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Freeh report on PSU will be released on Thursday

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Specific emails from the upcoming Freeh report on Penn State’s response to allegations of sexual abuse of young boys at the hands of Jerry Sandusky have been leaked for the past week or so.

Come later this week — Thursday, to be exact — the entire investigation should be made available, according to multiple reports. That means the release of the investigation led by former FBI chief Louis Freeh would occur one day before Friday’s PSU Board of Trustees meeting in Scranton, Pa.

Impeccable timing.

According to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, it won’t just be former coach Joe Paterno in the Freeh crosshairs, either.

“The role of the iconic Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history, no doubt will be a focus for the media and public,” Wetzel writes. “But the expansive, exhaustive investigation… has delved into all aspects of the situation, a source says.

“A source reiterated that no one and nothing escapes responsibility.” 

Paterno, along with former president Graham Spanier (pictured, left), VP Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curely, has been a primary subject of the aforementioned emails leaked to CNN. Those emails indicate a cover-up by PSU admins of the Sandusky allegations last decade. 

Spanier,who has filed suit against the university and faces a hearing next month, told Freeh investigators last week that he denies any knowledge of Sandusky’s child abuse. 

“Selected leaks, without the full context, are distorting the public record and creating a false picture,” attorneys Peter Vaira from Vaira & Riley and Elizabeth Ainslie from Schnader Harrison Segel & Lewis said in a statement.

“At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues.”

Likewise, Paterno’s family has condemned the leaking of specific emails to CNN and denied any cover-up by the former coach.

“Given the seriousness and complexity of this case, everyone should be demanding the full truth, not just carefully selected excerpts of certain emails,” the Paterno family statement read.

Give it a couple more days and the Paterno family, like many others, will get their wish.

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28 Responses to “Freeh report on PSU will be released on Thursday”
  1. deadeye says: Jul 10, 2012 4:41 PM

    Finally…

  2. latrobe21 says: Jul 10, 2012 5:28 PM

    I hope that the report includes a strong recommendation that President Erickson, acting AD Joyner (who was on the BoT) and incumbent BoT members resign immediately. As an alumnus, things won’t be right with me until the University starts entirely anew.

  3. lbijake says: Jul 10, 2012 5:40 PM

    Spanier is going down, baby. Didn’t have the cajones to stand up to JoePa, now will have to pay the piper. He will be doing time the hard way.

  4. dkhhuey says: Jul 10, 2012 5:52 PM

    Going to be a very interesting day Thursday to say the least.

  5. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 10, 2012 5:55 PM

    It’s be nice if they immediately recycle the mr. Magoo statue.

  6. brokea$$lovesmesomeme says: Jul 10, 2012 6:23 PM

    I can’t wait for the world to find out that squeaky clean PSU hid this perv from the world so they could win a few games. Let’s see how many of you honks will still try and defend that a$$hole JoPa.

  7. patbocam says: Jul 10, 2012 7:21 PM

    PSU will be forever stained. I feel for the current students and alumni. I feel for the honest and God fearing staff that knew nothing. But most of all my heart aches for the children this scumbag hurt and the adults who did nothing to stop him. To think that children were harmed after many “respected” men knew their was an animal amongst them and looked away bothers me the most.

  8. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 10, 2012 7:40 PM

    I hope this ends up like the Metallica album “Kill ‘em All! Power wielding narcissists, each and everyone of them. Too bad Joe Pa already died.

  9. ghengy says: Jul 10, 2012 7:40 PM

    Didnt Louis Freeh orchestrate the Waco Siege (murders)? LOL

    This is a widespread conspiracy, it goes far beyond Sandusky, Second Mile, and the Penn State senior staff, and includes the police and the local DA’s office. And for those of you that dont know, the DA that tanked the 1999 investigation was himself murdered in 2005. But yeah, if it makes you all happy lets just blame it all on Paterno and call it a day.

    Makes me wonder if Freeh isnt involved to help protect certain individuals rather than discover the truth. You do realize the legacy Hoover left the FBI dont you?

