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

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Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence
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Author Bill Moushey
Bob Dvorchak
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher William Morrow
Publication date
April 17, 2012
Pages 224 pages
ISBN 978-0062201133

Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence is a 2012 book written by Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak about Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[1] Moushey in an investigative journalist, formerly with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and a professor at the school of Communications at Point Park University.[2] He won National Press Club's Freedom of Information Award in 1997.[2] Dvorchak is a 40-year veteran journalist.

In the book, the authors reviewed the grand jury findings, focusing on the alleged sexual assaults, and investigated claims of a coverup by Penn State University officials in order to protect the reputation of the football program.[2] The book was written over the course of 10 weeks.[3]

The book alleged that Joe Paterno "had to know" of the sexual abuse allegations happening under his watch.[4] The isolated nature of State College, Pennsylvania is used as a metaphor for the isolated nature of the football program.[4]

During the publicity phase, an excerpt was published on the sports gossip website Deadspin.[5]

The Paterno family immediately denounced the book.[6] The family's lawyers called the book a "unprofessional and irresponsible rehash from clip files and anonymous interviews," specifically disputing the authors' claims that Paterno forced Sandusky's 1999 retirement to coverup abuse claims.[3] In regard to the quick publication of the book, the Paterno family said that "The price of their obsession with speed over accuracy is a book that distorts the truth and offers conclusions and theories for which the authors have no evidence," he said.[3]

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