Freeh report: “Total disregard” at Penn State for Sandusky victims

posted at 12:01 pm on July 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Former FBI director Louis Freeh released his report on the scandal surrounding Penn State and the years in which football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molested young boys on and off campus … and it’s ugly, to say the least. Senior officials at the school — including its recently-deceased head football coach Joe Paterno — ignored complaints and warnings about Sandusky’s crimes, and “never demonstrated … any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims” until after the scandal exploded into public view:

Penn State University’s top officials, including head football coach Joe Paterno, failed to protect the children who were sexually abused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, according to an investigation of the scandal that has roiled the school since last fall.

In a letter accompanying the release of the report Thursday morning, former FBI Director Louis Freeh had harsh words for the university’s top officials for failing to act on reports that Sandusky, once the football team’s top defensive coach, had molested children on the school’s grounds. Sandusky is in jail awaiting sentencing on 45 charges of sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years. …

Investigators found that in order to avoid “bad publicity,” university President Graham Spanier, football Coach Paterno, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice PresidentGary Schultz “repeatedly concealed critical facts.”

Spanier and Paterno were forced out of their jobs after Sandusky was arrested last fall. Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges of perjury and failing to report the abuse to outside officials.

All four knew of a 1998 investigation into Sandusky, the report pointed out, but none alerted university trustees or took any action against Sandusky. Those reports never led to any criminal charges against Sandusky.

As if that’s not bad enough, Paterno and school officials discussed going to the authorities after assistant Mike McQueary told them about the molestation he believed he had witnessed.  Paterno convinced the school to stay quiet:

Paterno then went to his superiors, who decided not to call in outside authorities. Freeh was sharply critical of that decision and said the action to keep the reports internal was due to Paterno, who convinced other officials not to take action outside of  the university.

“In critical written correspondence that we uncovered on March 20th of this year, we see evidence … that included reporting allegations about Sandusky to the authorities,” Freeh stated.

“After Mr. Curley consulted with Mr. Paterno, however, they changed the plan and decided not to make a report to the authorities. Their failure to protect the February 9, 2001 child victim, or make attempts to identify him, created a dangerous situation for other unknown, unsuspecting young boys who were lured to the Penn State campus and football games by Sandusky and victimized repeatedly by him. Further, they exposed this child to additional harm by alerting Sandusky, who was the only one who knew the child’s identity,” Freeh said.

It’s a monstrous indictment of Penn State and its athletic program, from the top down.  Not one person in the loop had more concern for the boys victimized by Sandusky than of their own paydays.  It’s incomprehensible, especially for a school and a football program that styled itself as a rare ethical environment that cared more about scholastic achievement and honorable sportsmanship than national championships.    In fact, as the Freeh report states, they ended up enabling even more abuse:

These individuals, unchecked by the Board of Trustees that did not perform its oversight duties, empowered Sandusky to attract potential victims to the campus and football events by allowing him to have continued, unrestricted and unsupervised access to the University’s facilities and affiliation with the University’s prominent football program.  Indeed, that continued access provided Sandusky with the very currency that enabled him to attract his victims.  Some coaches, administrators and football program staff members ignored the red flags of Sandusky’s behaviors and no one warned the public about him. …

[T]he Special Investigative Counsel finds that it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the University — Spanier, Schultz, Paterno, and Curley — repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the University’s Board of Trustees, the Penn State community, and the public at large.

There had been some pushback after Paterno’s death to rehabilitate his memory as an unwitting bystander who just made a bad decision.  The Freeh report will destroy that impulse.  It contains repeated indictments of the head coach along with the rest of Penn State’s chain of command.

What can Penn State do to put this behind the university?  The Freeh report lists as its final contributing cause to this shameful cover-up “[a] culture of reverence for the football program that is ingrained at all levels of the campus community.”  Maybe that’s a good place to start, although it’s probably already a moot point.

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I spent quite a lot of time and energy here calling for the results while others were calling for “burning Penn State to the ground.” I spent quite a lot more energy defending Paterno’s name (and then his memory) from those who would condemn him without evidence.

There looks to be evidence. I can’t believe it, and I’m heart broken to read the things I’ve read about a man I respected, but the facts are simply the facts.

You [deleted] this one up huge, Joe, and your memory will be rightly stained by it.

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

All someone had to do is drop a dime to the police.

