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Updated: Freeh report investigating PSU’s actions in Sandusky case released

Louis  Freeh, Ken Frazier AP

Following multiple email leaks and lots of anticipation, the internal investigation into the role of Penn State’s administrators in the Jerry Sandusky case has finally been made public.

The Freeh report concludes an initiative that began in November of last year in the weeks following the first report of the Sandusky scandal and was headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh. 

Here is the LINK to the entire the Freeh report and here’s a LINK to the opening statements (Note: if one or both the sites are down, it’s because of high traffic. Check back later). We’ll have more updates coming both in this post and throughout the day.

  • Investigators conducted over 430 interviews and reviewed over 3.5 million documents in the process.
  • The report claims the most important documents in the investigation came between 1998 and 2001 and were identified as emails sent among president Graham Spanier, VP Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley. Not coincidentally, all three declined interviews on advice of their counsel. Additionally, the Attorney General asked that former assistant coach Mike McQueary not be interviewed.
  • The findings corroborate the Grand Jury indictment of Sandusky. There was no “attempt to investigate, to identify Victim 2, or to protect that child or any others from similar conduct” except for instances of re-occurrence. Spanier, Schultz, Curley and Joe Paterno “concealed Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the university community and authorities.”
  • Those four also knew of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky and did nothing. In 1999, when Sandusky retired, he was allowed to “continue to work with young people through Penn State.”
    • On May 3, Sandusky assaults Victim 6 in the Lasch Building shower. Between May 4 and May 30, Curley, Spanier and Schultz are made awareof subsequent investigation. “Behavior — at best inappropriate @ worst sexual improprieties… Is this opening Pandora’s Box?… Other children?” 
    • Curley then says he “touches base” with Paterno. He emails Schultz, Spanier: “Anything new in this department? Coach is anxious to know where it stands.” 
    • There is a BOT meeting on May 15. Spanier does not notify the board of the ongoing investigation of Sandusky. 
    • After officers meet with Sandusky in June of 1998 — charges were not brought from Victim 6 allegations — Schultz emails Curley and Spanier that he thinks “the matter has been appropriately investigated.” 
    • Sandusky notifies Curley in 1998 that he is considering retirement. Paterno “gives him the option to continue to coach as long as he was the [head] coach.” Sandusky then assaults Victim 4 during the 1999 Alamo Bowl. 
  • From the Victim 2 incident of 2001, in which McQueary walked in on Sandusky and a young boy in the showers:
    • After hearing of the incident from Paterno, Curley, Spanier and Schultz were prepared to execute an action plan that included informing the board chairman of Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, and child welfare services. That plan changes after Curley speaks with Paterno. This occurs between Feb. 27-28, 2001.
    • March 16, 2001: BOT meeting. Spanier, again, does not inform the board of the Sandusky incident.
    • August, 2001: Sandusky assaults Victim 5 in the showers of the Lasch building after being told not to bring children into athletic facilities.
  • From 2011 in the months leading up to the release of the Grand Jury indictment of Sandusky:
    • Spanier informs the BOT of the investigation in May, but downplays it. In response, the board asks limited questions. The subject is not brought up again by either side until the Grand Jury testimonies are released.
  • Pages 39-54 document the 1998 investigation of Sandusky. Page 47 begins the involvement of university officials.
    • Schultz already knew of the incident before a May 4 meeting on it, though it is unclear how he obtained the information. In confidential notes from the meeting, Schultz writes the acts were “not criminal.” It’s unclear if Schultz derived that conclusion himself or not. Once the matter was considered closed, no further action was taken by any officials. Curley briefed Paterno on the situation, but it’s unclear as to how the details were relayed.
  • The incident in 2000 where a janitor saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in the shower (page 65):
    • Two janitor saw Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch building doing something one said “he would never forget.” The two consulted a third janitor and the topic of bringing authorities into the matter was discussed. However, the first janitor (Janitor A) said “no, they’ll get rid of all of us.” The second janitor (Janitor B) concurred to investigators. “Paterno… had so much power. If he wanted to get rid of someone, I would have been gone,” they said.
    • Pages 68-79 review the actions by Penn State officials following the McQueary allegation. Curley is called an errand boy” for Paterno and “loyal to a fault.”
  • Pages 89-96 review Penn State’s reaction to criminal charges brought against Sandusky, Schultz and Curley. PSU communication member says some on the staff were “sheep” for Spanier, who pushed for “unconditional support” of Curley. However, confidence in Spanier’s ability to lead comes under fire in the following weeks; the board states the choice to fire him was easy, while firing Paterno was not.
    • On October 29, 2011 in a game vs. Illinois, Sandusky was seen in Nittany Lion Club. It was in that year that, for the first time, Sandusky’s name was taken off the school’s annual invitation list for season football games.
  • Page 97 reviews the findings on PSU’s Board of Trustees, who failed to inquire reasonably into Sandusky allegations in 1998 and 2001.
  • Page 110 claims that PSU officials and Paterno violated the law by not reporting the 2001 incident of abuse between Sandusky and Victim 2. Beginning on 112, the Clery Act, which PSU officials should have followed, is explained in detail.
  • Page 120 of the report reviews the university’s policy on child protection. Recommendations for change are made on page 127.
    • An interesting note: there is, according the report, an “over-emphasis on the ‘Penn State way'” as an approach to decision-making.
  • Documents and emails are made available just after halfway down the report.
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77 Responses to “Updated: Freeh report investigating PSU’s actions in Sandusky case released”
  1. horses721 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:19 AM

