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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.





Can we refrain from using the word “shower?” How about bathe?

Comment by Yeti 07.12.12 @ 9:58 am

From what I can tell, it looks like the report is solely focused on the Sandusky saga. In other words, it does not discuss other incidents that demonstrate a lack of institutional control such as the interference with applying University discipline after the 2007 brawl incident (and other similar events). I’m still reading so I may have missed something.

Comment by Pantherman13 07.12.12 @ 10:18 am

Reed: Thanks for providing links to the Freeh reports.

Comment by MariettaMike 07.12.12 @ 10:23 am

pantherman there is a small section (footnote maybe) about the janitors which references the party and injuries caused by the football players

Comment by jim 07.12.12 @ 10:27 am

You may wonder why we should care about what happened at Penn State. This is more important than football. It is important because I’m sure all of us in our careers will face moral dilemmas and tests of courage. The recommendations in the report – compliance committees, etc. were predictable and typical of how lawyers see the world. All organizations take on the culture of their leader. The leader must continuously make it perfectly clear that illegal and immoral behavior will not be tolerated. There must be an open atmosphere where even janitors can walk into the President’s office without fear of rebuke. Sandusky’s behavior had to have been at least suspected by many people. That they could remain quiet for so long is a testament to how afraid they were of those in power.

Comment by 66Goat 07.12.12 @ 10:30 am

Power corrupts. Absolute power, corrupts absolutely. Easy to say “just do the right thing” much harder to actually do it when it could mean a whole lot of $hit coming down on your head when the institutional environment marches to a different agenda than the morally “correct” one.

I guess I’m just thinking along the lines of the Bible verse, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. Hopefully no one on this blog is surpressing such a magnitude of guilt such as knowledge of child molestation, but I would withold my personal condemnation of those accused until they have their own day in court to express their side of the issues.

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.12.12 @ 10:47 am

First two sentences says it all Dr. Tom.
“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

I wonder how would I react if this were PITT?

First and foremost I would be pissed! Very disappointed in the lack of good common decency that was not exhibited. I would want everyone removed (Chancellor on down). I would DEMAND that a full transparent process WITH ANSWERS be undertaken to investigate how this occurred. I would take a real close look at the culture of the institution. It is clear that they took that “Penn Stater” thing was too far. “Cult like” to far. A clear demonstration of business 101 – “GROUP THINK”

Comment by Pitt Fan In Atlanta 07.12.12 @ 11:00 am

one of the things that really jumped out to me is the mention of the fact that the janitor had witnessed a rape and after discussing it with the other janitors they decided they could not say anything because they believed they would be fired

Comment by rhyno527 07.12.12 @ 11:06 am

Dr. Tom – I was just about to post that quote about Absolute Power.

The BOT and Administration indeed are guilty of Lack of Institutional Control because they virtually had NO control. What’s ironic is that ‘Absolute Institutional Control’ by Paterno allowed this to continue. Joe, Gary and Curley (Moe, Larry and Curley anyone? Spanier can be Shemp) and Spanier conspired to cover up this horrible situation and allow Sandusky to continue stalking prey.

Do they get the Death Penalty? I don’t know. But the football team probably did benefit from the story being squashed by the Stooges. I would suspect at least a few recruits at that time might have went elsewhere if it was made public.

Comment by pghFred 07.12.12 @ 11:07 am

Matt Millan was on “Mike and Mike” this morning. He read some of the report which referenced “Penn State”…
Millan asked,”I guess I want to know who ‘Penn State’ is?”

WE ARE is the answer you fool.

My God, they just don’t get it…they just don’t. It isn’t about Penn State, it is about kids;protecting them, loving them, showing them the respect that men with the combined ages of 2,000 could not and still do not fathom.

WE ARE….STILL CLUELESS!

Comment by SFPitt 07.12.12 @ 11:13 am

I should probably leave this to Rev. George but “pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a great fall”.

Comment by pittstadiumshuffle 07.12.12 @ 11:22 am

Is it too late for Pitt to cancel the upcoming series with PSU? I’ve long been wanting that series to resume, but frankly, right now I don’t want anything to do with them.

Comment by Pantherman13 07.12.12 @ 11:23 am

WE ARE …. still worried about protecting the innocent … the current coaches, players and fans like nothing has happened(and vicitms be damned)

WE ARE …. ready to flock to Beaver Stadium on fall Saturdays and have a jolly good time like nothing has happened (and vicitims be damned)

WE ARE … ready to once again pull in $70 million in revenue like nothing has happened (and vicitims be damned)

Comment by wbb 07.12.12 @ 11:24 am

14 yr cover up, death penalty anyone ?