Blake on July 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Consider this the final damning nail in the coffin of Penn State’s “legendary” status. They are now the school that tried to cover-up the crimes of a certified pervert and child molester, just so as to protect their oh so precious reputation.

pilamaye on July 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Those admins that protected Sandusky should personally take a hit — financially and possible short term JAIL time.

Resignation is not enough.

KenInIL on July 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

And the fact donations to the university have remained very high is yet another disgrace, on top of a pile of ‘em. When a football program takes precedence over the sexual abuse of young buys by one of your own coaches, your priorities are decidedly out of whack. Of course, that’s largely true of society in general.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I’m a PSU alumn and am appalled at family and friends who are still defiantly paying homage to JoPa. This is a time for shame, not zealous idolatry.

obladioblada on July 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Ah crap. Sorry for the [deleted], Ed.

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

If I walked in on some guy raping a child I would beat the hell out of him and turn him over to the police.

Shouldn’t this be a normal person’s reaction?

VinceOfDoom on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Ah crap. Sorry for the [deleted], Ed.

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

No worries. I rarely edit a comment in moderation – I usually either approve it or reject it — but I wanted to make sure yours got published. Hope you don’t mind the edit.

Ed Morrissey on July 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

VinceOfDoom on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

You would think…

CorporatePiggy on July 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I think a suspension of the Football program is in order.

Hit them where it hurts.

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Those admins that protected Sandusky should personally take a hit — financially and possible short term JAIL time.

Resignation is not enough.

KenInIL on July 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I’d say a few more indictments should be in order.

Fallon on July 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The Freeh report lists as its final contributing cause to this shameful cover-up “[a] culture of reverence for the football program that is ingrained at all levels of the campus community.”

and the fact donations to the university have remained very high is yet another disgrace, on top of a pile of ‘em.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Apparently that reverence for the football program is ingrained in much of the pubic and alumni as well. I read that Penn State is enjoying the 2nd highest year in donations ever.

Sick and wrong.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

my fear is that other athletic programs are guilty of similar crimes and with all that has happened here,they will be even more fearful of exposing their sports programs. When idols get worshiped(sports, money…ect)bad things happen

Dannyp8262 on July 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

How would you like to be the AD or on the Board of Trustees of a football power school about now? I’ll bet they are looking under every rug. I do hope the NCAA stays out of the Penn State mess.

a capella on July 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

All someone had to do is drop a dime to the police.

Blake on July 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Without a full-on push by Paterno and the top officials at Penn State to investigate and prosecute Sandusky, an anonymous call to the cops would have done nothing. Most of them likely were rabid Penn State football fans, too. They would have hit a stone wall with Paterno and the others, been grateful for it, and moved on. Sandusky had already been investigated. Law enforcement in the area knew the guy was a predator. And they were just as happy as Paterno was to sweep it all under the rug.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The legend of Penn State. A thing of the past now. Very dissapointed.

jake49 on July 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

If I walked in on some guy raping a child I would beat the hell out of him and turn him over to the police.

Shouldn’t this be a normal person’s reaction?

VinceOfDoom on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

You’d think. I’m not sure I could stop beating him until he was dead…

OmahaConservative on July 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

This is what happens when the culture of sports trumps the culture of academics.

Meatheads were calling the shots … and there ya go.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Who decided to release this in the middle of the MLB All-Star break? It assures it will be the ONLY thing talked about for the next 48 hours in the sports media.

TheLastBrainLeft on July 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

What can Penn State do to put this behind the university?

Pull down the Paterno statue, for starters.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

How would you like to be the AD or on the Board of Trustees of a football power school about now? I’ll bet they are looking under every rug. I do hope the NCAA stays out of the Penn State mess.

a capella on July 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

There are going to be calls for the death penalty that’s for sure.

Horribly awful and disgusting story.

gophergirl on July 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

my fear is that other athletic programs are guilty of similar crimes and with all that has happened here,they will be even more fearful of exposing their sports programs. When idols get worshiped(sports, money…ect)bad things happen

Dannyp8262 on July 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Come on, now. Sure, most big-time college sports programs are breaking a lot of NCAA rules, but there isn’t a monster like Sandusky lurking around every corner and being protected. This is a unique case. Most universities would have, at the least, sent this guy packing far. far away. PSU was just a different breed with a coach that had been there way too long and thus had too much reputation to protect.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Apparently that reverence for the football program is ingrained in much of the pubic and alumni as well. I read that Penn State is enjoying the 2nd highest year in donations ever.