  10. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 10, 2012 8:07 PM

    I can tell you who wont be harmed by this investigation. The board of trustees and former attorney general Corbett ( you know the guy who knew before and declined to prosecute). And you know why…wait for it. Because Corbett and freeh are buddies and the board is footing the bill. Full, impartial investigation my a$$. You can tell by the “leaks” which they want it to go which has been he same place since day one.

  11. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 10, 2012 9:14 PM

    So let me get this straight, im supposed to believe in the results of a investigation that was done by the very university that went out of its way to cover up the problems to start with? Yea right, i hope the NCAA does a real investigation and gives this school the death penalty in ALL sports or better yet the state of PA just shuts down this sad excuse for a school. I dont want any of my tax money going to support this scumbag place

  12. ghengy says: Jul 10, 2012 10:04 PM

    @ dirtyharry1971

    Very sorry to inform you, but this does not fall under NCAA pervue, if you want the death penalty you’re going to have to run for Congress. LOL

  13. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 10, 2012 10:27 PM

    How does what a few people do speak for an entire university and its hundreds of thousands of alumni? Dirty harry I hope noone near you ever fouls because according to your rationale if the do we should kill them, you and your whole family. Its far from a sad excuse for a school and the people that are the most pissed off are the people that have most invested in Penn State.

  14. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 10, 2012 10:45 PM

    @DirtyHarry since your concerner about your taxpayer money..thnk on this.

    Why did they choose not to prosecute in 1999? when they had a taped phone call where sandusky basically admitted being a pedophile?

    Why did they not charge him in 2009 when Corbett was attorney general(taxpayer paid position,highest law in the state) and they had info on multiple incidents including the infamous 2001 incident?

    Why did a prosecutor involved in this case disappear in 2005?

    Why was Louis Freeh hired to do the investigation when he has deep ties to Corbett,Penn State and several influential member of the BoT? How is possible to be ojective and impartial?

    Did you ever think for a second how easy it is to pin everything on someone who cannot defend themselves. In no way I am defending Paternos actions/inactions but if you believe the leaks and even this investigation. you need to learn how to read between the lines and see whats really going on. The public is easily manipulated and will believe anything they are told.

    Obviously Paterno is the name that can be destroyed, but it goes WAY farther and deeper than him.

    If you have any idea how huge second mile was and how many powerful people were involved/contributed to it. you could see how they want it spun in a certain direction. As you can tell by the leaks I bet Second Mile is barely mentioned in the report when in fact it should have been investigated to the core.

  15. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 11, 2012 12:04 AM

    Dear dhengy:

    You are everything that is wrong with this PSU tragedy. You want everyone else to believe that somehow all that we now know is a product of what? The Hoover legacy? Holy cow, you are sick and beyond help!!!

    As for the death penalty, I hope PSU gets it. It will serve to punish many of the guilty in this episode – all of those, clearly like you, who would excuse the rape of children for the sake of a Saturday afternoon watching their beloved PSU (and apparently only reason for living) beat Florida International by a couple of touchdowns or so.

    Man, you are in need of a special space in the cot beside Sandusky, you sick, untwistable lost tiny little person. No one has to “blame” paterno; his guilt is obvious to the educated among us and will be clear once tomorrow’s report is released.

    For those of you who are so troubled by the notion that PSU, Happy Valley or the student body/alumni have been “unfairly” stained by this episode of prolonged child rape and complicity, let me introduce you to Exhibit A of why no one cares – dhenghy.

  16. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jul 11, 2012 1:12 AM

    They were discussing this case on ESPN radio the other morning with one of the reporters from Yahoo Sports and they asked him specifically if this calls for the death penalty.

    He stated that their is a conduct clause for administrators and staffs that the NCAA could use to level heavy penalties against the university and the football program specifically.

    He felt that it wouldn’t be an SMU like classic “death penalty” but more along the lines of what USC got in the Reggie Bush case.

    If conspirering to cover up child molestation in order to save face for your football program isn’t bad conduct I can’t imagine what would be.

    So to those of you PSU supporters who keep claiming the NCAA has no jurisdiction in this case your just burying your heads in the sand even deeper and the pain of the sanctions that will eventually befall your beloved football program will all the more painful….

