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Updated: Penn State reps address Freeh report

Vice Chairman Surma announces the termination of Penn State football coach Paterno and Penn State President Spanier in State College AP

Following the release of the Freeh report, Penn State’s Board of Trustees, which initiated the investigation, released the following statement. They are set to have a meeting tomorrow.

“Today with the report released by Judge Louis Freeh, the Penn State Board of Trustees delivered on the commitment we made last November when we engaged Judge Freeh to conduct an independent investigation into the University’s actions regarding former Penn State employee, Jerry Sandusky, and the handling of allegations of the child abuse crimes of which he has since been found guilty.Judge Freeh and his team conducted a rigorous eight month investigation into all aspects of the University’s actions to determine where breakdowns occurred and what changes should be made for the future. We like many others have eagerly anticipated Judge Freeh’s Report of the findings of his investigation.

His 267 page report has just been released at http://thefreehreportonpsu.com/home2/ and we are currently reviewing his findings and recommendations. We expect a comprehensive analysis of our policies, procedures and controls related to identifying and reporting crimes and misconduct, including failures or gaps that may have allowed alleged misconduct to go undetected or unreported. We will provide our initial response later today.

We want to ensure we are giving the report careful scrutiny and consideration before making any announcements or recommendations. We are convening an internal team comprising the Board of Trustees, University administration and our legal counsel to begin analyzing the report and digesting Judge Freeh’s findings.

As we anticipate the review and approval process will take some time, our initial response and immediate next steps will be presented at 3:30 at the Dayton/Taylor Conference Room at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.

These top-line reactions will provide an overview of our process for developing and implementing a plan once we have studied the report and have a better understanding of what it means and how we can implement findings to strengthen Penn State’s role as a leading academic institution and ensure that what occurred will never be allowed to happen again.” 

Dave Joyner, Penn State Acting Director of Athletics
“Earlier today we received, along with the general public, a first look at Judge Freeh’s final report. I have read the report, and will continue to review it in closer detail in the coming days. The report concludes that individuals entrusted to positions of authority, shunned the basic responsibility to protect children, and innocent children suffered as a result. Moving forward, we must do everything within our capacity to restore trust in Penn State, and the Athletic Department will play a central and leading role in that process. Through these difficult times, we remain committed to the highest ideal and embodiment of the student-athlete, and we will emerge a stronger institution.”

Bill O’Brien, Penn State Head Football Coach
 “Today we received the results of the Freeh Group’s investigation into what transpired at Penn State. I am carefully reading the report and recommendations with respect to the football department, including any gaps that may exist, to identify what changes can and should be made. I stand with the University leadership in a shared commitment to driving a culture of honesty, integrity, responsible leadership and accountability at all levels and within all units of our institution. We can and we must do better. Nonetheless, I too remain proud of the accomplishments and character of Penn State’s many generations of student-athletes, and I look forward to doing my part to ensure we emerge stronger than before.“

You can read more reactions from around college football about the Freeh report HERE.

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27 Responses to “Updated: Penn State reps address Freeh report”
  1. delfi2 says: Jul 12, 2012 4:27 PM

    Spannier, once was considered an educational leader of higher learning in this great country…..smh

  2. bobulated says: Jul 12, 2012 4:30 PM

    “alleged misconduct”? They heard Sandusky was convicted, right?

  3. t16rich says: Jul 12, 2012 4:33 PM

    Am I alone in feeling they deserve as bad of punishment that USC recently got…. At least that. They covered this up so their football program could keep running without any distractions or controversy. Your move NCAA. If USC and Ohio St football programs can face discipline for their Reggie Bush and Tattoo accusations, then what happens to the program who protects a pedophile all for the purpose of keeping their football machine running smoothly?

  4. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 4:34 PM

    I expected more from a first statement, my bad…

  5. stoutfiles says: Jul 12, 2012 4:36 PM

    @t16rich

    They will be getting it much, much worse than USC did. This is a dark day for college sports.

  6. drlpdl06 says: Jul 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    @bobulated, I thought the exact same thing when I read through this the first time. But now I tend to think that they mean “alleged misconduct” on the part of Schultz, Spanier, Paterno and Curley. I sincerely hope they aren’t still in denial over the actual criminal activities perpetrated by Sandusky.

  7. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 12, 2012 4:44 PM

    Somebody needs to go “Harvey Updyke” on that damn statue! Tear it down and throw it in the deep ocean.

  8. t16rich says: Jul 12, 2012 4:53 PM

    @stoutfiles

    I love it. I hope it isn’t dragged out and they lay the smack down soon.