Sick and wrong.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

That won’t last long one the civil liability amounts become public and donors realize where their money is actually going. Watching the victims’ attorneys rake in a third of the take may be a bridge too far.

a capella on July 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I can only think that if the Catholic priest scandal has reached into so many different parts of the US and beyond, that Penn State’s position vis-à-vis in-house pediophies most likely will occur in even more colleges and universities.

J_Crater on July 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Ah crap. Sorry for the [deleted], Ed.

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

No worries. I rarely edit a comment in moderation – I usually either approve it or reject it — but I wanted to make sure yours got published. Hope you don’t mind the edit.

Ed Morrissey on July 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

No. Not at all. I appreciate you letting it through otherwise.

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I too and a PSU alum and was just back in PA for a visit. Several family members are still defending Joe with the line, “he did all he was required to do under the law.” blah, blah, blah. Like I told them, if it was your child, someone merely reporting rape and molestation to your boss would never be enough. I don’t know how anyone can defend PSU now. Disgusting. I weep for those boys/men and their sigle moms, who had a hard enough time as it was and were deceived at every turn by that pig, Sandusky.

On our drive thru lion country there is a giant white fence surrounding someone’s pool w/the PSU logo painted on it. The face of the Nittany Lion has a tear painted on it now. I had to drive by again to make sure I saw what I thought I saw. It was very powerful.

JAM on July 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Will anyone want to play for the Penn State Perverts? The program is doomed. The NCAA needs to euthanize the athletic program sooner rather than later.

meci on July 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I wonder how many of those who are still worshipping Paterno and the football program were (and maybe are still) calling for the heads of the entire Catholic hierarchy?

crazy_legs on July 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

…so disappointed…in every respect!

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Pull down the Paterno statue, for starters.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

+1

gwelf on July 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Will this report screw up the upcoming trials of Curley, Spanier and Schultz?

JPeterman on July 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

They would have hit a stone wall with Paterno and the others, been grateful for it, and moved on. Sandusky had already been investigated. Law enforcement in the area knew the guy was a predator. And they were just as happy as Paterno was to sweep it all under the rug.

Rational Thought

Remember, there is a Centre County DA/prosecutor who is missing and so is his hard drive from his computer. His car was found abandoned in Lewisburg, PA. Sounds real fishy to me.

JAM on July 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

This is really bad. The report says that Paterno and others knew about Sandusky being a possible child molester since at least 1998 and did nothing to stop him.

What the heck was Paterno thinking?

Captain Kirock on July 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If we really cared about child molestation we would not cover it up when priests do it and we would not cover it up when winning football coaches do it. In both cases the institution is considered more important than the kids.

Dan_Yul on July 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If I walked in on some guy raping a child I would beat the hell out of him and turn him over to the police.

Shouldn’t this be a normal person’s reaction?

VinceOfDoom on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Not in college football necessarily, although this is a very extreme example. College sports, especially at this level, is an insular world. They protect their own and often look the other way. Many example of coaches and/or players getting into trouble have been handled as see no evil. Then all of a sudden it’s how horrible, get rid of them.
I don’t want to put down college sports, having many family members who utilized the football programs at various schools. Coaches and staff know or should know everything that goes on, and believe me most do. So as soon as I read about this I assumed Paterno and others knew and covered up. Penn State is the worst of the worst, but there have been cases of lesser crimes/problems throughout the years. And I’d be willing to bet coaches and staff from other schools had heard the rumors.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

If I walked in on some guy raping a child I would beat the hell out of him and turn him over to the police.

Shouldn’t this be a normal person’s reaction?

VinceOfDoom on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

It is in Texas.

ziggyville on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Legally, this has huge implications for every boy who was exposed to Sandusky over the years. Now, this report will stand as evidence that Penn State willfully and knowingly subjected these children to a predatory situation that not only they *should* have known about, but that they DID know about.

In Plaintiff’s lawyer’s terms, that means that Penn State doesn’t even dare go to trial in any suit against them from anyone who either was or could have been affected; the only question PSU’s attorney’s can dare to ask will be “How much can we write that check for, Sir?”

This may surprise people who don’t realize how these judgments have been trending, but I predict that the legal judgments will end up being in the Hundred of Millions of dollars. (300 lawsuits settled at a million dollars each? Easily possible)

In fact, if it gets high enough, Penn State may have to look into some form of bankruptcy protection in a couple of years just to shield the school from the liability claims. It would be poetic justice if this gets them booted from the NCAA.

