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Jerry Sandusky Nearly Left Penn State To Be Maryland's Coach In 1996

The entire sports world was rocked on Saturday with the Penn State football scandal and allegations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children on campus. It's the kind of story that will likely result in major NCAA sanctions and could potentially change Joe Paterno's legacy.

How does this relate to Maryland football? If things broke differently back in 1996, this all could have happened to them. Well, maybe not, but this 1996 Baltimore Sun story is kind of nuts now that we know what we do about Sandusky.

"I put forward a plan a few years ago for Maryland," Sandusky said. "Andy Geiger [then the athletic director] called to see if I would interview for the job. I debated and debated, and even though I had put together that plan, I didn't follow through.

"Being a head coach is something I'd like to do. I've been at that stage for a long time. I look at Maryland as a great opportunity, and I would be interested."

Maryland ended up going with Ron Vanderlinden instead. Many see that decision as a failure, given that Vanderlinen didn't go to a bowl game in his four years in charge. As it turns out, though, things could have been a whole lot worse.

(HT: Testudo Times)