  9. polegojim says: Jul 12, 2012 5:20 PM

    @t16 – you ‘love’ it? Seriously?

    What is there to ‘love’ about this on any front, view point, or position?

    It’s ONLY sad – for the kids, for students, for all those associated with PSU that DIDN’T get a chance to do the right thing, but will now suffer the consequences of a few who hid the truth.

    I see nothing to ‘love’ even about the deserved sentence/judgement forthcoming. It’s all completely and unequivocally painful, regretable, and most sadly, was complete avoidable so early on.

  10. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:27 PM

    This is a dark day for PENN STATE..not college sports

    They are the only ones affiliated with this and if the NCAA has any balls, should be given the death penalty

  11. stoutfiles says: Jul 12, 2012 5:35 PM

    @rickrock6661982

    It makes all major football programs look bad. They have way too much control over the university and cause a lack of checks/balances. USC/OSU/PSU…they’re just the ones that have been caught. How many others have skeletons in their closets?

  12. joewilliesshnoz says: Jul 12, 2012 5:36 PM

    Typical reaction from a bunch of ultra conservative snobs .

  13. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    The board is a bunch of spineless worms as well. To say that in the fishbowl that is state college they didn’t know either is as naive as I was originally when I thought could be absolved of any wrongdoing. The Complicity goes far beyond the 4 condemned but as long as paterno was one that is sufficient for the masses. I wish this report went deeper and wider than what I knew 8 months ago. But it appears it was completely focused on proving guilt of the 4 named. No mention of previous investigation that led no charges, no mention of second mile, no mention of our current governor, previous attorney general and member of the board corbett who was running and investigation but never deemed it important to notify the board that he sat on. A lot of people walke away clean today that should not have.

  14. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:45 PM

    @ stoutfiles

    Putting USC and OSU is the same breath as PSU is not only laughable but disgusting.

    Apples and Oranges, bro

  15. t16rich says: Jul 12, 2012 5:58 PM

    @polegojim

    Too strong of a word I suppose. I can’t lie, I want to see the football program get suspended. And in terms of football and only football, I could care less about those students at Penn State who weren’t involved but would miss out on football games because a few hid the truth. USC and Ohio St fans are going through the same thing and the NCAA could care less once they have a case against you. It sucks that it is about football, but Penn State took it there with the cover up, so the football program deserves to be dealt with even if this whole thing is bigger than football. With that being said, I truly hope that real justice comes and Sandusky suffers for the rest of his existence and all those people involved with the cover up go to prison.

  16. tobayle2661 says: Jul 12, 2012 6:06 PM

    Unfortunate circumstances, but Joe did report this to his superiors. Let’s hang them first before we chastise a Pennsylvania icon and forget all of his other good work.

  17. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 12, 2012 6:14 PM

    Where the hell is PSUblueandwhite now?

  18. mogogo1 says: Jul 12, 2012 6:33 PM

    tobayle2661 says:
    Unfortunate circumstances, but Joe did report this to his superiors.
    _________________

    Can we finally put this garbage argument to rest? JoePa had NO superiors at Penn State from a practical standpoint. Have you read the emails between the administrators? They were going to report it to the authorities but JoePa told them not to because that wouldn’t be “humane” to Sandusky. And, anything JoePa wanted, JoePa got.

  19. ndrocks2 says: Jul 12, 2012 6:48 PM

    These arrogant asses have no idea they are to be dealt the harshest penalty in the history of collegiate sports and it will still not be enough. How about they let their son’s and grandson’s spend a weekend at Jerry’s? Would they have handled it differently then?

  20. iownyou2 says: Jul 12, 2012 7:52 PM

    @mogogo1

    Can we finally put this garbage argument to rest? JoePa had NO superiors at Penn State from a practical standpoint. Have you read the emails between the administrators? They were going to report it to the authorities but JoePa told them not to because that wouldn’t be “humane” to Sandusky. And, anything JoePa wanted, JoePa got.
    —————————————————–
    Obviously you have also not read the report bc the line “wouldnt be humane” was used specifically by shultz, and spanier. It was written there in plain english so im not sure where you went wrong. And is also states numerous times that Paterno “wanted updates”as to how the situation was being passed along after he passed it along. And from my reading (im 100 pages in) it looks to me like 98% of the conversation of the situation occurred between Shultz, Spanier, and Curley. Any normal person would figure that they were the ring leaders in this whole mess. But of course you like everyone else are hunting for the big name in this (Paterno).

