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McKnight Fall

Gary McKnight built an athletic empire at Mater Dei. Will his role in a pedophiles return to campus destroy it?

John Manly doesn't care much about his alma mater anymore. He's never met Gary McKnight—Manly graduated the same year the coach arrived at Mater Dei—but he fully understands McKnight's legacy.

"We thought McKnight would be a witness and nothing more," Manly says. "I was stunned at what Andrade said about returning to Mater Dei. Despite all we've been through, the notion that a high school—especially a Catholic high school—would allow a child abuser back on campus is honestly inconceivable. Especially in light of what the Orange diocese went through. It's inconceivable and impossible to explain logically.

"The only conclusion I can reach," Manly adds, "is that if you're a good fund-raiser and win basketball games, you can do anything."

Mater Dei's pep section, the Red Wave. Photo by Jennie Warren
Mater Dei's pep section, the Red Wave. Photo by Jennie Warren
The coach at rest, photo by Jennie Warren
The coach at rest, photo by Jennie Warren


Steve Lowery contributed to this article.

GARELLANO@OCWEEKLY.COM

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