    If anybody defends Paterno after reading this, you should rot where Joe Pa is right now. In Hell

  2. mgmac says: Jul 12, 2012 9:19 AM

    the whole group is guilty of enabling the pedophile sandusky. paterno did next to nothing to protect the kids. they’re all sick sob’s. pull down the paterno statue unless psu wants to be known as pedophile protectors

  3. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 12, 2012 9:26 AM

    Forever tarnished thanks to Paterno, Spanier, Schultz and Curley. Now let the ignorant, backwoods, “child rape is like any other sin” PSU/Paterno supporters play semantics with this brutal indictment of their deity.

    Game over!

  4. comeonnowguys says: Jul 12, 2012 9:27 AM

    Out of the big 10.

    Double the death penalty for the football program.

  5. polegojim says: Jul 12, 2012 9:31 AM

    Feb 27, 2001 – the whole thing went sideways and PSU leaders empowered… and by horribly under-responding… even invited further abuse of children.

    No way around that conclusion. Very disappointing.

  6. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2012 9:32 AM

    Only problem I have is there are a lot of people that are getting to walk. The investigation found nothing more or no one else in the know other than the same people we heard about 6 months ago. You cannot tell me only 4 people managed to cover this all up. The BOT is either totally incompetent or complicit. I honestly didn’t expect anything else other than hang the ones already on the gallows.

  7. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jul 12, 2012 9:32 AM

    It’s time for PSU to disassociate themselves with anything Paterno. Paterno and this crew are no better than Sandusky for allowing this to continue to go on.

  8. Irish70 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:33 AM

    I’ve read the report, and I can unbiasedly say that, in my humble opinion, none of the involved parties were without blame; not Joe Paterno, not Spanier, not Schulz, not McQueary, not the Board of Trustees, NONE of them.

    What probably troubles me most was the continued coverup supported, and as outlined in the report, initiated by Paterno.

    For those of you that know my college allegiance, I bleed Fighting Irish Blue and Gold, but at the same time, I USED TO respect Joe Paterno and everything he stood for, or what people THOUGHT he stood for. Only now, after reading the report and internal PSU emails, is it irrefutable that he stood for the “Program” first, and people second.

    Now I know PSU fans will cry out, “but Joe Paterno was ONLY the head football coach. He didn’t run the school. He had his own Chain of Command.” People, this is a cop-out answer. Those of you with an open mind and ANY common sense know that NOTHING happened at PSU without “JoePa” knowing and giving his “blessing” on it.

  9. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2012 9:34 AM

    I don’t think people defend paterno anymore I think it’s a lot bigger than a few people which makes re investigation questionable especially when McQueary was never questioned.

  10. jonanthans says: Jul 12, 2012 9:41 AM

    Yet there will still be people who claim Joe Paterno had no hand in covering this up.

    Poor Joe Paterno, apparently his family and fans want us to believe he was a “victim” as well..

  11. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 12, 2012 9:43 AM

    This situation made me sick and continues to make me sick. I know several children who were sexually abused and they are still suffering decades later. I understand the victims of Sandusky are still suffering consequences of his violent abuse to this day. The Freeh report confirms that leaders at Penn State ignored the abuse of the children Sandusky abused, thereby enabling further abuse to other children. That is inexcusable.

    Some Penn State posters here on CFT feel there is no need for the NCAA to become involved. Why not? Let the legal investigations and prosecutions to continue, do not impede any of those proceedings, but the NCAA has a vested interest in the pandemic cover up and what appears to be “institutional lack of control.” There are many more legal cases, and I fully expect an NCAA investigation in which they use the FBI, state investigators, and other evidence now available as well as their own interviews to bring some strong sanctions on the university football program.

  12. bobthis says: Jul 12, 2012 9:45 AM

    If this scandal had happened to the basketball program Paterno would have blown the whistle in a heartbeat. He was never going to let ANYTHING get in the way of his own legacy and ego. Even the well being of those kids. If he was alive today he would certainly be in prison with the rest of the scum.

  13. overratedgators says: Jul 12, 2012 9:48 AM

    A sad day for a university, a program, a legendary coach, and most of all, Sandusky’s victims.

    I did not think I would ever type these words, but the program should absolutely get the death penalty. Further, they should be kicked out of the Big 10.

    I understand that the NCAA generally doesn’t get involved in issues that aren’t tied to competitive advantage. But lying to protect a member of your coaching staff, because his coaching skills outweigh the lives of children, and you might win a few more games? If that’s not tied to the program and unfair competitive advantage, I don’t know what is.

    Further, the Big 10 wants members of integrity. This whole sad affair shows that for most of the PSU’s membership in the conference, they had none. The trustees of the conference’s other 11 schools need to think long and hard whether they want to be seen as glossing over something this severe, now that the facts are out.

    It was fair for both the NCAA and conference to stay out of this while the investigation was ongoing. Now that we know the truth, it would be deplorable of either of them to, like Paterno and Spanier, opt to take no further action.

  14. drexelvol says: Jul 12, 2012 9:59 AM

    I don’t see any other penalty than the Death Penalty for the football program. Paterno’s statue needs to be taken down and his name removed from the library.

    Sorry if anyone doesn’t like that, but PSU is a land-grant, state University whose goal is to educate, not field a football team.

  15. blastfurnaceknows says: Jul 12, 2012 10:01 AM

    Let’s not lose sight of a couple of other important findings in this report. Joe Paterno’s “truth” was that he knew nothing about Sandusky’s evil proclivities until the 2001 shower incident was reported. That was his “truth” in his last interview and I believe that was his sworn grand jury testimony as well, and if it was, he committed a felony offense of perjury, because this report makes clear he was aware of allegations of Sandusky’s evil nature as far back as 1998.

    Oh, and in 1999, Paterno gave Sandusky the option of staying on as an assistant coach as long as Paterno coached.

    Wow, and I thought the perjury revelation was damning!!!

  16. rsmeans says: Jul 12, 2012 10:02 AM

    Obviously Joe Paterno is even more guilty of the crimes against children than Sandusky. I hope that PSU can distance themselves from even his memory and never honor this scumbag in any way.

  17. florida727 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:03 AM

    I have to agree with #overratedgators (although it pains me to do so because of his ID :) ). For the NCAA and/or the Big 10 conference to stand by and do nothing, that would be just plain wrong.

    Now that the truth has been exposed, it’s time for the university to pay the price. It won’t ease the victims’ pain unfortunately, but to do nothing would send the wrong message.

    Still have to feel the most for the victims, but I do empathize with the students, faculty and alumni. They didn’t cause any of this. They’re not culpable is any wrongdoing, yet they’re also going to be tarnished as a result of the actions, or in some cases the inactions, of a few.

    There are no winners in this.

  18. bobthis says: Jul 12, 2012 10:15 AM

    As much as I think Paterno is guilty in this terrible scandal I also would hate to see the kids playing football at Penn State pay the tab for his egotistic attitude. There should be no sanctions against the team. Just fire and prosecute everyone involved.

  19. 700levelvet says: Jul 12, 2012 10:18 AM

    You would have to be a complete moron, or a blinded homer, not to realize Joe was involved in this cover up…….Hell, use some freakin common sense, this report’s results was apparent to everyone way before it was started…..I can’t wait to hear the Paterno’s family response, as if they are the child of Moses……..

  20. normtide says: Jul 12, 2012 10:22 AM

    I always respected joe, I held him up to the old school coaches, like the bear, landry, or others. Thats gone now. Penn st fans were fooled too. I don’t blame them for standing by him before, but now you have to let go. Idk the reasons why, but it is clear he played a role in the cover up. The people should rise up and remove the statue. You were fooled as well. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Football is huge, I love it, but children are far above any and everything. Joe Pa can not live on as a legend in state college, if he does, may they rot away into nothing. The line is clearly drawn in the sand now. Show me what penn st really stands for.

  21. auburntigers34 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:23 AM


    the players would be able to transfer without sitting out for a year. blow up the statue and shut down the football program.

  22. prince5000 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:25 AM

    The NCAA should bury this program SMU style. These people who covered this up are the scum of the earth with a special place in hell waiting.

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

    This was indeed a “football” scandal in everyway. As one of the posters above correctly pointed out, had Sandusky been associated with the girls softball team or the water polo team he would have been led away in handcuffs within 24/hrs.

    I was the simple fact that he was a “football” coach, and long time friend of Joe Paterno that saved his bacon and allowed him to continue to molest innocent children for years to come. Joe Paterno simply overruled every one of his “bosses” and covered up Sandusky’s crimes because he didn’t want the stain and humilitaion associated with these crimes associated with his football program.

    That’s it in a nutshell….plain and simple.

    Paterno led the cover-up to protrect the integrity of his football team, nothing more – nothing less. And the other administrators were too weak to stand up to the beloved JoePa.

    There’s no other conclusion possible and anyone who argues otherwise is either stupid or a liar.

    There’s no other conclusion there either….

  24. stevet321 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:31 AM

    Criminal, Civil, and Administartive ***EPIC FAILURE *** at multiple levels.

    NCAA will crush them. The PSU response to the letter from the NCAA will seal the deal. Their football, and possibly all sports, program is done. Cooked. Finis.

    Big 10 will drop them like hot rock and they should.

    Everyone will distance themselves from PSU like they are lepers. The whole of the administartion leadership was in on the fix.

