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Paterno family blasts NCAA, Penn State in statement

Joe Paterno and his wife Sue greet supporters outside their home in State College in still image taken from video Reuters

C’mon, you knew it was coming.

As part of the sanctions levied by the NCAA against Penn State Monday morning, the Nittany Lions football program was forced to vacate all 112 wins from 1998-2011.  111 of those wins belonged to Joe Paterno, meaning the deceased former head coach will officially be recognized as winning 298 games and hand over the title of winningest FBS coach to Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and his 377 wins.

And, as has ofttimes been the case throughout this sordid soap opera, the family of the late head coach has issued a statement addressing the latest development.

In large part, the family blasted the NCAA, stating that the association has become the latest entity to “defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.”  The statement went on to say that “[p]unishing past, present and future students of the University because of Sandusky’s crimes does not serve justice.”

It also didn’t serve as justice to Sandusky’s victims for high-ranking school officials to actively engage in a cover-up that ultimately led to additional victims at the hands of a convicted serial pedophile, but whatever I guess.

It’s understandable that the Paterno family would want to protect the legacy of their husband/father/grandfather/etc.; what’s not understandable is the family, with each passing statement, publicly placing more importance on that tattered legacy than they seemingly do the victims.

The family also used the statement as a platform to blast Penn State for accepting the historic sanctions “without requiring a full due process hearing before the Committee on Infractions.”

Anyway, here’s the Paterno family’s latest attempt to salvage what’s left of the coach’s legacy:

“Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it. The horrific acts committed by Jerry Sandusky shock the conscience of every decent human being. How Sandusky was able to get away with his crimes for so long has yet to be fully understood, despite the claims and assertions of the Freeh report.

The release of the Freeh report has triggered an avalanche of vitriol, condemnation and posthumous punishment on Joe Paterno. The NCAA has now become the latest party to accept the report as the final word on the Sandusky scandal. The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.

That the President, the Athletic Director and the Board of Trustees accepted this unprecedented action by the NCAA without requiring a full due process hearing before the Committee on Infractions is an abdication of their responsibilities and a breach of their fiduciary duties to the University and the 500,000 alumni. Punishing past, present and future students of the University because of Sandusky’s crimes does not serve justice. This is not a fair or thoughtful action; it is a panicked response to the public’s understandable revulsion at what Sandusky did.

The point of due process is to protect against this sort of reflexive action. Joe Paterno was never interviewed by the University or the Freeh Group. His counsel has not been able to interview key witnesses as they are represented by counsel related to ongoing litigation. We have had no access to the records reviewed by the Freeh group. The NCAA never contacted our family or our legal counsel. And the fact that several parties have pending trials that could produce evidence and testimony relevant to this matter has been totally discounted.

Unfortunately all of these facts have been ignored by the NCAA, the Freeh Group and the University.”

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109 Responses to “Paterno family blasts NCAA, Penn State in statement”
  1. stoutfiles says: Jul 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    Ah, finally! I’ve been waiting all day for the Paterno family to say something stupid.

  2. daboyzaredabombdiggity says: Jul 23, 2012 2:34 PM

    Such passion from the family of the losing-est coach of all time.

  3. bennywisest says: Jul 23, 2012 2:36 PM

    “what’s not understandable is the family, with each passing statement, publicly placing more importance on that tattered legacy than they seemingly do the victims.”

    JT, did you read the first paragraph of the statement?

  4. jdh1016j says: Jul 23, 2012 2:36 PM

    The white millionaire football coach is always the scapegoat. When will this country enter the 21st century?

  5. mhalt99 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    The Pa-Terd-O family went on to say: History will show that Poland asked to be invaded, and the “so called” six million “victims” were simply getting spa treatments when they went into those showers.

    Joe Pa-Terd-O had nothing to do with the Naz……er with the Sandusky party!….

    ….he was simply under orders from his superiors!

  6. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:41 PM

    “Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it.” –

    I stopped reading right here. I know it’s a tough pill to swallow Paternos’ however Joe undeniably did both – deal with it – the boys who were raped still are.

  7. shardar says: Jul 23, 2012 2:42 PM

    This family is a joke.

  8. auburntigers34 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:42 PM

    the family that refuses to face facts and STFU.

  9. delfi2 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:43 PM

    AND here we go….

    Your family, Joepa specifically, had many chances to tell his side of the story – 15 YEARS ASSHOLES!!

    Paterno Family needs to shut the F*** up.

    Have some dignity, jeez.

  10. srackis says: Jul 23, 2012 2:44 PM

    “The NCAA never contacted our family or our legal counsel”.

    This is the arrogance and hubris that created this mess for Penn State.

  11. psublueandwhite says: Jul 23, 2012 2:46 PM

    What facts? The only “fact” is Sandusky raped boys. There are quite literally no other items that are facts. That is part of the problem and the reason for their anger along with many others.

    Just because others are not speaking up about it (for fear of being outcast by others) many others believe a point of view other than “paterno covered it up and enabled”.

    Look at the blind polls where people vote. A large percentage of people do not agree with what many of you say is “obvious” or “the facts”.

  12. randygnyc says: Jul 23, 2012 2:47 PM

    The Penn State Legacy

    2 years ago;
    Joe Paterno=greatest college football coach ever

    10 years ago;
    Joe Paterno=was complicit in the anal rape of children.

    20 years from now;
    Who was Joe Paterno? Oh, he was a child rapist.

  13. jimmy53 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:48 PM

    “The NCAA…has become the latest entity to defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.”

    What fantasy land do they live in that they (the Paternos) think they should be consulted by the NCAA concerning this investigation????? This is one more example of the exalted sense of self created for J.P and that family in the Happy Valley bubble. Ridiculous.

  14. moagecu says: Jul 23, 2012 2:49 PM

    This family is the embarrassment of the United States.

  15. kiopta1 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:49 PM

    If I was Bowden I would feel a bit off at claiming the record under these circumstances…but that’s just me.

  16. stretch8 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:49 PM

    The family needs to work with a public relations firm. If they already are, it’s time to get a new firm. They can’t and shouldn’t handle this on their own.

  17. thraiderskin says: Jul 23, 2012 2:50 PM

    Wow Delfi2, you were right, the NCAA literally bypassed who they are and how they operate and hammerred PSU… my hats off to you, not just for demanding the NCAA do something(like the morons), but for them to go above their station to do so.

