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July 12, 2012

The Freeh Report.

Filed under: Football,Scandal — Chas @ 9:50 am

I’m going to need a shower after this. These are PDF documents if you want to read them yourself.

Press Release on the Freeh Report

Freeh Report

I’m still reading, digesting and then retching. The most damning thing so far is that Paterno, Spanier, Schultz and Curley all knew of the 1998 police investigation into Sandusky showering with the boy.

Annoyingly the Freeh report is encoded so you can’t copy from the document. It won’t stop anyone. Just wasteful. You can print it. Scan it and then you have an un-encoded copy to do individual pages.


UPDATE: Here. I scanned in the summary pages from a couple chapters.

In respect to sanctions, penalties and The DP, one hast to remember Emmert became the fifth president of the NCAA a little over 1 year/9 months ago. This is bad publicity for the NCAA and big time football programs too. The crimes which happened did so at a big time football program. It all comes down to what he decides to do. No matter what we, PSU people, Joe Schad (recruiting analyst) or whomever think, the ultimate decision is Emmert’s. You never really know what an individual will do. There has never been a case like this. The magnitude of the crime and the apparent cover-up of the highest levels of PSU, both administrative and athletic may or may not be the tipping point for him. The decision is Emmert’s alone…

Comment by Kenny 07.12.12 @ 8:48 pm

Save your sympathy for victims, their families and thousands like them around the world.

As for WE ARE: well, I always felt like that chant should be accompanied by a Nazi salute. Turns out I am right.

PSU will not shut down the football program and if the NCAA does not tender serious sanctions, it will lose what little credibility it has left.

Right now, Curly, Spanier and Schultz are three worried hombres. They are all going to pin it on Paterno and each other.

Paterno was a creep, but he had plenty of company.

Comment by SFPitt 07.12.12 @ 8:48 pm

Did I miss anybody mentioning the cost to the people of PA? How many more of these violated kids will step forward for monetary compensation? What monies will the State have left for all the services needed by their people? Of course including their other funded colleges such as Pitt. The added taxes needed to fund this cost, all because of a school’s football reputation. It is all nuts!

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 07.12.12 @ 8:58 pm

I have never been more proud of my fellow Pitt bloggers on this site for your comments and class today.

I read the report summary early and oddly enough spent most of my business day in Harrisburg. The talk shows were just amazing as PSU fan after fan said the report “wasn;t all that bad” in so many words. Talk about needing a shower when I got home!

Nothing short of the death penalty for 5 years, should be the NCAA response. All the money PSU will pay in suits is not enough. Pitt will not have to cancel it’s series with Ped State. The NCAA will do it for them.

My father, his brother, my grandfather and his 7 brothers, all PSU Grads are rolling over in their graves today. And so I ask all of you, has their ever been a more tragic abuse of power in sports?

Comment by Dan 72 07.12.12 @ 9:12 pm

Cancel the series. They are not worthy.

Comment by panther94 07.12.12 @ 9:32 pm

Just read Cook’s article this AM where he says the NCAA won’t and shouldn’t do anything to the FB program at PSU. Although I agree the NCAA may not have grounds based on what it has in the past considered grounds for action and that it might be unfair to the current coaches and players; I am no longer certain they will avoid taking action as Cook believes. It may be that they will have to take action to save face and avoid tons of bad publicity. (How ironic is that?–same motivation as PSU leadership’s failure to act.)

I am just not sure what they may due; but am leaning toward believing it will be major sanctions so that they avoid criticism. I suspect they will wait 6-12 months, and then decide (with the help of opinion surveys) whether they can get away with doing little or nothing without being severely criticized before deciding what to do or not to do.

Comment by pitt1972 07.13.12 @ 9:27 am

Ron Cook is a complete and utter moron. The kids on the team won’t be punished. They can transfer and play elsewhere. PSU should not be permitted to play football. It is disgusting to think that hundreds of thousands will still show up at Beaver stadium and cheer for this criminal program. It will be business as usual this fall in “Happy Valley”. That is a sickening thought.

Comment by omar 07.13.12 @ 12:42 pm

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