Comment by alcofan 07.12.12 @ 11:27 am

Your move Governor Corbett.

Comment by alcofan 07.12.12 @ 11:38 am

Everybody waited for someone else to “cast the first stone”. For 14 years. Of course it’s not easy to do what’s right. It only takes courage when it’s hard. Much easier to look the other way, don’t rock the boat. As reprehensible as this situation was, nobody died. Safety issues come up in the workplace where people can die, yet people won’t speak up for fear of institutional shunning. Classic example of “learned helplessness”. Overlook something, overlook it again, pretty soon you are conditioned to accept it, even to assist in the cover up.

Comment by 66Goat 07.12.12 @ 11:39 am

All you have to do is read JoePas memo from the grave to see that the guy just doesn’t get it. His biggest cocnern was protecting the sacred football program and ensuring that his statue remains in tact.

What a low life.

link to post-gazette.com

Its about time for the State Penn cult to stop worshiping at the idol of Joe.

Comment by Coach Ditka 07.12.12 @ 11:42 am

Dejan’s take:

link to blog.triblive.com

Comment by Pantherman13 07.12.12 @ 11:49 am

Joe was there just too long. How many politicians have we’ve known who go into office with the best of intentions and after 30 years of having their rings kissed act like gods?

Comment by 66Goat 07.12.12 @ 11:54 am

No institution no matter how powerful or popular is above protecting the well being of children. Like the black sox, and smu punishment needs to be swift, harsh and appropriate to reinforce that. It is time to make an example of psu. And does anyone really think that there was only 10 victims, my bet is there are many more.

Comment by pittisit37 07.12.12 @ 12:22 pm

Legal experts are weighing in that while damning in many ways, the Freeh report does not indicate lack of institutional control, at least in ways that the NCAA has traditionally thought about it. Perhaps it’s time for the NCAA to change the way it thinks about lack of institutional control. This is a situation where there was institutional complicity in covering up crimes to preserve the athletic reputation. This is worse than lack of institutional control.

Part of the justification for SMU receiving the death penalty was that the problems ran so deep that they were cultural in nature (e.g., win at all costs), and that the only way to eliminate the problems was to eliminate the culture and start over. A strong argument can be made that the issues at PSU are even more embedded in the culture, and that because of its isolation, that culture will only be changed by shutting it down.

That being said, I bet the NCAA really just wants this to go away at this point.

Comment by Pantherman13 07.12.12 @ 12:23 pm

Penn State administrator’s should call a football death penalty on them selves. That would be the right thing to do.

Comment by MariettaMike 07.12.12 @ 12:37 pm

Dokish is cracking me up with his tweets on all of this. One of them was about Franco Harris “standing defiantly on Mt. Nitany” screaming for JoePA. Another was that Paterno was covering up and even lied in court, but it’s adorable that he can skype. Remember all of that bullshit on the news a few years ago about how Paterno skyped? Too funny.

Comment by Mike 07.12.12 @ 12:39 pm

Insightful comments Panterman13.

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.12.12 @ 12:41 pm

I think a just punishment from the NCAA should be a 3 year bowl ban, no TV or TV monies for 2 years, no shared Bowl revenue for 2 years from the conference, and a 15 scholie limit per year for 3 years. I don’t see the death penalty happening since loss of football would hurt other athletic programs and the local community. I do think JoePa’s statue will be removed. Despite all these things, I do NOT think the Nitter cult will learn a damn thing.

Comment by TX Panther 07.12.12 @ 12:46 pm

remember fran ganter

Comment by paul shannon 07.12.12 @ 12:49 pm

another Dokish tweet which would be amusing if wasn’t true: “This damning report of Penn State can only mean one thing- they’ll now end up getting a handful more elite prospects to commit”

Comment by wbb 07.12.12 @ 12:53 pm

I said this once before they will go after the people but the culture that caused it the school and football will not be punished.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.12.12 @ 1:07 pm

melt that damn statue

Comment by Kenny Powers 07.12.12 @ 1:23 pm

I fear you are right FRANKCAN.

Leaders create the culture. New leadership is needed.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 07.12.12 @ 1:25 pm

How does one punish a Nitter zombie for being part of the cult and culture that allowed this to happen? This in all likelihood would never have occurred at Pitt since few care about football, it’s not a huge money making machine, and coaching stability doesn’t exist.