  18. dietrich43 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    JoePa may never have spoken words that condoned the rape of children or minimized the victims, but his actions did.

  19. miamifishfan says: Jul 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    Any statement that does not include the word “shame” should just be ignored

  20. psublueandwhite says: Jul 23, 2012 2:53 PM

    If the Freeh group interviewed “every person possible” how could they leave out his family and other key admins?

    It can be argued that the DIDN’T interview THE MOST important people in terms if this whole thing!

    They ones they failed to interview were the only ones privy to the information in question. Yet somehow, through hearsay and second hand information, they came to all these “conclusions”.

    Put your emotions aside and look at the way things have been conducted. Nothing would ever stand the test of a jury in court.

  21. raiderufan says: Jul 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    I’d like to know exactly what they feel the NCAA was supposed to do?

    USC got sanctions over the action of one player taking some benefits.

    OSU got sanctions over the actions of a few players that simply traded memoribilia.

    Penn St had a football program led by men from the coach to the top of the chain covering up a child molesting coach for the sake of the image of the program. They allowed him to maintain offices on the campus for his child recruiting while KNOWING what he was doing to them.

    If the actions at Penn St don’t define lack of institutional control I don’t know what does….if the NCAA wants to maintain control over how the student athletes handle them selves while apart of the NCAA how exactly would they justify suspending a player for the mild things they suspend them for while allowing a coaching staff and the higher ups to get off with a slap on the wrist? They couldn’t. They had to crush Penn St and they did.

    This is one of the few days/times/moments/you name it’s that I applaud the NCAA. They acted swiftly and in the manner they should have.

  22. SkeletalDrawing says: Jul 23, 2012 2:55 PM

    I’ve written several long-winded attempts to acknowledge the difficulty the Paterno family is going through, but now it’s just time to STFU. Grieve privately, stop pretending like there’s some large untold story out their hiding behind once of the most complete investigations ever done, and irrefutable proof that Joe Paterno was lying to reporters up to the week before his death about what he knew and when he knew it.

  23. 1sportschica says: Jul 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    ‘…..the family blasted the NCAA, stating that the association has become the latest entity to “defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.’ Really–they knew him that well? Somehow I don’t think they did, otherwise they’re equally as guilty of the massive coverup perpetrated by order of Paterno. And what other input does the family have to contribute? There’s not one thing more I want to hear from any of them except that of a sincere apology.

  24. tomtravis76 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:58 PM

    ”“Sexual abuse is reprehensible, especially when it involves children, and no one starting with Joe Paterno condones or minimizes it. ”

    That is the problem, Joe Paterno did condone it, it did minimize the sexual abuse. We are here because as one of the leaders of his community/university, he protected his football program and schools reputation instead of stopping the worst child abuse scandal involving leaders at a University and well known athletic program.

  25. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 23, 2012 3:00 PM

    whats not understandable is a report from a cover up artist himself being used as fact! Yes, Freeh is the same former head of the FBI who shut down the investigation into TWA 800 when THEIR OWN lab found missile fuel on one of the seats… As someone who lost someone i knew for years (our parents were best friends), to this day we have never gotten straight answers because of what Freeh did. Furthermore, to say no action was taken after 98 is insane. The cops followed up in that case, and failed to press charges. What is Joe supposed to do?!? He couldnt fire him without proper cause, and if the cops didnt have enough evidence then i doubt Joe could have either. On top of that, THE BOARD, NOT JOE, gave him the access to the school after he quit being a coach. This important aspect is long overlooked for some reason. That said, i keep the victims in my prayers and hope this tragic situation doesnt ruin anymore lives (except Sandusky’s that is)

  26. herbiecane says: Jul 23, 2012 3:02 PM

    “The horrific acts committed by Jerry Sandusky shock the conscience of every decent human being.”

    Note to Jay Paterno- read your own words. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    Every decent human being.
    Every DECENT human being.

    But not your old man. At least not enough to do anything about it, lest his beloved program get some bad press.
    How’d that work out?

    Paterno’s- don’t go away mad. Just go away.

  27. contract says: Jul 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    Due process is sooooooo overrated. Lynch mobs and witch trials are the future.

  28. jimmy53 says: Jul 23, 2012 3:13 PM

    Look PSU fans— Your university paid for an independent report to be done by a former judge and FBI Director. I get it–you don’t like the results, but you can’t pretend to be shocked and outraged when the NCAA penalizes PSU based off a report THAT THEY SPONSORED! Florida State self reported their cheating scandal based off their own investigation—would it have made any sense to then come back after the fact and fight the results that they provided THEMSELVES. The Freeh Report was an independent investigation–not a court case, and the NCAA is a voluntary organization, which means they can pretty much punish and rule in any way they see fit–as long as they have the backing of their Board (which they do).

    I’ve seen PSU fans on here blame journalists, the Freeh Report, the NCAA, and now they’re fighting the position of THEIR OWN UNIVERSITY! It’s time for you to move on. Your own university has accepted the penalties levied at them, and are prepared to focus on rebuilding and championing measures to make sure this doesn’t happen again–NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. The time for debating and blaming is over. PSU has the opportunity to rebuild their program in a way that is an example to the nation on how to do things.

  29. 49ersgiants4life says: Jul 23, 2012 3:16 PM

    I agree with all of the sanctions against penn state they are well deserved but how do you vacate 112 wins pretend they never happened?

  30. dkhhuey says: Jul 23, 2012 3:16 PM

    @psu – stop! We get it – the vast majority of PSU fans don’t want to see their precious coach and program tarnished so you justify your position that nothing bad happened outside of your ex coach anally raping children in the PSU showers and team hotels. Who gives a sh!t about interviewing the Paterno family or Joe Paterno. His lying testimony at the Grand Jury was already on the books and there was no need to ask him the same questions so he could lie again. The emails back and forth are digital records of what took place and the notes are easily verified by handwriting analysis so your ridiculous assumption that Freeh was somehow biased and the report is not based in facts is pathetic. Get your priorities straight! Your entire football program was hideously focused on winning football games and the PSU brand instead of enabling Sandusky to violate and molest children. The levels of denial and delusion wafting out of PSU is just plain f@#$ing disgusting!

