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Temple Almost Brought Jerry Sandusky to Philadelphia
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 11/11/11 5:13 am | updated: 11/11/11 5:13 am
 
Penn State's Jerry Sandusky almost landed in Philadelphia as head coach of the Temple Owls. In 1988, Temple University was recruiting Sandusky heavily after firing Bruce Ariens. And the Penn State defensive coordinator seemed to be the perfect fit. He had helped Penn State win a national championship in 1986 and had produced seven All-America linebackers.

"He wasn't just a candidate. He was a high-profile candidate," former Temple athletic director Charlie Theokas said in an interview. "At that time, it would have been a terrific hire for us."

Before ultimately turning down their offer, Sandusky met with Theokas and former university president Peter Liacouras in State College and Philadelphia.

Sandusky did talk about the importance of his Second Mile Foundation during the meetings and told Temple that it was one of the main reasons he wanted to remain at Penn State.
 
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