However, this could have happened at any of the elite programs where football is placed first. Pedo State was unique since one guy called all the shots (after nearly 50 years at the same school, one accumulates much power…2 national titles also helps elevate oneself to god-like status), and that one guy claimed to have graduated more players than any other school.

Many other programs were just football factories but Penn State was thought to be different and special.

Unfortunately, many Nitters won’t learn until football is taken away from them for a long time. That won’t happen given the economics. But, I do think the program will be severely sanctioned by the NCAA. Some Nitters are gradually recognizing JoePa as a fraud and the Grand Experiment as an epic failure. So there is hope for a cultural change.

Now if only the media can stop idolizing the man and admit that all the good he did cannot make up for the bad.

Comment by TX Panther 07.12.12 @ 1:31 pm

Dokish just tweeted that the Big 10 is a cult and their leaders meet in a cornfield in Iowa to discuss how to rule the world. LOL

Comment by Mike 07.12.12 @ 1:31 pm

Alma Mater, wise and glorious,
Child of Light and Bride of Truth,
Over fate and foe victorious,
Dowered with eternal youth,
Crowned with love of son and daughter,
Thou shalt conquer as of yore,
Dear old Pittsburgh, Alma Mater,
God preserve Thee evermore. Hail to Pitt!!!

Comment by cnorwoodaz 07.12.12 @ 1:37 pm

My favorite Dokish tweet yet:

“Some say NCAA won’t act because there are no rules for this. Well, hell, who knew they had to make a rule about covering up a child molester?”

Comment by Mike 07.12.12 @ 1:40 pm

Tx P, while I agree there are several colleges where FB are placed 1st, I have reservations about a cover-up of something as serious as pedophilia would have happened elsewhere (maybe in Texas, the perv would have been shot out on some country road but at least it would have been dealth with no chance of reoccurrence)

Comment by wbb 07.12.12 @ 1:41 pm

You are correct wbb (I sincerely mean that). Stuff like this would not have happened at the major schools in Texas despite their extreme passion for football (the Aggies in particular are very cult-like).

It would have been Sandusky as opposed to Gricar who ended up missing.

So, was JoePa’s ego that big and was he that worried about his legacy when he instructed his ‘superiors’ to forget about it?

Comment by TX Panther 07.12.12 @ 1:58 pm

TxP, remember the bull that Sherill castrated while at T A&M? Maybe Sandusky would have suffered the same fate

Comment by wbb 07.12.12 @ 2:04 pm

It was mentioned earlier, but I think we really need to reconsider the upcoming series with PSU.

I’m in central PA and way outnumbered by the PSU sheep, and nothing brings me joy like mentioning the last time we played (12-0!) I want nothing to do with their rebuilding efforts. Let them sit isolated and shunned in the big 10.

Comment by PittDan 07.12.12 @ 2:09 pm

I second that PittDan, I don’t want our players to have to dirty their hands by playing against the Nitters at this juncture. To cancel this game from our schedule would be even more appropriate considering that it was JoePa that was the major influence to eliminate the Pitt vs Penn State rivalry in the first place. I say let them spin.

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.12.12 @ 2:18 pm

A&M would have castrated Sandusky on the field, then chained him to a pick-up truck and dragged his broken body around campus for all to see. Once the show was over, they would have then thrown his lifeless corpse onto their bonfire and sung the Aggie War Hymn.

Pitt should be calling Pedo State today and cancelling the future series. I don’t want Pitt associated with a university like that. We don’t need them.

Comment by TX Panther 07.12.12 @ 2:34 pm

This brings back the intense hatred I had for that place when I was at Pitt, and even before that the hatred for Paterno I learned at my father’s knee. I didn’t think those feelings were still in me. It’s been 35 years. I was Pitt. THEY were Penn State. I hated them.

My late dad, also a Pitt man, said he knew a son of a bitch when he saw one, and this was in the late 60′s.

You were right Dad.

Comment by BATR 07.12.12 @ 2:35 pm

It is a philly sports blog but crossingbroad.com is covering this pretty well

Comment by Dacs 07.12.12 @ 2:46 pm

It is scary to me that Joe schad of ESPN has tweeted that he spoke with a “expert” lawyer on NCAA law, and this person states that this cover-up does not fit the NCAA guideline for “lack of institutional control”. The fact that people think that is amazing to me. The particular part of this report that I believe fully and completely shows lack of control can be seen on page 97. In particular, the key findings of the investigation basically illustrates a lack of control by the BOT over the football program. I think that the NCAA should come down EXTREMELY hard on PSU. DP? maybe, hell probably. The NCAA should act quickly and decisively, but as someone said earlier, will they? I guess we will have to wait and see.