  31. credds65 says: Jul 23, 2012 3:17 PM

    Will the Paterno’s just shut up!!!! So sad that the PSU community put athletics before childern. They lucky they did not get death penalty.

  32. 454ss says: Jul 23, 2012 3:18 PM

    admit it your Father covered up child abuse and everything that goes with it, pray for the victims and pull your heads out of your asses.

  33. thepancreas says: Jul 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    I have a theory.

    I do not believe Joe Paterno is dead. I think he is living inside Scott Paterno’s enormous gut, and periodically he comes out to craft a moronic public statement.

    Afterward, Scott swallows him whole, and Joe resumes his position back in the belly of the whale.

  34. jimmy53 says: Jul 23, 2012 3:25 PM


    What blind polls are you looking at? The one on this site states that more than 75% of people believe the NCAA nailed their decision or thought PSU got off too light. That leaves less than one quarter of people believing that PSU should have gotten a lighter penalty—not exactly the “large percentage” you intimated.

  35. therealjr says: Jul 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    This is completely absurd, regardless of your feelings toward Paterno. He coached the games, the rules of the game were followed, he won them. It happened.

    But personally speaking, always handy to have a dead guy as the scapegoat.

  36. tominma says: Jul 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    Someone help me out. I know that Paterno told his boss about the rape an assistant couch say in the shower. I know that Paterno notified his boss, who was also the boss of the campus police.

    But is there any evidence that Paterno deliberately tried to cover up the multiple abuses? Any act HE committed?

    Last thing. This monstrosity was committed by an assistant coach, sometimes on school grounds! But it doesnt seem directly related to the football program. So why the NCAA sanctions??

    PS NOT a Penn St fan or related to them in aNY way. Just trying to figure it out!

  37. mgmac says: Jul 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    the paterno family knew very well about the covewr-up by their dear family friend sandusky. they are a family of pedohile enablers.
    the family needs to do something for the victims of sandusky’s child abuse

  38. ningenito78 says: Jul 23, 2012 3:33 PM

    Srackis- that’s exactly what I thought when I read that sentence.

  39. friarjack61 says: Jul 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    Joe was an excellent coach, who recruited student athletes; but, unfortunately his lack of judgement has ruined his record, for all time.
    The downside is that Bowden is now at the top. Bobby was pure sleaze when it came to recruiting players, who had little character, and little thought of attending class, and earning a degree. He chose the ACC, when the conference was WEAK in football, which resulted in at least 200 victories, before the rest of the teams became competitive. If he had entered the SEC,
    the school still would be working on their 300th win.

  40. moochzilla says: Jul 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    Time for this white trash family to go out and get some real jobs, ones not linked to their daddy.

    The taxpayers bankrolled this hillbilly mafia for half a decade. No more.

  41. kozbee says: Jul 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    Paterno family who…

  42. delawarephilliesfan says: Jul 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    therealjr says:
    Jul 23, 2012 3:27 PM
    “This is completely absurd, regardless of your feelings toward Paterno. He coached the games, the rules of the game were followed, he won them. It happened.

    But personally speaking, always handy to have a dead guy as the scapegoat.”

    Again – with Paterno supporters it always comes down to legacy! You want to count him as having 409 wins? Go ahead. That does not change the fact that 5 boys were raped after 2001, when Paterno, Schultz, Curley and Spanier decided to treat Sandusky “humanely”.

    And by the way, 3 of the 4 individuals blamed in the Feeh report are very much alive, not to mention that the Trustees were made to look incompetent. No one person was blamed, not even close

  43. thebarkexpress says: Jul 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    While it is sad to see a legend become a hard cold fact, justice had to be served to the legend and to Penn State. Concerning the statue, can it be rigged holding a lantern for someone’s driveway ?

  44. moochzilla says: Jul 23, 2012 3:50 PM

    All this to defend the 12th winningest coach of all-time? Why even bother?

  45. waltrd says: Jul 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    It’s sad to see the Paterno family live in denial and not face up to the truth about Joe. They need to stop and let it go so they can work through their grief and loss. and their denial that Papa Joe was innocent in the Sandusky situation. The quicker they do that, the quicker they will heal, and get on in life remembering Papa Joe did some good things in life besides covering up this horrid situation of allowing children to be abused and molested.

  46. moochzilla says: Jul 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    Sorry, we bankrolled this worthless hillbilly mafia for half a CENTURY. And counting. Because of slimeball criminal Joe’s under-the-table deal at the end of his final season.

  47. sundaysundaysunday says: Jul 23, 2012 3:54 PM

    Someone needs to muzzle Michael Robinson!

  48. tolotosx says: Jul 23, 2012 4:09 PM

    For all of you who wish for the Paterno’s to shut up, forgett it!
    We here in germany have families of war-criminals who live in denial after more than 60 years.
    So brace yourself for a never ending story!

  49. powercorrupts2 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:11 PM

    To John Taylor:
    It is entirely appropriate for the Paterno family to issue a statement since it’s their family member and University that have been defamed. They have never minimized the tragedy of the victims, The “tattered legacy” that you refer to is in large part “tattered” because of the ill informed, biased writing of people in the media like you.
    This has all happened because no one has the cojones to go up against the power of the media, its predilection for exaggeration to gain attention and notoriety, and its preference for the “big fish” because it gets you more clicks, etc.
    The Freeh Report is a travesty: (1) An ex parte document (not an independent report) that was funded with millions of dollars by parties who have a conflict of interest in the case; (2) written in a prosecutorial fashion with no apparent concern for innocence or exculpatory evidence; (3) criticizes the actions of people using a hindsight perspective that employs information none of them knew; (4) does not contain response by the accused parties (Spanier, Curley, Schultz, Paterno, etc.); (5) is written by someone who has a checkered history and may have a biased view of the case. You need to read the actual report (not just its recommendations/conclusions) and look at the details to see if they support the opinions expressed. Pretend you don’t know that Sandusky has 10 victims accusing him and has been convicted (Paterno didn’t know this in 1998 or 2001). Then see if you can fairly come to the same conclusions as Freeh wrote in his report.
    The 1998 complaint was not for rape/molestation but for giving a bear hug to a boy in the showers. The 1998 investigation by the Police, the CCYC, the PA DPW, and the DA’s Office concluded “no sexual assault occurred”. McQueary’s testimony is not creditable because he changed it after he knew there were victims. Dr. Dranov heard the story the night of the incident in 2001 and he didn’t think it was serious enough to report to the Police. He asked McQueary 3 times if he had seen any sexual activity and he said “no”. So this is what Paterno, Schultz, Curley, Spanier, etc. knew. No sexual activity. They knew nothing about 10 victims coming forth as accusers. They were not interviewed for Mr. Freeh’s Report and given a chance to present their defense. But Mr. Freeh somehow feels they are guilty of not proclaiming Sandusky as a pedophile. He knew Paterno was terminally ill but let him die without interviewing him. He didn’t interview Dr. Dranov who contradicted McQueary’s changed 2011 story. He didn’t note McQueary’s testimony admiting he didn’t tell Paterno he saw a sexual attack in 2001.This is strange, suggests scapegoating and that someone is trying to protect themselves from the media generated hysteria and lynch mob psychology. And now the NCAA is punishing the football program? On the basis of what?

