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As a Montgomery County jury decided last week,  in January 2004 Cosby indecently assaulted Andrea Constand, then the director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball team.

She reported Cosby in January 2005, and filed a civil lawsuit that March. Then-Montgomery County district attorney Bruce Castor decided not to press charges.

The story faded from view. But a Temple employee said a Temple trustee, the school’s most famous alumnus, had drugged and sexually assaulted her. Yet the Fat Albert premiere, done before the allegations became public, was not the last event Cosby did for the school. It kept trotting him out there.

Yes, much of the public had a collective amnesia around Cosby. But Temple certainly knew about the incident. It was widely reported in the Philly press. Constand’s civil suit led to the revelation there were 13 additional women willing to testify that Cosby had drugged and raped them.

Sure, Cosby wasn’t charged. But a Temple employee also said he sexually assaulted her. Still, Temple did everything it could to protect him. 

We don’t know all of what Temple knew about Cosby because Pennsylvania has essentially exempted the public school from all records requests. But Temple made itself clear on how it felt about Bill Cosby. He made scores appearances at the school following Constand’s assault.

Simple searches of the Associated Press and Getty photo databases show him popping up at Temple events frequently.

He helped honor Temple basketball coach John Chaney at the hoops hall of fame in 2006. He appeared at football and basketball games, including dressing up in an old-timey football uniform at Temple football’s media day in 2007. He made the media rounds in 2009, before Temple’s bowl game; players said he made several inspirational speeches to the football team. He appeared at Temple’s commencements, speaking in 2011, up until 2015: