Report rips Paterno, Penn State leaders

Joe Paterno died before speaking to Louis Freeh about the scandal. (AP photo)

Joe Paterno died before speaking to Louis Freeh about the scandal. (AP photo)

A report by former FBI director Louis Freeh into a sex scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky was released Thursday morning.

Freeh’s report roundly criticizes the late head coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State administrators, saying they “concealed critical facts” and disregarded the safety and welfare of the young boys victimized by Sandusky.

Sandusky was arrested in November and convicted in June on 45 counts of abuse involving 10 boys.

Penn State’s board of trustees ousted Paterno and president Graham Spanier Nov. 9 after Sandusky’s arrest. Paterno died of lung cancer Jan. 22 without speaking with Freeh.

Investigators will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss the findings, and the Penn State trustees will respond shortly thereafter.

Here’s the latest from the Associated Press:

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Clueless

July 12th, 2012
7:33 am

For Paterno to say that he did not know about the goings on would be a stretch. The head coach at these schools know everything and don’t kid yourself. With all of the allegations in our society with regard to activity such as this against the young ones in our society, to claim he didn’t know will be a stretch.

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Disconnected

July 12th, 2012
9:18 am

After reading Paterno’s last letter ( on usatoday.com), it’s clear the man had no idea where football stopped and life began. Sad but true.

NikkiFree

July 12th, 2012
9:21 am

Penn State Nation dietized this man for years. It even seemed the entire school was propping up on the sidelines in later years just to keep him out there. We outsiders always saw this whole Joe Pa idolatry very weird. The Sandusky scandal hass come along to reveal the depth of the weirdness.

Pride and Joy

July 12th, 2012
9:30 am

The similarities here with Penn State and in the South with the FAMU beating death of the drum major are heartbreaking.
Both of these so-called “education” institutions care only about fame and money. Human life is meaningless to the monsters who allow this to happen. We need big money and big sports out of education so that no other child or young adult is trampled and discarded like garbage.

Jake

July 15th, 2012
8:54 pm

An early death was too good to Paterno. Instead of spending his remaining time, helping the victims he helped to create, and making amends, he was busy trying to make his family even richer, sucking more money out of Penn State, taking the last “moments” in his life to renegotiate a rich early exit to his contract. What irony: his wife will have use of the very gym, Sandusky raped a child in. Joe Paterno, you could have helped save your Dad’s legacy, but your continual denials are only going to bring down “your own house”, now You need to be sorry for what your father did and you don’t even realize it yet. Well you have proved the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.