  50. artisan3m says: Jul 23, 2012 4:12 PM

    ““defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.”

    Sorry, won’t wash, Paterno family. Yes, its very difficult to believe that a man could live 85 years and do no good in his life. The sad part is how he compromised earlier principles for selfish pride and personal glory. Biblical teachings reflect that pride goes before destruction. History confirms that all glory is fleeting. Accept the truths before you and move on. Its the only path to healing.

  51. granadafan says: Jul 23, 2012 4:15 PM

    One could argue that Penn St suffered the opposite of “Lack of Institutinal Control”. Paterno ran the program with military control. He knew every aspect of the program he built and controlled what went in and out (no pun intended). Paterno threatened to blackball local journalists who wanted to write multiple stories about Sandusky and also had the local cops wrapped around his fingers as THE head football coach. If someone got away with molesting kids, it’s because Paterno let it happen.

  52. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:15 PM

    And the Paterno family continues to make things even worse for Penn State.

    I guess arrogance and being oblivious of the big picture was passed down in the family

  53. bbeaman78 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    I am a Sooner fan, but a foremost a college football fan first. The picture featured above saddens me and angers me at the same time. JoePa seemed like a sweet old man who was more of a mascot for boosters and recruiting than a Head Coach. He and the Penn State Football program were far more powerfull than Penn State the academic institution.

    It goes to show you that with all the good and young men he helped become better football players and people, he erased all of it with a horrendous decision and lapse in judgement.

    At the same time that is all JoePa had and knew was coaching. I believe he justified his decision to prolong his career, because he was literally scared to death of what he would do without his head coaching job. Those above JoePa made a decision out of fear as well by first off fearing the uncertainty of Penn State without JoePa, the financial implication to their own income.

    What makes it worse is the arrogance, and lack of remorse from him before he died and now his his family. He admitted he “may have” made a poor decision, but never really owned it.

    The chant was “We are PENN STATE,” but the chant should have been JoePa WAS PENN STATE, he and his family still believe it!” They would be best to remain quiet, they are further tarnishing what is left of his legacy.

  54. papichulo55 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:18 PM

    Unless Sandusky gets killed in prison, which wouldn’t surprise me, we must continue to ask questions to get EVERYTHING out in the open. Am I the only one sensing that there are more sorted surprises that have not been uncovered?

    To be VERY clear, I am not disagreeing with any punishment that has been metted out so far. Its just hard to believe that Joepa would subject his family to this just to save face for Penn State. What could cause a man to do a 180 degree change like this? Who and what were they really protecting?

  55. shawndc04 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:20 PM

    But is there any evidence that Paterno deliberately tried to cover up the multiple abuses? Any act HE committed? —
    Well one of the glaring acts was when they were considering what to do about McQueary’s allegation Joe’s “superiors” were considering referring the matter to the police but changed their mind after a final discussion with Joe and decided to treat Sandusky “humanely. Combine this with Joe’s knowledge of the ’98 incident and no attempt to find or interview the victim in the McQueary allegation and you’ve Joe prima facie participating in a coverup.

  56. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 23, 2012 4:24 PM

    Wow, apparently many are just taking the fact that Freeh is a former judge and FBI director to mean that he is incapable of being wrong…Please, do some research into his actions into the TWA 800 tragedy…you will be highly enlightened. You will also then wonder, as I do now, how a man who was a part of a cover up himself in his capacity as FBI director was put in charge of investigating a possible cover up….

  57. mvp43 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:26 PM

    Denial is a biatch………..

  58. delawarephilliesfan says: Jul 23, 2012 4:34 PM

    powercorrupts2 says:
    Jul 23, 2012 4:11 PM

    “the NCAA is punishing the football program? On the basis of what?”

    Based on the February 26th 2001 conversation between Tim Curley and Joe Paterno, after which Curley changed his mind and decided he was not comfortable with going to authorities to report Sandusky raped a boy in the showers; and based on the fact that Shultz and Spanier agreed with that approach on February 28th – calling it “humane”.

    The NCAA’s decision is based in large part on that

  59. foreverlsu says: Jul 23, 2012 4:41 PM

    Before everyone considers the Freeh report as gospel, you may consider the following in the rush to judgment.

    Not defending Paterno’s inaction at all but the NCAA solely relied on the Freeh report and did not even conduct its own investigation. Amazing considering how long the NCAA has taken in past investigations. Without due process, we have NO legal system.

  60. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 23, 2012 4:44 PM

    LMAO at all this phony outrage. Get a life people!

    @powercorrupts 100% agreement. I too have taken the time to read the Freeh report, and there’s not a single shred of evidence in the thing that conclusively implicates Paterno in an active coverup. Its a document designed to scapegoat and to put a lid on a situation that stretches far beyond the staff offices at PSU and nothing else.

    And while I’m on this rant, I might remind our angry mob that Louis Freeh is the same guy that gave you Waco, OK City, and Ruby Ridge. Whats worse, a serial pedophile, or a guy that planned and covered up the murders of 250 people, many of them his own! I’d say at least that puts him in the same category with Sandusky…at least!

  61. horses721 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    psublueandwhite, delawarephilliesfan and lovinthatsomanyhateonnd

    You are delusional and more importantly:

    I look forward to the day when Curley and Spanier are under oath and tell the world how Joe Pedophile protector covered this up. Rot in hell Joe. Penn State will now and forever be a national joke and the more people like those named above try to defend this POS, the greater of a joke the school becomes!
    Penn State football is a cult. Joe Paterno was a cult leader like Jim Jones of People’s temple. The only difference is that the Kool Aid you are drinking doesn’t kill you, it just makes avoid the truth!