    Even the janitors knew what was going on.

  25. orthomarine says: Jul 12, 2012 10:32 AM

    Unforgivable sin to molest a child……

    Unforgivable sin to cover it……

    I hope prosecutors go after all of them, and I hope the board of trustees clean out/up what’s left of them…..

    JoPa, that coward, too bad he died before he had to answer for his crime…. Thankfully judgement awaited

  26. dkhhuey says: Jul 12, 2012 10:36 AM

    Tear down the statue, strike every single game from 1998 forward from his record and give PSU the death penalty. Their actions are beyond disgusting and vile! They enabled a known pedophile to anally rape and molest innocent children all in the name of protecting a f@#$ing football team! I hope every single one of these criminals rot in the deepest caverns of hell for their crimes!

  27. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 10:38 AM

    “◦After hearing of the incident from Paterno, Curley, Spanier and Schultz were prepared to execute an action plan that included informing the board chairman of Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, and child welfare services. That plan changes after Curley speaks with Paterno. This occurs between Feb. 27-28, 2001.”

    I guess that little snippet says it all.

  28. stoutfiles says: Jul 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    Everything JoePa related needs to be removed from Penn St. immediately. Starting with that statue.

  29. jonanthans says: Jul 12, 2012 10:45 AM

    Joe Paterno couldn’t take the time to report these atrocious acts, but he could damn well take the time to compose a letter to his football team assuring them it wasnt going to affect the football program.

    Hope you enjoy Hell, Joe….

  30. anmd1 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:48 AM

    Penn State should self impose the death penalty for 1 year. Allow all players to transfer without penalty and begin rebuilding the following year with a 3 year bowl ban.

    Penn State fostered a culture of violence to children. Paterno had infinite power to conceal and coverup multiple child rapes. Is it impossible to believe they were able to cover up other issues as well.

    How is it that multiple children were raped with no formal charges. Were the parents paid to keep quite?

    Terrible story. Penn State is now in position to do the right thing.
    This is not a skid mark in your undies. Paterno and company dumped a major load and smeared it all over Happy Valley.

  31. jimmy53 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:52 AM

    danny… (your quote: I don’t think people defend paterno anymore), you and I were both a part of that debate last night, and we know there are people vehemently supporting Paterno. Ex-(“Joe Paterno and so many like him have advanced, promoted and benefited so much for and to our society. We need more like you, Joe.”) (“Seeings how he did in fact pass it along I feel he did all he was required to do both morally and lawfully.”) I was railed over and over that Joe did nothing wrong, that Joe was a great man and will be sorely missed, and it was a witch hunt only for Paterno even though I repeated continuously that we wanted EVERYONE to pay…not just Paterno. They’re all to blame. I’m in agreement with you, this is not quite the complete report we wanted, but it is enough to make it clear that all four of the men were culpable and should be held accountable. I only wish everyone involved could come to light, but I’m afraid it’s simply never going to happen. Four men will pay (and they should), but the BOT and others in this tragic mess will unfortunately get off.

  32. canehouse says: Jul 12, 2012 11:05 AM

    Burn the program to the ground… one too many innocent kids were treated with zero regard for their lives by protecting them from the devil and by the entire culture of “we are penn st.”

    It really makes one wonder that if they were willingly and knowingly covering up something so evil… what kind of NCAA type infractions did they cover up for the sake of their precious “we are penn st.” and their mantra “success with honor” image!!

    So GROSS!!!!

  33. delfi2 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    I puked in my mouth as I was reading this…
    Disgusted is an understatement. I feel like someone should have smacked this idiot around (Sandusky) and got rid of his ass back in the 1999.
    Did this pedophile have other information about other coaches or something? I mean what kind of morons were running this place (PSU)?

    Institution of higher learning? Really?!?!

    Gross, pathetic, sick.

    Have fun in cell # whatever….freak. your wife should join you also….fwiw.

  34. dannyhaszard says: Jul 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    Penn State,Pedophile Priest and Jehovah’s Witnesses molestation unholy trinity big news same week.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses hit with $28 million sex abuse settlement Oakland,Calif.-Google it.

    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation.
    It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large.
    These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.
    The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.

    Danny Haszard *tell the truth don’t be afraid*

  35. mhalt99 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:25 AM

    bobthis says:
    Jul 12, 2012 10:15 AM
    As much as I think Paterno is guilty in this terrible scandal I also would hate to see the kids playing football at Penn State pay the tab for his egotistic attitude. There should be no sanctions against the team. Just fire and prosecute everyone involved.

    Why/How did this happen again? Oh yeah, it was people like you that thought more about a football program than about a sexual predator.

    Message to “We Are Penn State” – it’s over. you should announce a 2-4 year death penalty so the NCAA doesn’t have to bother, set up a fund for victims rights (% of proceeds from future games) and what else…oh yeah, TEAR DOWN THAT STATUE!!!!!

  36. psousa1 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    What the hell type of men could have sat by when they knew this was happening? Too sickening for words.