  21. snikerbotloot says: Jul 12, 2012 8:24 PM

    iownyou2 says:
    Obviously you have also not read the report bc the line “wouldnt be humane” was used specifically by shultz, and spanier. It was written there in plain english so im not sure where you went wrong. And is also states numerous times that Paterno “wanted updates”as to how the situation was being passed along after he passed it along. And from my reading (im 100 pages in) it looks to me like 98% of the conversation of the situation occurred between Shultz, Spanier, and Curley. Any normal person would figure that they were the ring leaders in this whole mess. But of course you like everyone else are hunting for the big name in this (Paterno).
    _____________________________
    You’re missing the bigger picture.

    JoePa coached there for almost 46 years – do you really think Schultz, Spanier & Curley were making the final decision without his approval? Like you said, he was the biggest name there, and you have to believe he knew what it would have done to his legacy, his program. He brushed it under the rug, never even attempted to reach out to the victims.

    The culture there was dominated by the football program and sadly, that culture allowed this to happen.

  22. iownyou2 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:44 PM

    @snikerbotloot

    I completely understand the big picture, i’m not denying any blame placed. But you are reading the same emails and context as I am. Shultz, Spanier, and Curley were the ring leaders. Freeh’s report specifically shows Paterno mentioned in the emails only as an afterthought. Unlike those three, he was offering himself up to this investigation until the day he died. Could he have done more, Yes. But so could dozens and dozens of others. My point is people brush other people who did much more wrong and had their hands way more in this scandle under the rug to focus on the big name. That is undeniable.

  23. psuravens19 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:14 PM

    @iownyou2:

    Get a freaking clue…

    Signed,
    A PSU Alum

  24. granadafan says: Jul 12, 2012 11:59 PM

    Funny how the statements from Penn St, Dave Joyner, and Bill O’Brien sound almost exactly the same. Hmmm, they wouldn’t be written by the same lawyer now would they? Naaaaaah.

  25. 1historian says: Jul 13, 2012 6:45 AM

    It is true that Joe DID report this to his superiors but it is also true that he was an icon on that campus and he knew it – from all reports he acted like it on more than one occasion. But if he had done more than was actually required – CYA – something would have been done and Sandusky would have been stopped dead in his tracks.

    To borrow a phrase from my Company Commander in boot camp – if he had said “shit” the higher ups would have replied with “where when and what color?”

    But he didn’t.

  26. ukeone says: Jul 13, 2012 5:44 PM

    stoutfiles says:
    Jul 12, 2012 5:35 PM
    (directed @ rickrock6661982)

    “It makes all major football programs look bad. They have way too much control over the university and cause a lack of checks/balances. USC/OSU/PSU…they’re just the ones that have been caught. How many others have skeletons in their closets?”
    ———————————————————-
    Boy, is someone’s imagination going haywire!!! If you are insinuating that the NCAA needs to launch a full-scale “witch-hunt”of all large scale college & university football programs because of this terrible tragedy at PSU, you are way off, buddy! Keep your focus and perspective on the problem-at-hand (namely: PSU, its administration and perpetrators) and not blow this whole thing into an all-out eqivalent of the ‘Salem Witch Trials.’ GEEEZ! USC (aka. Reggie Bush) and OSU (aka. the great ‘tattoo scandal’) got their due; and, Nebraska got their ‘hands slapped’ for giving their students ‘an extra book’ for their education (oh, the ‘horror’…let’s get the scaffold ready!))…This situation at PSU is by far horrifically ‘tragic’ in every way; the victims are suffering terribly through all this; and, everyone’s anger (locally, nationally and even beyond) is blatently obvious. But, we don’t need to start ‘waving our pitchforks,’ point our fingers in ‘all directions’ and summarily assume that this problem is as widespread as ‘you want it to be, stoutfiles. ‘ Many of the institutions that you allege may have ‘skeletons in their closets’ (I’m sure there may be some) are just waiting for this kind of reaction to occur, and this domino-effect (if we allow it to be) could spell trouble for college athletics everywhere (if we decide to blow this whole thing out of proportion). Granted, in regard to PSU and ‘all the Sanduskys out there’…our children will ‘always come first’…and we will always vow to protect them ‘at all costs’ period!…However, let’s not get ‘hysterically out-of-control’ and assume ‘too much’ or we’re all in really big trouble. I hope this entire sitution gets handled decisively and ‘as quickly and efficiently’ as possible, so that these kids can ‘finally start’ their long and difficult healing process. That’s where my focus is on ‘the most’ in all this! How about instead of ‘focusing so much on PSU,’ why don’t we all pitch-in and focus more on supporting the victims in any way we can? Say something ‘positive’ for their sake!

  27. latchbeam says: Jul 15, 2012 8:31 PM

    DEATH PENALTY

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