  62. horses721 says: Jul 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    houndofthebaskervols and powercorrupts2 should be included among the delusional.

    I find it ironic that a person who uses the name powercorrupts2 is a defender of a person whose power corrupted and destroyed a school?

  63. delawarephilliesfan says: Jul 23, 2012 4:54 PM

    @horses721 – I think you are looking at quotes from other people that I cut and pasted and thinking they were my words

  64. snikerbotloot says: Jul 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    therealjr says:
    Jul 23, 2012 3:27 PM
    This is completely absurd, regardless of your feelings toward Paterno. He coached the games, the rules of the game were followed, he won them. It happened.

    But personally speaking, always handy to have a dead guy as the scapegoat.


    I tend to agree with you on that point. I never understood going back and changing the outcome of a game after its been played.

    But its for the books, and now the books have Bobby Bowden as the coach with the most wins. Oh to be a fly on the wall at the Paterno household this AM

    Don’t think JoePa is a scapegoat though, he’d be indicted had he lived. Lying to a grand jury is no joke.

  65. onbucky96 says: Jul 23, 2012 5:02 PM

    Joe knew about Jerry in 1998 after the 1st investigation. And Joe let Jerry stay. Did Joe. use his power/influence to find out if his superiors did anything. We don’t know. We do know since Joe let Jerry stay, kids were raped. End of story, SHUT UP PATERNO FAMILY!

  66. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 23, 2012 5:27 PM

    horsesass721, and anyone else making assumptions…STFU. Freeh is far from credible, and many others are far more to blame for this debacle than Joe..namely, the Board. Why you idiots continue to ignore them is beyond me..THEY are the ones that enabled the pedophile by giving him the access..NOT JOE. Joe for all we know, removed him from coaching…HE WAS NO LONGER a part of the football program, but rather A GUEST OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES! But I dont know why i continue to waste my time trying to explain these facts to a bunch of people who are thinking with emotion over logic. Lastly, for you Horsesass721, I live in Phx AZ, not PA. I have nothing to gain from commenting, other than my dislike for Freeh for shutting down the TWA 800 investigation and covering up what really happened. Yes, i grew up with someone on that flight, no I have not forgotten what Mr Freeh did…*(it was likely by Clintons order, but like he alleges Joe Pa did, Mr Freeh failed to do the right thing in the face of adversity)
    That said, i blame the detective from the 98 case, which i think many of you forget was NOT prosecuted at the time..they could have prevented this. I blame the board for giving him the access. And lastly, i do blame joe for not having him banned from the campus..but we dont know if he tried, only to have the board over rule him now do we? We dont know if there was any connection to why he was given access by the same board whos members were also part of Sandusky’s charity, do we? NO. Point is, how about we await facts in a court of law, that are proven beyond a reasonable doubt..instead of taking the word of a man who failed to act in a time of adversity himself.

  67. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 23, 2012 5:32 PM

    onbucky96: thanks, with your own comment you show your complete lack of knowledge of the situation…first, the prosecutors didnt even file charges in the 98 case, whats joe supposed to do if they dont? Well, he must have done something because SANDUSKY WAS NO LONGER A COACH AT PENN ST AFTER THAT! He DID NOT keep him around, THE BOARD gave him the access to the school…NOT JOE.. I put that in caps just so you can read it. Please, try to be informed before you go spouting off, it makes you look…well not that bright.

  68. jackychilds says: Jul 23, 2012 5:37 PM

    Here’s what the Paterno family statement SHOULD have been:

    “The Paterno family accepts any ruling that the NCAA has passed in regards to Joe Paterno’s record. As a family, we would like to believe that Joe did everything in his power to end or prevent anything from hurting any youth who has been associated with Penn State. Joe took to the grave with him all the reasons why did or did not take any action to end or prevent the atrocities that occurred under his watch. At this point, only God can know the thoughts of Joe now and only God can judge him.

    As a family we would like to expedite and facilitate the healing process for any victim that has been affected by this tragedy. To that end, we would like to donate $1,000,000 to be distrubuted among charitable organizations dedicated to protecting children. We would also like to voluntarily remove the Paterno name from the library named in dedication to Joe.

    We will continue to seek the truth, pursue justice for the culpable and aid in the healing of the victimized.”

  69. jimmy53 says: Jul 23, 2012 5:52 PM

    This has gotten hilariously ridiculous.

    The time for debating and arguing is over. PSU as an institution messed up—and PSU as an institution is getting bitc* slapped. Fight, defend, argue, emotionally spout off to the world–it doesn’t change the fact that Penn State University accepted all of the findings of the report, as well as the NCAA penalties.

    You can all get together on Saturdays for the next 10 years and bitc* to the wind—while we watch our teams compete for conference and national titles. Don’t worry though, we’ll be happy to take some of your recruits, and some of your better players (the few you have).

  70. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 23, 2012 5:54 PM

    Penn state administrators haven’t done $hit for the victims or mentioned them either. They have been too busy dealing with non issues like statues. All the haters don’t care about the victims either your just paterno paterno paterno.

  71. righton989 says: Jul 23, 2012 6:00 PM

    Hey Paternos, look at the bright side. Nobody will take away your guaranteed prime time football tickets for the next 25 years or your access to the hydro-therapy equipment. Plus you can take photos of yourselves with the JVP statue that you can autograph and sell before, during and after games.

  72. bustinnutz says: Jul 23, 2012 6:09 PM

    Seriously…..who read that “statement”…..the Iraqi Information Minister?

  73. ladyofhouse says: Jul 23, 2012 6:11 PM

    It is about time that the greed to win, the greed to not cause a scandal. And the greed to leave a legacy comes crashing down. The scandal that should have been handled back in 2001, went uncheck, and unresolved. This is unacceptable. No one wanted to rock the boat, so no one did a thing. So the message everyone can take from this is that, wether you like it or not, you are still held accountable for your LACK of actions. Never turn a blind eye to a crime. And as a nation we need to not put coaches, teams or schools on such a pestal that they even consider themselves above the law. When we hold everyone accountable not for what the do, but also for our own failures. When men have courage to face a scandal, and not turn away. Then we as a society will be much better off. I can only pray that all coaches that are coaching today can learn and face the issue, seek the truth, and do the honorable thing. It may be the greatest legacy they leave.