  37. malkinrulez says: Jul 12, 2012 11:51 AM

    Where is geo4444 to tell us all we are wrong about that mouse of a man Joe pa. What happened to those boys could have been avoided but a friendship to a child rapist was more important! F joe pa and all that follow him

  38. gorilladunk says: Jul 12, 2012 11:58 AM

    I keep thinking about all those students and PSU hangers-on that booed and harassed the board of trustees at the press conference the night JoePa was fired. I wonder where they are all at today? As my mom always says, “too soon old, too late smart”. This whole thing is enough to make any decent person sick to their stomach.

  39. mhalt99 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:00 PM

    malkinrulez says:

    The new tactic we will begin to see in the next few hours is that “Joe did so much good” and “You can’t judge a man by one mistake” and a bunch of other nonsense. I don’t think that penn staters are dumb enough to give him full fledge support anymore……though considering the riots on campus when this was initially announced maybe they are.

  40. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2012 12:01 PM

    @jimmy u got that right. I even think the report goes out of their way to say the BOT was in the dark. Anyone who has been to state college knows its a fishbowl. No way members did not know about 1998 or 2001. It simply wasnt the target. When someone pays you a couple million dollars to investigate you don’t turn the sword on them.

  41. papabush88 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:09 PM

    This is tough for me because I’ve always had a lot of respect for the Penn State program. Going to a Happy Valley whiteout game is on my bucket list. A writer on NBC says that Penn State should get the Death Penalty. I think the Death Penalty is a stupid punishment, but if SMU got it and deserved it, then Penn State deserves it big time. But I don’t want them to get it. But harboring a pedophile and allowing him to continue doing what he did and covering all of it up is more atrocious than paying a player because he’s gifted athletically. We focus too much on players getting paid, which is ridiculous because it’s not hurting anyone. In fact, it’s simply charity. But what happened at Penn State is really bad. Not sure what needs to happen in terms of punishment.

  42. saints97 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:15 PM

    I think we are seeing the new tactic for Paterno sympathizers right here.

    Play #1: Divert attention to the crooked Board of Trustees (who fired Paterno). Talk about how they are the most guilty, and that since they hired Freeh, he purposefully gives them cover.

    Play #2: Sarcasm – Obviously Joe Paterno is WAAYYY more guilty than Sandusky.

    Obviously, neither argument has anything to do with Paterno being a fraud and an enabler for child rape.

    Paterno was the top guy in a giant coverup in order to protect the reputation of himself and his football program. He is guilty of that, and that is heinous. It may not be as heinous as what Sandusky did, but it is still heinous. Had he done what a real man would have done, he would have prevented many children from getting raped. And that’s the bottom line here.

  43. burm61 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:19 PM

    You know what really makes me mad? Is the evidence is against Paterno but the “Mothership” ESPN still trolls out Millen to defend the guy and act like JoePa could never be a bad guy because he was so genuine 30 years ago… Give me a break!

  44. papabush88 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:19 PM


    Play #3: In hopes of distracting criticism, quickly bring up SMU’s DeathPenalty and Reggie Bush getting paid by an agent in San Diego when the NCAA concluded that no one at USC knew of it going on.

  45. wethog66 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:25 PM

    I have no love or hate for PSU Football, but 14 years of doing nothing while little Boys are victimized by a Monster? Pathetic.

    If SMU got a year for what went down in the late 80’s, then PSU Football should get at least 2 years of no football, but 5 years of no football is well earned.

  46. papabush88 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:31 PM

    Pre-Sandusky, from what we know, Paterno was great. A Legend. So, during that time, I have no hate for him. But it’s amazing how powerful stress and guilt are…that killed him for sure. And considering what is happening now, he’s lucky it did.

  47. manchestermiracle says: Jul 12, 2012 12:31 PM

    After reading all the comments on here I have had my faith in the college football nation’s conscience reaffirmed. If SMU and USC can receive major sanctions for a lack of institutional control, then this case cries out for a penalty that is head-and-shoulders above any meted out before. I agree with the comments calling for the PSU football program to be disbanded and the players permitted to transfer without penalty or delay. What a sad day for all institutions of “higher learning.” Perhaps this glaring lack of moral will be a yardstick for all other programs in the country. One can only hope.

  48. wethog66 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:38 PM

    I would find it appropriate for PSU Football to be disbanned for the number of years JoePa and his 3 sidekicks sat back and let little Boys get abused and raped.

    Thats 14 years. That would be one hell of a message sent to other Universities that participate in major college sports.

  49. papabush88 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:39 PM

    If USC had to disassociate themselves from Reggie Bush, then PSU should disassociate themselves from Paterno.

    USC took down Reggie’s Heisman jersey hanging in the Coliseum and removed his name and image from everywhere else on campus. And for what? Because he accepted money from a non-USC affiliated agent in San Diego unbeknownst to anyone at USC (according to the NCAA’s report). Come on! What atrocious act did Reggie commit? What he did was wrong, but how bad really was it? He accepted improper benefits. In other words, charity. Let’s not mince words here. Paterno covered up and protected a pedophile. Yet the NCAA seems to be more concerned with USC, South Carolina, Oregon, North Carolina and Ohio State…cases in which no one was harmed or violated.

