Spanier and Sandusky attend the Second Mile Celebrity Golf Classic in State College

Reactions to the Freeh report from around college football


Earlier this morning, the report led by former FBI chief Louis Freeh investigating Penn State’s actions in the Jerry Sandusky case was released.

As expected, its contents were beyond damaging to several PSU admins, as well as former coach Joe Paterno. 

But coverage of the Freeh report is just beginning. We’ll post certain individual reactions of the report from around college football as they come in, but check back to this page throughout the day for other statements, columns and links.


— The Big Ten issued a statement last night before the Freeh release. It doesn’t say much, but if you’re interested… 

— What happened at Penn State is a lesson for all schools, writes Stewart Mandel. A solid piece.

— Sally Jenkins calls Paterno a “hubristic, indictable hypocrite.”

— Penn State reps issued a series of statements as well.

— No doubt about it, Paterno’s legacy is in shreds, writes John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.

— Nike has already taken Paterno’s name off the child development center on its Beaverton campus.

— Former Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington calls the Freeh report “ unbiased and fair.

— The Paterno family “accepts the criticism” of Joe’s actions in the Sandusky scandal.

— Video of the Freeh press conference.

— The NCAA says Penn State has four questions to which it needs to respond. What exactly is the NCAA looking for?

— Penn State passed legislation Wednesday limiting athletic facility access to players and athletics personnel.

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson arrested on murder charge

Thomas Johnson
Associated Press

A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”

“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.

The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.