    To the Paterno family, I will be praying for you. it is always hard to see a loved one fail. Football has been your whole life, and you have yet to realize it is only a game. You learn more from the losses than you do from the wins. And this is a big loss, accept it, and learn from it. But do not forget Joe had the chance back in 2001 to protect the real victims in this. So please do not believe that Joe is a victim.

  74. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 23, 2012 6:21 PM

    FYI graham Spanier still collecting a paycheck.

  75. drunkenagitator says: Jul 23, 2012 6:23 PM

    It’s interesting how “Joe Pa’s” cultists want to spin this story into some sort of political retribution/conspiracy theory.

    To reiterate: one of Joe’s closest buddies was using PSU’s football facilities to molest and rape young boys. Joe was the undisputed overlord of PSU football, his word was law. Instead of banning Sandusky immediately and permanently from PSU facilities upon hearing about his actions, he instead opted to keep quiet and not do anything that might be disruptive to the program. These actions led to him being fired and having his “legacy” torn to pieces, not the report itself. No one was “out to get” Joe or PSU football for some sketchy “politically motivated” reasons. Joe did this to himself.

    I realize the whole thing is surreal and more than a little unbelievable, but it’s all fact, not conjecture. When this all first broke there was the possibility that Joe was unaware and/or ignorant of these events, but that turned out to not be the case. It’s unfortunate and very sad but face it, it’s reality.

  76. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 23, 2012 6:29 PM

    FYI graham Spanier still collecting a paycheck. FYI Corbett still running he state. FYI the local police that FAILED to prosecute still in business. FYI I believe 29 members of the board that were on the board in 2001 are still on the board. FYI Louis Freeh still guilty of corruption in coverup of Waco. FYI Ray Gricar still missing,still unsolved.

    In conclusion one person took the fall for everyone else. Mission Accomplished

  77. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 23, 2012 6:54 PM

    dannythebiz, dont forget TWA 800..Freeh covered that up too.

  78. thetooloftools says: Jul 23, 2012 7:13 PM

    Paterno. Forever shamed the name of Penn State. Don’t talk about all the good he did. He was getting paid a % for all his fundraising. You cannot donate millions to the library you don’t have. Oh.. and what about the $3.5 million house in Avalon N.J.

    This old man got tens of millions from Penn State. The fans are just too stupid to step up and own what he did.

  79. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 23, 2012 7:30 PM

    a tragedy occured, there were victims..this is not under dispute. The Freeh report however is. It mostly blames Joe, Spanier, and the AD..but only admonishes the Board..the very ones that gave him the access to the school. Its so easy for everyone to make assumptions based on that report, but then again weve gone from an innocent until proven guilty society to that of one where people are guilty until proven innocent. I wonder, what will you people think if more reports like the ESPN report that takes the Freeh report to task for missing some obvious errors in judgement by the Board come out? Will you still base your decision on the cover up artist Freeh’s report? For those that dont remember, Freeh gave us Waco, Ruby Ridge, and halted the TWA 800 investigation just after one of the seats had been tested for missile fuel. So, AGAIN, its not like this is conclusive..its a report, and one mans perception that everyone is taking as a matter of fact..which im sorry to say, that just isnt the case.

  80. xpensivewinos says: Jul 23, 2012 7:40 PM

    I’ve got news for the scumbag Paterno family.

    Joe Paterno allowed someone to rape children on his watch………..and he knew about it for years.

    That is the legacy of Joe Paterno.

    End of story.

  81. warhawk04 says: Jul 23, 2012 7:49 PM

    This family is so clueless. Today’s ruling had little to do with the actions of Jerry Sandusky, and everything to do with the way the university’s “leaders” handled it. Joe Paterno was one of those leaders. Sandusky is paying for his crimes, now the university and Joe Pa will pay for their roles.

  82. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 23, 2012 7:55 PM

    I see a warped point of view book deal in the future in regards to this sick and twisted family written by a family member. Of course, it will be lies just for the $$$$.

  83. boomergh says: Jul 23, 2012 8:11 PM

    Paterno protecting his friend and Penn State was more important than the protection of children. This isn’t the type of hero or role model America needs, nor I believe wants.

  84. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 23, 2012 8:12 PM

    Hey all you PSU denialists –

    You can denigrate the Freeh report, you can bitch and moan until the cows come home.

    And you know what?

    None of your protestations will change a thing.

    PSU is being punished, and rightfully so.

    Personally, I don’t think the penalties are severe enough. I would have shut your football team down for 14 years, which, coincidentally is the exact amount of time that St. Joe choose to protect his pedophile ass raping friend.

  85. ndrocks2 says: Jul 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    Sadly Paterno family still hasn’t got the memo that no one cares what they have to say. The days of PSU giving you clout are over. You just need to go away. Nothing you say, publish or do will change history to justify what happened on Joe Pa’s watch. Consult a PR firm(good luck finding one) and have them along with your legal council help you figure it out but please do it in the silence you practiced for years when Jerry was busy horsing around.

  86. bw1980 says: Jul 23, 2012 8:14 PM

    The board abdicated their fiduciary responsibility by accepting this decision?

    It took both a tremendous amount of nerve and delusion for the Paterno Family to make that statement. The PSU Board of Trustees abidicated their responsibility 14 years ago as did their father.

    I accept, understand and genuinely feel sorry that the Paterno family is suffering–and they are suffering–through the man they loved being torn down because he was an egomaniac. What I can’t understand nor sympathize with is that the family continues to release idiotic statements, statements said without a hint of irony yet are so ironic that they could be used as an example of irony. The Paterno Family may want to consider either hiring, if they have not, or dismissing, if they have hired, a public relations representative to review and revise any statement which they wish to release.

  87. agc99 says: Jul 23, 2012 8:29 PM


  88. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Jul 23, 2012 8:49 PM

    Joe talked exactly the way you’d wish. With one exception. And that was a disgrace. In time, I hope his family will understand these delayed, and well deserved, actions by the NCAA and, finally, Penn State University.