  17. ghengy says: Jul 11, 2012 1:20 AM

    @ blastfurnace

    Catchy name, were your family Nazis?

    J. Edgar Hoover you mean to tell me you arent familiar with his legacy, or the corruption in the FBI when Louis Freeh was Director? Sad, very sad.

    Find one of my quotes where I defended Sandusky. And how long should I wait for that? Well let me save you the trouble, I have NEVER defended Sandusky…never. So maybe you need to find a new shtick because I am not PSU, I only want to see justice done and the truth uncovered. I personally dont think someone as corrupt as Louis Freeh is capable of that, and THAT is my point.

    Now you can reply with another irrelevant rant about Penn State and Sandusky and how sick I am, but you just look ridiculous doing it. Sorry. LOL

  18. ghengy says: Jul 11, 2012 1:25 AM

    @ onceuponatimeinsports

    Sorry, not applicable. And if I were you, I would stop paying attention to Yahoo Sports and start recalling your common sense.

    The NCAA has absolutely ZERO authority over this situation, none, nada, zilch! I’m not a PSU guy but you clowns that are so eager to punish the entire Penn State family for this just make me sick.

  19. coveredrichard says: Jul 11, 2012 2:47 AM

    To those writing to defend the coach, I commend you. For those writing in to say PSU should be hit hard for its part in the whole situation, I also commend you. For those that never talk about what this whole situation is about, let me give you my story. I was molested when I was nine. I am not here to get any kudos or ridicule I would like to ask one question. Can we all quit arguing about who is innocent and/or who will be found guilty? As a person that was molested I can tell you this is what it is like when you confront that person of molesting you. When I confronted my brother, my family and friends accused me of making it up. My brother denied he did it, even tho it lasted for three years, and I was left to drift without support. This reaction by the school, alumni, fans, those that defend the school, I can say this is a typical reaction. But, let’s not forget why we are all here, those young men that were MOLESTED. A pedophile, its coverup and the other things pale to the hell these victims experienced and will experience for the rest of their lives.

  20. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 11, 2012 10:02 AM

    @blastfurnaceknows

    If you feel that psu deserves a death penalty because of their lack of action/coverup etc. what do you think the heads of the state of pa and attorney generals office deserve because they not once,not twice,but three times did nothing to stop and arrest Sandusky, with more knowledge of incidents then Paterno knew about. Are you telling Paterno swayed the attorney generals office to not prosecute?? The massive failure took place in the local and state prosecutors offices, you know the ones who are PAID TO PROTECT SOCIETY. But let’s lay the blame on one person or better yet punish an entire university for actions of a few.
    If you ask me Corbett should resign his office in disgrace for his role in the coverup for Sandusky for he was the top law dog in pa AND a member of the BOT.

    I guess in your eyes paterno should have been judge, jury and executioner.
    And don’t quote the leaked emails or anything ESPN heads say because it’s obvious the direction they wanted the investigation to go. Unfortunately I don’t think we will ever know the full truth and hopefully that’s something anyone with sense can see from the outside

  21. florida727 says: Jul 11, 2012 10:25 AM

    I can’t believe I’m about to write this, but… I’m proud of the NCAA in the way they’re handling this. Translation: they’re doing nothing. Which is exactly how they should handle this. Even though the NCAA can hand down penalties of its choosing, they’re at least waiting until law enforcement completes their involvement. Then the NCAA will act based on the finding of people far better qualified to conduct such an investigation.

    #ghengy, you need to do a little homework before posting. As #onceupon… very accurately stated, yes, the NCAA can in fact penalize the program because of the morals/ethics clause in their bylaws regarding administrators and/or (especially) staff employees of the university. Sandusky was an assistant coach, a direct employee of the football program and the university. His behavior falls directly under the responsibility of the football program, and as such, is governed by the rules of the NCAA. It can’t be any more clear than that.

    Separate note, but of course I feel the most empathy for the victims of Sandusky. But I also feel for all the innocent people aligned with PSU, including alumni. They played no role in this, yet they’ll forever be associated with the ‘reputation’ that their school will now have based on the actions of a few. There are no winners here.