Comment by NYPanther 07.12.12 @ 2:50 pm

Is it too late for Pitt to cancel the upcoming series with PSU? I’ve long been wanting that series to resume, but frankly, right now I don’t want anything to do with them.
Comment by Pantherman13 07.12.12 @ 11:23 am

Here, here I 2nd the motion. The ONLY THING PITT can do that says it doesn’t condone the Creeps in Creepy Valley is by canceling these scheduled games with Ped State.

(actually I’ve been advocating this since last Winter, the big 10 stiffs HAVE TO PLAY THEM,,,,,,,
WE DON’T !!)

Comment by Emel 07.12.12 @ 3:03 pm

They should have to forfeit their victories during the time frames this took place. I think Joe Pa was looking out for his record sadly enough.

Comment by Jason 07.12.12 @ 3:11 pm

Regardless of what Louie Freeh or anyone else has to report, say or analyze after months of investigation the Cult Zombies will march in Beaver Craphole in their White T’s and pray to the Football Gods for the new Holy Grail. (that being a national championship)

Once upon a time in America, college students actually thought about important things and changed the direction of an entire nation. Forced one sitting President(LBJ) to not even seek re-election and brought the whole Military-Industrial complex to a grinding halt. Perhaps we should reinstate the draft so that these Zombies think about something else other than Football, the next Jackass movie or what the Kardashians are doing.

Just saying !

Comment by Emel 07.12.12 @ 3:18 pm

no sanctions will be handed down against state penn for a long time. there are too many legal obstacles to play out first. much still needs to be investigated before action can/should be meted out. it looks bad now and can get much worse. but i confess that the number of joepologists amazes me after today’s report. it seems that he lied to the grand jury.

Comment by pittkeith 07.12.12 @ 3:26 pm

Nike has decided to remove paternos name from the child development center it runs in oregon.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.12.12 @ 3:26 pm

Wouldn’t that be the ultimate slap in the face after all the crap and the “we’ll play you, but it has to be 2 for 1″………………..

You can almost hear the announcement in your head,

“Today, the University of Pittsburgh has cancelled it’s upcoming football series with
Penn State”.

Talk about a slap down!!

Comment by Dan 07.12.12 @ 3:37 pm

@FRANKCAN, on a lighter note, Nike ought to remove those uniforms from the players too!!!

Comment by Dan 07.12.12 @ 3:38 pm

Dan, that would be awesome.

Please, Pitt, please do it.

I’d rather play Gardner-Webb.

Comment by BATR 07.12.12 @ 3:39 pm

Nike and joe were close the name yesterday was the joe paterno child development center they will now rename it.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.12.12 @ 3:44 pm

Gasp!!! As predicted, protect the football brand and make it difficult for NCAA to pounce. Blame is all on people that are now gone as expected. Will Sandusky ever tell all? I expect him to expire within the next year. He won’t do well in his new digs.

National Fox Radio just ripped PSU for the first 10 minutes. This whole things sickens me about the institution but more so the football program. How will this be remembered 20 years from now?

Comment by dhuffdaddy 07.12.12 @ 3:47 pm

Watching some of the coverage today, for the first time I am getting the feeling that the NCAA is going to be forced to bring the hammer down on psu football.

Psu would be smart to take some SIGNIFICANT preemptive action and self discipline.

Comment by Boubacar Aw 07.12.12 @ 3:59 pm

Will penn state ever be held accountable there football and culture is to blame and the answer is NO.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.12.12 @ 4:01 pm

The cult is still gloating over their recruiting class.

To Dorian, we all make mistakes. Pitt will give you a second chance. And, do you really want associated with Pedo State for the rest of your life after this?

Comment by TX Panther 07.12.12 @ 4:12 pm

NCAA may not be able to do anything to PSU football but couldn’t the Big Ten punish PSU? I’m sure somewhere within their conference guidelines PSU committed major infractions by hurting the Big Ten conference image. Big Ten could suspend PSU from conference football play for a couple of years. Cut off funds. Just a thought

Comment by why me 07.12.12 @ 4:17 pm

If you want a good read go to the boston globe sports page bye dan shaughnessy under heading penn state should shut down football .