  89. galvezben says: Jul 23, 2012 9:52 PM

    Michael Robinson is an idiot. Keep talking to ESPN. Your comments reflect perfectly on the community as a whole. WAKE UP BRO. Joe was an evil old man.

  90. galvezben says: Jul 23, 2012 10:09 PM

    Seriously, is this a real press release or a comedic piece from SNL?
    Lets analyze: “The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.”

    Did the family know that Joe had the capacity to be so devious and corrupt? Apparently not. What input could the Paterno family provide. Strike 1.

    “That the President, the Athletic Director and the Board of Trustees accepted this unprecedented action by the NCAA without requiring a full due process hearing before the Committee on Infractions is an abdication of their responsibilities and a breach of their fiduciary duties to the University and the 500,000 alumni.”

    This is more commonly called “we are trying to end this as quickly as possible. You, the Paterno family are no longer relevant.

    “Joe Paterno was never interviewed by the University or the Freeh Group. His counsel has not been able to interview key witnesses as they are represented by counsel related to ongoing litigation. We have had no access to the records reviewed by the Freeh group. The NCAA never contacted our family or our legal counsel. ”

    This might be the funniest thing ever written. If Joe were alive, he would say:
    “Where’s me Jello. Who is this Sanduskey fellow”?

  91. stevenbrianrussell says: Jul 23, 2012 10:12 PM

    “those who knew him best”…..

    those who knew him best, then I would presume knew that he was covering something up, and since they knew him best and knew there was a cover up, they should be found guilty as well for not coming forth…

  92. fockers2009 says: Jul 23, 2012 10:24 PM

    Here is my take. When McQueery was in his office telling Paterno what he saw he diid not call the State Police or Protective Child Services and tell them they needed to come to his office immediately. All professional edcuators know that even a suspicion of child abuse MUST be reported. But Paterno chose to be “humane” to Sandusky as did other administrators. The E-mails used in the Freeh report were very damning of a cover-up. (and yes I read all of the report and all of the emails)

    As painful as this is for the family…This is no longer sympathy for any of the administrative staff who did not call the officials that would have investigated immediately. They let it slide and gave Sandusky another several years to sexually molest little boys who are now adults and will have to live withthis for the rest of their lives,

    I am proud of the NCAA for coming down hard. The NCAA did what the school should have done years ago.

    We will never know why JoPa, Spanier, Curly or any other administrators chose to do the “humane” thing for Sandusky and totally lost their moral compasses that little boys were being raped by a slithering, nasty, old pedophile. My thoughts are with the victims and institutional punishment for covering it all up for so long.

  93. BeachBum46 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:14 PM

    “therealjr says: Jul 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    This is completely absurd, regardless of your feelings toward Paterno. He coached the games, the rules of the game were followed, he won them. It happened.

    But personally speaking, always handy to have a dead guy as the scapegoat.”

    He condoned the actions of a PEDOPHILE hardly a scapegoat…

  94. andyoursistertoo says: Jul 23, 2012 11:28 PM

    Joe Paterno and Penn State Football > Children getting raped and sodomized.

    That is why people are angry and have every right to be angry at a guy who allowed a child molester to freely roam that campus doing whatever he wanted. Parents trusted in second mile which was Joe Paterno and Penn State brand to help the children out, Instead they allowed a pedophile to roam around campus with unlimited access, raping those kids. And all he freaking cared about was his legacy and his friendship to Jerry Sandusky, and not kids who were victimized by his ignorance. He is getting exactly what he deserves, his legacy means ABSOLUTELY nothing compared to the kids that were assaulted by HIS COACH AND FRIEND. His legacy and penn state football meant more than a few kids being raped.

  95. andyoursistertoo says: Jul 23, 2012 11:47 PM


    You go explain that half ass excuses to the victims. Explain to them that Joe paterno was a victim and even though he knew what was going on and did absolutely nothing to stop them. Look each victim in the eye and tell them it was a conspiracy against Joe pa. You don’t think those people would be angry if they knew that he turned a blind eye because winning , his legacy, and football meant more than there innocence. Look them in the eye when they tell you they were bleeding from behind because Joe pa did the right thing keeping it in house. Look them in the eye and tell them when they were in the showers being brutally raped. You need to realize the real victims are the kids and not Joe Pa

  96. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 24, 2012 1:45 AM

    Can all you people turn your pitchforks towards Jim Boehim now?

    If your not familiar he defended his pedophile and slandered the victims
    Oh wait I forgot..statute of limitations
    Nevermind he’s a great guy. #hypocrisy

  97. canesgiants says: Jul 24, 2012 9:37 AM

    i can’t wait for more dominos to fall and we find out that paterno knew about this stuff going on in all the way back to the 70’s. do u PSU lovers really think sandusky woke up in 1998 and said yeah let me mess with young boys. joe pa is an evil man who didnt recruit student athletes–just athletes. so now the diff between paterno and eveyrother coach is at least the other coaches didnt harbor a child predator for years.

  98. j0esixpack says: Jul 24, 2012 9:52 AM

    I have no problem with the Paterno family wanting to present their own facts.

    But it sounds like they haven’t even read the Freeh report – nor did the family have access to the thousands of emails that Paterno sent confirming he knew of the allegations and quashed law enforcement involvement.

    I find it difficult to believe that they can do a more thorough job than the former FBI Director.

    It’s sad – but because Paterno put his own legacy ahead of that of children, THAT is now his legacy.

    Paterno made a choice to make a mockery of his own adage “Winning with Honor” when he turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children, and thus sealed his legacy.

  99. elgreceaux says: Jul 24, 2012 11:02 AM

    You can blame a dead man all you want to, but the guilty person here is the 29 year old assistant coach that is on paid administrative leave, who claims he saw something in the show but was gutless to report it to the police. I don’t want to hear that it was not his responsibility. HE was the one that should have gone to the police… everyone else word was here say. Instead of exercising his responsibility he called his mommy. HE and HE alone could have prevented further abuse for those kids, and he did nothing… and he is being rewarded for his inaction.

  100. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 24, 2012 1:10 PM

    andyoursistertoo: you need to talk to me about victims pal, i was one myself.

