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Two PSU trustees volunteer to head special investigative committee

Kenneth C Frazier AP

As JT noted this morning, Penn State’s Board of Trustees planned to hold a public meeting to appoint a special investigative committee to “determine what failures occurred” in the Jerry Sandusky case “and what measures are necessary to insure… that those responsible are held fully accountable.”

While the board adjourned Friday without assembling the full committee, two trustees volunteered to head the effort. Trustee Kenneth C. Frazier (pictured), Director, CEO and President of Merck & Co, Inc., is the chair and Pennsylvania State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis is the vice chair.

“We will do everything in our power to provide the university community… with the clearest understand of what we’re able to find out,” Frazier said. “My job is to get going an investigation. I can’t say what consequences will flow from that investigation.”

The board voted unanimously Wednesday night to oust coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier.

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14 Responses to “Two PSU trustees volunteer to head special investigative committee”
  1. harleyspoon says: Nov 11, 2011 3:09 PM

    Where have these supercilious board members been since 1998? Hells bells, if everyone in town knew about Sandusky, why didn’t these goofs know…and now they’re going to pass judgement on others? Man, ain’t that a joke!!! But that’s humanity for you!

  2. latrobe21 says: Nov 11, 2011 3:17 PM

    More mistakes by the BofT. This needs to be an independent investigation. Hell, the Board was bullied into firing Paterno by an obnoxious, liberal media. The Board won’t have the courage to report the truth, no matter what it may be.

  3. rendadoll says: Nov 11, 2011 3:27 PM

    Here is the complete Grand Jury Brief from the Sandusky vs the State of Penn.

  4. deadeye says: Nov 11, 2011 3:33 PM

    The investigation should be conducted by an independent third party that has no vested interests. I don’t trust these two “volunteers” because they themselves might have something to hide in all this.

  5. southernpatriots says: Nov 11, 2011 3:36 PM

    Thanks, but no thanks, trustees. It is nice you are willing to volunteer, but…

    There needs to be an independent investigation, headed by someone with no connection to Penn State. The investigator should have no connectgion with anyone who in any way is involved with this scandal or could be seen as ignoring it or covering it up. Otherwise, this investigation by the trustees and any other group, though perhaps well-meaning, will lack credibility.

    Governor Corbett who began the investigation by spearheading the starting of the Grand Jury when he was Pennsylvania Attorney General could appoint someone, or a member of his staff could head it up, or call in the FBI.

    This must not be an investigation of Penn State by Penn State.

  6. kwgator says: Nov 11, 2011 3:42 PM

    Along with Stan Gable, and Betty Childs will form a blue-ribbon fact-finding committee to get to the bottom of this

  7. bozosforall says: Nov 11, 2011 3:45 PM

    The entire Board of Trustees needs to go as well. I’ll bet that if these “volunteers” are allowed to perpetuate this sham of an “investigation” they will “find” that the Board had zero culpability in this mess. How shocking.

  8. nineroutsider says: Nov 11, 2011 3:53 PM

    These forums are still filled with a bunch of losers crying about Joe Pa?

    It sucks that this how he went out, but he deserves every minute of it and so much more. “I wish I had done more…” we all do Joe. You would have actually lived up to your motto had you done more. Good job of protecting your marginally successful program though.

    PSU crybaby’s…we all know that Joe knew not to leave his great, great grand children alone with Uncle Jerry, so you’re upset that when the rest of the world found out about this we didn’t let Joe ride it out?

    Get it through your warped heads Joe Pa was, is, and will always be a P.O.S. This is his legacy now. I will tell my kids and they will tell theirs. He knew about it and didn’t do anything…this isn’t greasing a recruit or smudging a player’s grades…it is far more serious and disgusting. He deserves to rot. Make no mistake…the general public will never remember this POS fondly.

    The great Joe Pa will only live on in the hearts of a few warped college students and former football players who associate their great college experiences with Joe Pa somehow. Don’t worry frat boys…the keg will still be there tomorrow.

  9. latrobe21 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:16 PM

    The reason McQueary went to his dad, first, and not Paterno, is suspect, and affects my perspective. If something happens at my workplace, I’m going to my boss, HR, corporate counsel or calling the ethics hotline. I’m not calling my dad.

    I have been told (easy enough to verify if true or not) that McQueary’s dad and Sanduskey were friends, and that the younger McQueary went to school with Sandusky’s kids. Maybe that is why McQueary was so “distraught.” Maybe McQueary and his dad, having enough sense to know that SOMETHING had to be done to help the boys and satisfy their conscience, decided to soften the description of the incident in telling Paterno. Then, when facing the grand jury, the younger McQueary realized his ass was on the [legal] line and told the truth. This could explain the discrepancy between Paterno’s account and McQueary’s account in the GJ report.

    It just doesn’t make sense that Paterno wouldn’t follow up if he truly understood/realized what was going on. He wasn’t going to cost the football program, the university or his reputation by reporting the sick transgressions of an ex-coach. As the current situation has shown, he would have proven to be a hero to the kids involved and his legacy compounded. Hell, for as much as he’s gotten on players for poor grades, run-ins with the law, etc., reporting the truth would have been a “no-brainer.” Maybe the fact that Paterno was 76 years old in 2004 had something to do with his lack of understanding of the situation.

    Anyone who’s read my comments on these blogs this entire football season knows I’ve said that this will be Paterno’s last year [because] he’s 85 and “enough is enough,” and if the president or AD doesn’t have the courage to see to it, Divine intervention will. Some kind of Divine intervention, huh?

    I am saddened that Paterno wasn’t able to complete this last year. I am saddened for the victims and will keep praying for both Paterno and the victims. And I will always love Joe for all the good he did for my university and the State of Pennsylvania.

  10. latrobe21 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:20 PM

    @ nineroutsider,

    Have you always been so stupid, or did you go downhill from birth?

  11. nineroutsider says: Nov 11, 2011 5:07 PM

    latrobe21 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:20 PM

    @ nineroutsider,

    Have you always been so stupid, or did you go downhill from birth?
    Anything goes as long as your boys win on Saturdays right? Nothing is more important than Saturday afternoons. Your pathetic life would be meaningless without it.

    Tell me why I am wrong. What did I say about sacred Joe Pa that is wrong? Do you not think he knew? If you did than you can’t think otherwise.

  12. yankehammer says: Nov 11, 2011 5:29 PM

    Breaking news:

    Ben Bernanke volunteers to audit the Federal Reserve.

  13. ibjodi says: Nov 11, 2011 5:34 PM

    I have to agree with latrobe21. McQueary and Sandusky were friends. I sure wouldn’t of went to my dad with what I saw, I would’ve knocked Sandusky out and took the boy to the hospital or police. McQueary is more at fault that Paterno is. I don’t agree that Paterno is innocent in all of this, but McQueary should just go hide in the closet like he has since 2002. A 28 year old man should be ashamed of himself for not helping a 10 year old boy!!! I also agree that Independent people need to be brought in and not the BofT!!!

  14. 6ball says: Nov 11, 2011 6:49 PM


    Where’s the US Attorney?


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