  50. wethog66 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:43 PM


    Really not the right time.

  51. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jul 12, 2012 12:43 PM

    Page 97 reviews the findings on PSU’s Board of Trustees, who failed to inquire reasonably into Sandusky allegations in 1998 and 2001.

    And finally the pieces for the axe to fall on the BOT as well. An entire house cleaning is in order.

  52. galvezben says: Jul 12, 2012 12:44 PM

    The NCAA should send a letter of apology to SMU for giving them the death penalty. What PSU did is 100 times worse and far more damaging. This is what the death penalty is meant for. Football is a privilege not a right. PSU you forfeited your privileges.

  53. papabush88 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:45 PM


    Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiots out there that will still say that what USC’s football program did was worse. Which doesn’t make sense since USC didn’t do/know anything…it was all Reggie and that ex-agent. If the NCAA had a morality yardstick, Ohio State, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Miami would be in a lot of trouble, instead of the slap on the wrist they received (with exception to Miami, as they have not been tried).

  54. oldforester says: Jul 12, 2012 12:46 PM

    Eerie similarity with holocaust mentality:

    If the NCAA does not impose the death penalty, it will be open for accusations that it is guilty of the same type behavior that got Penn State in trouble for not making members of their institution accountable. That Penn State is ” too big” “too important” to have this happen.

    Its like world politics. You can do egregious things as long as you are big enough, strong enough, have a nuke in your back pocket. While the little weak guys get showered with cruise missiles, the big boys get away with more because they can be threatening – until they commit a holocaust.

    And that’s what has happened to Penn State. It is their holocaust that everyone wanted to ignore.

    This analogy is not far from the truth, the Penn State Fatherland with an unquestioned Paterno at the helm and Sandusky as Paterno’s Adolph Eichmann, allowed to continue his rape of children protected by the realm.

    The NCAA has no choice but close the program down – or lose all of its credibility.

  55. sasquash20 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:00 PM

    I wanted to believe in Joe Paterno. I wanted to believe that he did things the right way. But the truth is he didn’t. He could have blown the lid off of this before more kids got hurt. I once looked up to this man and what he stood for, but never again.

    I think PSU needs the most drastic punishment ever. Complete sports death penalty.

  56. normtide says: Jul 12, 2012 1:17 PM

    I have been against the death penalty, after seeing it shackle SMU to lower tier play and destroy the SWC. But, psu deserves nothing less. In fact, the ncaa should not have to do it, psu should self impose it. Thats the only way it will have any meaning. PSU was used as bait to draw in young boys to sandusky’s twisted world. It was basicly sanctioned by the men in charge. Psu is forever tarnished. They need to show the culture has changed, suspension of football is the only step that can be made.

  57. bennywisest says: Jul 12, 2012 1:24 PM

    I am not going to comment on who is at fault involving the Sandusky Scandal thing, but I am curious at how many people who are commenting actually read the Freeh Report? Judging by the length of the report and the time of some of these posts, their are quite a few people who choose not to inform themselves.

    The “breakdown” on this article regarding contents of the report, are not entirely accurate and are worded in a way to make Paterno look worse than the portrayal involving the facts in the report. I understand the majority viewpoint is against PSU and Paterno, but it would be nice for once to see news sources (not just this one by the way) accurately report without promoting their own bias. (I understand the whole ratings and scandal factor of using Paterno’s name in all this, but show a little professionalism). Please inform yourselves from the source material (the Freeh report) before you “make up your mind” since the current media in America chooses not too.

  58. jimmy53 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    geo4444?? wiz3421?? We’d love to get your spin on today’s events. Not trying to be a jerk, I know today must be hard–I’m just interested in what the last bastion of Paterno supporters have to say in light of todays’ reports.

  59. papabush88 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:34 PM


    ‘I am not going to comment on who is at fault involving the Sandusky Scandal thing, but I am curious at how many people who are commenting actually read the Freeh Report?

    To answer your question, probably not many. Then again, how many people do you think read reports such as the NCAA’s 67 page report on Reggie Bush and USC? Obviously not many, because to this day, people still think that it is fact that Pete Carroll, former AD Mike Garrett, and others at USC knew Reggie was taking money, when in fact, no one at USC (other than Reggie) knew it was happening.

  60. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jul 12, 2012 1:35 PM

    The “breakdown” on this article regarding contents of the report, are not entirely accurate and are worded in a way to make Paterno look worse than the portrayal involving the facts in the report.

    So in other words, Ben’s highlights of the reports show Paterno gets a -10 on his handling of things, whereas if you read the entire report, he deserves a -8. Got you.