    As for the rest of you, again the Freeh report is just a report..a mans opinion..a man who covered up numerous things while in charge himself. Look at Waco, Ruby Ridge, and something thats personal to me..TWA 800. Im not saying Penn st is innocent, not in the slightest. Im saying, why are so many taking this report as fact when the person who did the report has little credibility..oh, so they put “judge” in front of his name and that makes it absolute?! HA. Please. How about we await what comes out during the trial, where the info will have to undergo scrutiny as to its credibility as fact, rather than just taking someones word on it. PS they didnt even interview McQueary, and ignore certain facts…like the 98 case not being prosecuted. What is a football coach supposed to do when charges are alleged but not proven..should he have just jumped to conclusion? If you think that, check out the story of Courtney Bisbee online…my concern is not for the paterno family, its for the absolute truth..and the Freeh report is far from it.

  101. kurtnagel says: Jul 24, 2012 2:47 PM

    How much damage can one man do or undo
    Joe Paterno and his family have been through
    enough now you want to not only take his record and give it to bowden, but take every
    player that played under Joe Paterno to make
    that record. as far as I can see the freeh report was nothing but a witch hunt. the
    students. the University,the former players.the
    future players and students do not deserve to
    be punished for a sexual predators action.Joe Paterno was a good man and his family
    good as well . the ncaa not only overstepped
    its boundaries but crushed the hearts of people who care what happened to these

  102. davereckon says: Jul 24, 2012 3:08 PM

    “What is a football coach supposed to do when charges are alleged but not proven..should he have just jumped to conclusion?”

    Not sure, but I do know what you’re NOT supposed to do. You’re NOT supposed to lie to the grand jury when they ask if you are aware of inappropriate behavior prior to 2001.

    Definately not supposed to lie, definately.

  103. j0esixpack says: Jul 24, 2012 3:08 PM

    elgreceaux says:
    Jul 24, 2012 11:02 AM
    You can blame a dead man all you want to, but the guilty person here is the 29 year old assistant coach that is on paid administrative leave, who claims he saw something in the show but was gutless to report it to the police.


    I agree he should have gone to the police – but he DID go to his superiors (and stopped Sandusky immediately).

    But when the Athletic Director attempted to go to the Police HIS boss told him not to do so.

    HIS BOSS of course was Joe Paterno.

    Penn State fans may want to try to delude themselves that Paterno was not the head of the Penn State mafia family, but everyone else knows the truth.

    Paterno didn’t want an Athletic Director at all – and only accepted it when he could hand select the AD. The AD did nothing without Paterno’s approval – and refrained from contacting the police at Paterno’s behest.

    Read the Freeh Report and stop deluding yourselves Penn State fans!

    If not for Paterno’s actions, the assistant coach’s report to the AD would have resulted in police involvement.

    Paterno put his Legacy ahead of the welfare of children. Now THAT’S his Legacy.

  104. jamkarat says: Jul 24, 2012 3:29 PM

    The only hearts crushed over the sanctions belong to those unwilling to admit that Paterno was actively complicit in the cover up and ongoing rape of children; and when it was uncovered he proceeded to lie to a grand jury. This is not conjecture, it is proven fact via emails and interviews. Paterno and other Admins believed their football program was worth more than the numerous young victims. This is a man who cloaked himself in smiles and self deprecation, and yet made the conscious choice to protect the football program and his own power and legacy.
    The attempt to mischaracterize both the Freeh Report and Mr Freeh himself is a pathetic attempt to deny or disguise the truth. The Report was solid based on 400 interviews and 3 million emails. Neither Ruby Ridge or Waco happened on his watch, he was responsible for investigating it after the fact, amidst much political finger pointing.
    The NCAA did it’s level best to not punish former or future players. Players records will stand-it is only the Official wins that are voided.
    If you want to blame someone-Joe Paterno and the Administration are responsible for the culture that permitted this to occur. It is not possible to kill the culture without some collateral damage-but that is ALL on Joe and his decision to close his eyes for personal gain and false hero worship.

  105. papichulo55 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:50 PM

    Priest in Philly sentenced today for protecting a pedophile. Hope the prosecutors can leverage this to get the PSU defendants to start talking..

    The Paterno family wont get to see Joepa in an orange jumpsuit. They should graciously accept that small blessing.

    “Msgr. William J. Lynn will spend three to six years in prison for failing to prevent a priest’s sexual assault on a boy.”

  106. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 24, 2012 7:03 PM

    HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO REMIND YOU MORONS, THE FREEH REPORT IS JUST A REPORT..ITS HIS OPINION, AND SOME OF WHICH IS NOT SUBSTANTIATED BY FACTS. Everyone assumes from an email some elaborate cover up took place..despite a lack of follow up evidence to sustain the allegation. Further, look at Freeh himself, and his actions as head of the FBI..not exactly a model investigator for a cover up……Just because the word judge is put in front of his name, also doesnt make his assertions fact. Be upset, be outraged, i wouldnt expect anything less. However, a lot of you are going off this report, and making hasty judgments…rather than waiting for valid, substantiated facts….i cant begin to stress to you the importance of waiting for all the facts to come out…one might even consider thinking about the Duke lacross case, and the large assumptions made against them..only to find out later they were false. Obviously thats not the case with Sandusky, but to villainize a man because one man says so, via a report that is incomplete and makes assumptions where facts arent present is idiotic and not the American way…

  107. cleveland1980 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:54 PM

    forget the freeh findings…a jury had found sandusky guilty. joepa isnt guilty. by association. joepa action by way of inaction and lack of morality will forever taint him, not just his legacy. any supporters spinning joepa as a victim are just as sick as sandusky himself. keep drinking the kool-aid…and choke on it!

  108. andyoursistertoo says: Jul 24, 2012 10:51 PM

    So i guess mike McQuery was lying at the grand jury testimony to pursue indictment charges (The same charges which eventually led to Sandusky being found guilty with 45 counts of child molestation) that he told Joe Pa and he was full aware of it. Thats not a freeh report moron. That report only verifies your hero, Saint, Godlike Joe Pa was aware of child abuse on HIS campus in HIS locker room by HIS coach. There going to sue the living crap out of the Joe PA and his family and it will be well deserved for all the victims. You sickos keep defending the guy, thats the same culture that led to these kids being raped in the first place. In denial till the very end……Just like good old Joe Pa

  109. jrl33 says: Jul 25, 2012 7:27 AM

    Put simply, Joe Pa failed to fulfill his obligation as a leader of the Penn State football program!

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