  22. rayburns says: Jul 11, 2012 10:34 AM

    Why not have the entire revenue generated from the football team for the next five years be donated to charities and foundations devoted to providing services to victims of this heinous crime?

    This would not only benefit the victims (most importantly) but would send a message to Penn State and all other major college football powers that the culture that supports football über alles can not and will not be tolerated.

  23. alsaceman says: Jul 11, 2012 2:21 PM

    This is a ridiculous thread. Why all the hair splitting?

    There is one, and only one, correct response to pedophilia: First, you intervene and get the child to safety, even at the risk of your personal safety; and second, you go directly to law enforcement, bypassing any and all figures on your organization’s chain of command.

    Anyone, repeat, ANYONE who did anything less than this is guilty of complicity.

    If you occupied a position on the organization’s chain of command and did nothing, you are guilty.

    If you fabricated and/or participated in a cover up, you are guilty.

    If you knew but washed your hands and left it to those higher on the chain of command, you are guilty.

    There are no gray areas here, despite the hair splitting on this ridiculous thread.

  24. abrellbama says: Jul 11, 2012 4:32 PM

    blastfurnaceknows: Instead of calling the people that post on here names, why don’t you take your frustration out on the District Attorney’s office in that county of Pa, write them a letter, demanding an investigation as to why Ray Grico, the District Attorney, in 1998, that refused to prosecute Jerry Sandusky and made the REAL detectives close the case when they had taped conversations of Jerry Sandusky apologizing to the mom of the little boy he molested and stating he didn’t know why he did those things. The detectives were in the next room when this conversation was taking place and heard everything yet the DA refused to prosecute. Had he have done his job back in 1998, he would have saved several little boys the trauma they went thru, including the one that Mike McQueary witnessed, and didn’t act on. He didn’t even save that little kid in 2001. Now, Ray Grico is dead because he disappeared after being involved with a drug related case he WAS prosecuting, and he got his punishment but it appears that the District Attorney’s office in that county has some explaining to do, and THAT is where you should be directing ALL of your anger.

  25. ghengy says: Jul 11, 2012 5:40 PM

    @ florida727

    Typical of people in Florida, you dont have a clue what you’re talking about. The NCAA is doing nothing because NOTHING is all they can do. They have no authority in this case. Youre the one who is homework deficient. Sorry.

  26. 12is3times4 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:20 PM

    ghengy: “The NCAA is doing nothing because NOTHING is all they can do. They have no authority in this case.”

    This, of course, can change in a heartbeat if it turns out that the Sandusky cover-up was part of a larger cover-up of the program’s other sins. The e-mail allegations reported earlier this week, that Paterno regularly shielded his players from discipline outside the program, reek of the same “keep it in the family” mentality that allowed Sandusky to remain free and continue preying on boys for years after the 2001 shower incident – and they also reek of improper benefits to student-athletes (in this case, what amounts to a double standard of conduct vis-a-vis the general PSU student body), which most definitely IS a traditionally NCAA-actionable offense.

    In other words, if the NCAA really is looking for a reason to punish Penn State or even give them the death penalty over Sandusky’s crimes, now they may need only confirm the player disciplinary policy allegations against Paterno and then show that the Sandusky cover-up was an extension of the same policy.

  27. ghengy says: Jul 11, 2012 9:07 PM

    @ 12is13

    LOL you are reaching dude. Bear Bryant, Johnny Majors, Darrel Royal, Frank Broyles, Charlie McClendon etc etc etc etc etc all had this same approach to disciplining players. So what!

    And to imply that the Sandusky cover up, that BTW was covered up by the local police, the DA, and the PSU administration was an “extension” of Paterno’s standing policies may be the dumbest thing I have every read…anywhere. The man’s dead, leave him the hell alone.

  28. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 12, 2012 10:23 AM

    The report is out. Read it ghengy (and all other PSU/Paterno defenders). See if you can think up of some more funny jokes after digesting it ghengy. Wait . . . see if you can think up of one, because so far you’re still at zero.

    Also, you can FORGET about the NCAA not getting involved. Then again, you’re wrong about so much in life, I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you when you’ll become dead wrong about that too.

    DEATH PENALTY. Game over.

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