  61. jimmy53 says: Jul 12, 2012 1:45 PM

    bennywisest: Please tell us what you are specifically talking about because I have read the report, and other thane editing it down to quotes (which is common) the text of the report is accurate. However, you might have seen something I did not…

  62. jimbo75025 says: Jul 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    In reading through all of this in terms of who was to blame for what, something struck me that I really did not think of in the last 8 months-where were the parents in all of this?

    In the 1998 incident you had Sandusky basically admitting it to the mothers face. No charges? Do you think a news organization might have been interested in this then? I know that was the birth of the internet age, but heck yes I think the news would have been all over a coach at PSU having weird contact with little boys. If the legal system fails you, then fight your battle elsewhere and put pressure on somebody to do something.

  63. normtide says: Jul 12, 2012 2:14 PM

    Papbush, not sure what usc has to do with this. Bama was punished over a booster once. It sucks, but maybe it is time to move on. For what it is worth, I agree with you on some points. But, this article is about something that is beyond football.

    I do not see an agenda against joepa. Everyone loved him. That does not change what he turned a blind eye to. This is an example of a man doing so many things right, but it all falling down over a stupid decision. All tbh good in the world does not balance out letting children be sexually abused. Or, allowing a monster free run, much less at a place of learning, much less kids from homes without fathers. There is no way to spin this. I look at any child, and can not help but see my own. I would have killed sandusky, joepa, and the rest had it been mine.

  64. bennywisest says: Jul 12, 2012 2:35 PM


    In regards to the section on Sandusky retirement and the CFT bullet:

    “Sandusky notifies Curley in 1999 that he is considering retirement. Paterno “gives him the option to continue to coach as long as he was the [head] coach.” Sandusky then assaults Victim 4 during the 1999 Alamo Bowl. ”

    If you refer to pages 57-58 (Negotiating the Agreement) of the Freer report pdf and Exhibit 3-G (pdf page 206) the quotations in this are said by Curley not Paterno. The way this section reads it sounds like Paterno offered this to Sandusky as soon as retirement was considered.

    Reading the report there appears to be alot of discussion amongs the PSU officials on how to approach Sandusky retiring (he is retiring after 30 years and would gain more severance at 35). The whole section has Sandusky’s requests for him to retire early (Exhibit 3-F). The PSU officials were looking at ways for him to retire without agreeing to all of his stipulations and not giving him too much money.

    In regards to the 2001 incident and CFT’s bullet:

    “◦After hearing of the incident from Paterno, Curley, Spanier and Schultz were prepared to execute an action plan that included informing the board chairman of Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, and child welfare services. That plan changes after Curley speaks with Paterno. This occurs between Feb. 27-28, 2001.”

    This is taken from the Exhibit 2F (page 179 of the PDF) also referenced on page 51 of the report in footnote “l”. The email format is a bit messed up but Curley says about half way down in the email chain “I had scheduled a meeting with you this afternoon about the subject we discussed on Sunday. After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday — I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”

    Yes Curley does change his mind after speaking with Paterno, but he also says after giving it more thought himself.

  65. saints97 says: Jul 12, 2012 2:40 PM

    Wow. So now the Pedophilia EnablersApologists Brigade is going with the “media bias” angle? Seriously?

    I have read the report. I have read everything I can get my hands on. Everything points to Joe Paterno being in on a coverup of this since the late 1990’s.

    The few Paterno apologists that are left are truly a delusional breed.

  66. steeltiger34 says: Jul 12, 2012 2:59 PM

    I attended PSU in the mid 90’s. This is sickening. I love football, but the life of a child is a little more important. All of this to protect the program??! I do not typically speak ill of the dead, but Paterno is shameful! Everyone of these insiders needs to be prosecuted and see real jail time! Sickened!

  67. dkhhuey says: Jul 12, 2012 3:01 PM

    I didn’t think it was possible but after reading the entire report – I am even more sickened than I was before! There was an EPIC failure at every level and by every single person that was exposed to Sandusky’s actions. There isn’t a place dark or vile enough to throw all of these f@#$ers into. The NCAA needs to deal this vile group of pedophile promoters the death penalty for quite some time! I am thoroughly sickened by their actions! My god, they paid this man, gave him awards and accolades, and did charity events FOR F@#$ING CHILDREN know that he was anally raping and molesting them.

    Joe Paterno’s name needs to removed from anything and everything, including the record books, and that statue needs to be destroyed.

  68. delfi2 says: Jul 12, 2012 3:26 PM

    Ponder this…

    Paterno was 75 or 76 years old in 1999. Program not doing too well, on the proverbial ‘hot seat’ and THEN……he receives news of his BFF being a pedophile freak. HE FELT THE WALLS STARTING TO CRUMBLE AROUND HIM.

    so he ponders:


    so he DECIDES:

    Rather cover it up and hold everyone around me hostage to not come forth with any damaging knowledge that would jeopardize the brand, image, program….NICE decision making there….

    SO who deserves more of the blame?

    Spannier? AD? other administrators or coaches?

    Who gets blame for letting this person (Joepa) who failed not only his apparent friend, but the entire university, community and for that matter, all of us who were not PSU fans but admired what the school apparently stood for. Moral values, family,yada yada yada….

