly doubt he is jumping to conclusions with this book. My advice is to read the book and then decide how you feel. I will eventually do the same when I have time. Most of you are jumping to conclusions about the book without any facts or having read the book. Do you see the irony in the fact that you are accusing the authors of doing the same?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it's great that this is getting out. I don't understand why people think it's okay to give in to others who want to shut up whole communities. It's really sad and pathetic. So I am glad that these people have broken their silence, as should others who are held, and have communities that are choked by those who would take and assign to themselves false authority in order that they may prey upon those who feel weaker to them. In truth it is the fiends who are the weak ones. It reminds me of Storm of the Century "people on the Island can keep a secret", but people on the Island should open their mouths and speak up.