I dont think that will happen but they could sanction them selves like ohio state did give up some thing they would if they had any decency.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.12.12 @ 4:38 pm

If the NCAA ever wanted lack of institutional control …

Comment by Frank 07.12.12 @ 4:47 pm

Plenty of cognitive dissonance among the deniars.

The most blatant example of money being more important than the little guy.

How many times a day are decisions made to protect the institution and screw the little guy?

Whistleblowers don’t survive in corporate America.

Even the Janitor was smart enough to know that.

Does your diploma count if it is signed by a felon?
.

Comment by gc 07.12.12 @ 4:49 pm

Paterno changed the nature of the Pitt-Penn State relationship from a rivalry by treating us like enemies. Turns out that was one of his lesser crimes.
It is a shame that Barry Switzer and Jackie Sherrill retired and left college football to the likes of Joe Paterno.

Comment by Houston Panther 07.12.12 @ 4:51 pm

I’m starting to get real sick and tired of hearing Penn Staters and local media sympathizers of Penn State say “their tired of all Pitt people taking negative shots from the Freeh report.”

Comment by Lou 07.12.12 @ 5:07 pm

Just thinking, there was plenty of institutional control Joe Paterno had total control of the institution

Comment by jim 07.12.12 @ 5:14 pm

Everyone outside of Creepy Valley must be Pitt people then. I didn’t realize our fan base was that large. Cook is a DIK!

I fully expect Cook to spin his Joepology once again and his boss Micco, a State Penn alumnus, will support his trash.

The Nitter cult is at least indirectly responsible for all of this with their hero worship and self righteousness.

I’ve already e-mailed Stevie P and asked him to cancel the upcoming series. I will personally contribute to the buyout if needed.

Comment by TX Panther 07.12.12 @ 5:20 pm

By the way, about an hour or so ago, Dorian Johnson tweeted “We Are Penn State”.

Comment by Mike 07.12.12 @ 5:37 pm

No Lack of Institutional Control… The Pres., The AD, the HC and the rest were the “Institution”, and they were in “CONTROL” !!!

Comment by CompLit 07.12.12 @ 5:49 pm

Stated last week that the lustre from the Paterno era would soon start to fade?

What remains will be gone as O’Brien quickly proves he’s not Joe Paterno.

And what about coaches and others still on staff who are leftover from the Paterno regime?

A major blunder out of the gate for O’Brien.

Comment by PittofDreams 07.12.12 @ 6:02 pm

Will Curley and Shultz roll on Joe to save themselves. Stay tuned more trials coming.

Comment by alcofan 07.12.12 @ 6:58 pm

I’m left to wonder what else was covered up in the name of protecting the brand.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 07.12.12 @ 7:12 pm

we’ll see what Johnson is tweeting in a few months. I’m sure the PSU coaching staff has the recruits convinced that there will be no NCAA sanctions … and for a long time, that’s what I believed … but after what I have been hearing and reading from several sources, I believe the institutional control reason will bring the school to its knees for the most heinous crime ever comitted in the history of the NCAA

Comment by wbb 07.12.12 @ 7:46 pm

Unfortunately, as is the case, it’s about the $$. Kids lives were ruined by the monster Sandusky and the “powers that be” at Penn State we’re more concerned about their almighty football program and the $$ it brought in. Shame on them. I get no satisfaction gloating from this tragedy but feel sorry for the lives that have been ruined by a few people who were only concerned about football.

What respect I had for Joe Paterno is gone. I hope the statue at Beaver Stadium is removed.

I do feel sympathy for the Penn Stater’s who believed that the sky is blue and white because God loved Penn State. I guess we all get a reality check. It’s just a tragedy that boys lives were destroyed because of a few people more concerned about a sport that human lives.

Comment by MariettaMike 07.12.12 @ 8:00 pm

I remember JoePa once saying he would never leave college football in the hands of Jackie Sherril. Maybe we shouldn’t have left it in his.

Comment by Greg 07.12.12 @ 8:04 pm

As a Pitt student and many years after, the Pitt vs. Penn State game was the most anticipated game of the season. I’ll always have my memories but it’s over as far as I’m concerned.

I never liked the We Are… If I was a Penn State alumni I’d cringe at the though of We Are…

Comment by MariettaMike 07.12.12 @ 8:16 pm

interesting article..link to espn.go.com

Comment by rhyno527 07.12.12 @ 8:23 pm

I knew the man was petty, but this is truly horrendous.

Comment by Chris 07.12.12 @ 8:30 pm

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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