    Sandusky needed obvious help. Joepa did not recognize this. decided to rather protect himself?

    my point: He KNEW how damaging this could potentially have been and he clearly made a conscious decision to sweep it under the rug rather than risk his entire life’s work and turn his bff in.




  69. objectivenflfan says: Jul 12, 2012 3:30 PM

    Can we change our language on the subject matter? Jerry Sandusky is a “Pedophile”?

    Pedophine comes from the Greek meaning “child love” “one who loves children”

    What’s your definition of love?

    How about instead we use Pedoscele – Scele – “Evil Deed”

    Jerry Sandusky doesn’t love children. He is not a Pedophile. He is an evil man who hurt and ruined the lives of many young boys. He will rot.

  70. raiderufan says: Jul 12, 2012 3:31 PM

    If they’ll cover up the abuse and molestation of children I’d think a player taking money or failing a drug test would be pretty quickly covered up. This may very well be the beginning of something we can’t even imagine. Possibly leading to shutting down the entire athletic department

    I realize first and foremost that this is terrible and what the children went through is unforgivable…I agree with 99% of the posts here…I’m just thinking out loud a bit and this could and probably should ruin this college in every way imaginable.

  71. delfi2 says: Jul 12, 2012 4:00 PM


    semantics buddy. nevertheless, we are speaking english, and not greek. right?

    go to greece and correct them over there, they need all the help they can get.

  72. mrqwag says: Jul 12, 2012 4:08 PM

    Does anybody else think it’s ironic that all of this came out on the slowest sports day of the year?

  73. jimmy53 says: Jul 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    Bennywisest: You are right, the CFT article does not state that the quote was attributed to Curley.

    However, you didn’t just condemn CFT–you condemned the media as a whole in your message. You don’t have anything to back this up. BTW, CFT is considered a blog site NOT a news site.

    I personally think ESPN is doing surprisingly well in its coverage; going as far as to even put Matt Millen on to offer a half hearted (and somewhat sad) defense of Paterno. And in each discussion they mention all four figures.

    The main problem with your argument is—so what??? This is a semantical argument, that doesn’t change the level of culpability by any of the four figures named. All your message is allowing for is (what?) that Curley lied, and Paterno never said that Sandusky could continue coaching. Once again, so what? This is peanuts in the big picture. Let’s say Paterno didn’t say it, this doesn’t reduce his culpability, or that of anyone else. They’re ALL guilty, and should share equal blame. As Mark May said today (yes, I can’t believe I’m quoting May) they are all equally guilty for helping to shelter a child predator for at least 14 years.

    This is tragic, and there is no excuse or defense for any of them–not Curley, not Spanier, not Paterno, not the BOT etc.

  74. ghengy says: Jul 12, 2012 4:23 PM

    I’d like to know who investigated the “failure of leadership” when Louis Freeh lorded over the murders of 250 men, women, and children at Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Oklahoma City?

    Reading the report now and some of these details are troubling considering many of them are in direct conflict with previous reports and testimony. Not trying to minimize as everybody involved is guilty of a cover up and worse. What I do know is that Louis Freeh is here for containment and scapegoating and that the breadth of the full truth of what happened with Second Mile will never be known.

    We still dont know what drove the decision by Penn State to cover this up or why the DA and police buried Sandusky’s activities in 1999.

    Essentially we have another cover up of a cover up of another sex scandal by a man responsible for mass murders and just like the Franklin Sex Scandal was buried you can forget about ever understanding what really happened here. Go dig up Ray Gricar and ask him what happened.. oh yeah, he’s still “missing.”

  75. bennywisest says: Jul 12, 2012 4:33 PM

    I agree with you that there should be blame for everyone involved in this coverup, but I do think there were different degrees.

    You are correct CFT is a blog, but it is run by a news organization. In regards to my comdemnation of the rest of the media: most news sources have sold this story since day 1 with Paterno’s name at the forefront.
    “Report: Paterno, other Penn State leaders showed no concern for sex abuse victims” (MSNBC news link).

    I understand there is a business to the News but the coverup involved quite a few people (many with alot more culpability than Paterno).

    The main point to my orginal post was just a plea for people to go and read the report and educate themselves on the facts, not to blindly follow news sources or remarks of other commentors, all of whom may have their own bias.

    PS. I didn’t get to see any ESPN coverage, I’ll take a look when I get home.

  76. daboyzaredabombdiggity says: Jul 12, 2012 4:57 PM

    Next up: Penn State files liquidation bankruptcy…Paterno statue bought at auction, then crushed and bumped into lake Erie….

  77. jimmy53 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    bennywisest: They are not affiliated with NBC News, and they don’t claim to be a standard news source. Take a look at the “about” link above and I think you might be surprised to read them state:

    “We don’t have editors, we don’t have agendas, we don’t owe anyone anything and we don’t care.”

    “We’re the first to admit that we don’t always adhere to pure journalistic standards.”

    Right or wrong they are very honest about the service they are providing.

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