Hey, you donors to Penn State? Know this, all of your donations for the rest of your lives are just going to pay Sandusky’s victims, nothing else. Feel good about those donations now?

And THAT is going to be Joe Paterno’s legacy, in the end the only legacy that will ever be remembered. The only legacy that he truly deserves.

Tom Servo on July 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Apparently that reverence for the football program is ingrained in much of the pubic and alumni as well. I read that Penn State is enjoying the 2nd highest year in donations ever.

Sick and wrong.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Indeed…’Hey, for years your school-and the very football program and coach you worship-covered up and enabled the sexual abuse of little boys by one of your own coaches. What are you going to do?’

‘Why, I’m going to send them even MORE money. Yeah!’

Does.Not.Compute.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

WOW! Unbelievable. How can you be so callous as to not at least take away his access to harm more kids? The Paterno Family may be glad he is deceased.

Deano1952 on July 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I find it ironic that if that guy who had caught Sandusky in the act, poor little grad assistant that he was, had pitched a fit and DEMANDED a police investigation, demanded that Paterno go to the police and open this thing up, he’d either A) be looking at a big payday from PSU today if they had fired him; or B) be sought after by other programs for being such a stand-up guy. But he thought he was protecting his future interests, and now his career is over.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

The Nittany Lyin’.

Flange on July 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I think a suspension of the Football program is in order.

Hit them where it hurts.

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Yep. Give them the death penalty. You can’t possible argue that SMU in the 80′s was worse than this. College football is subject to such sickening idolatry in this day and age that a shutdown of the program will actually be better than sending all of these scum to jail. Maybe the supporters will find out there are other things they can do with their Saturday afternoons in the fall, besides worshiping phony ‘student’ athletes.

St. Regis Philbin on July 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hey, you donors to Penn State? Know this, all of your donations for the rest of your lives are just going to pay Sandusky’s victims, nothing else. Feel good about those donations now?

And THAT is going to be Joe Paterno’s legacy, in the end the only legacy that will ever be remembered. The only legacy that he truly deserves.

Tom Servo on July 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Maybe some of them think it’s a way to pay back for the crimes? Okay, maybe not, but it’s a hope.
And you’re right about Paterno. Paterno wanted to protect the football program and legacy at any cost, so he allowed this to happen. No ifs/ands/or buts, just atating a simple fact.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I find it ironic that if that guy who had caught Sandusky in the act, poor little grad assistant that he was, had pitched a fit and DEMANDED a police investigation, demanded that Paterno go to the police and open this thing up, he’d either A) be looking at a big payday from PSU today if they had fired him; or B) be sought after by other programs for being such a stand-up guy. But he thought he was protecting his future interests, and now his career is over.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

If one of those victims were my son, more than his career would be over, in fact, he’d be at the top of my list.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I spent quite a lot of time and energy here calling for the results while others were calling for “burning Penn State to the ground.” I spent quite a lot more energy defending Paterno’s name (and then his memory) from those who would condemn him without evidence.

There looks to be evidence. I can’t believe it, and I’m heart broken to read the things I’ve read about a man I respected, but the facts are simply the facts.

You [deleted] this one up huge, Joe, and your memory will be rightly stained by it.

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

My exact thoughts. I argued that Paterno had owned up to his wrongdoing and should have been allowed to retire at the end of the season like he had said earlier in the day that he was fired – and I chastised the school for not allowing him to go out on his terms.

Now I feel like he should have been let go a lot, lot sooner – not that it lets the school off the hook in any way, shape, or form.

Such a disgusting travesty that rightly tarnishes Paterno’s legacy and leaves the school itself with a mark of shame that should not be quickly removed. I love sports, and I love football, but none of that compares to the innocence of a child. The destruction of that innocence was hidden for the sake of football and the school’s reputation.

That is beyond sick.

Red Cloud on July 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

..someone said that dying was the best thing to happen to Joe Paterno under these circumstances.

The War Planner on July 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

… but there isn’t a monster like Sandusky lurking around every corner and being protected. This is a unique case. Most universities would have, at the least, sent this guy packing far. far away.
Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Sorry, but that’s just a wishful, though rational thought. The college I attended in the ’70s was little more than a homosexual recruitment pool, and most likely still is. It’s embedded in the culture of academia now.

Harbingeing on July 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Athletic ‘death penalty’. Permanently.

Penn State should never have any athletic program ever again.

playblu on July 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I spent quite a lot of time and energy here calling for the results while others were calling for “burning Penn State to the ground.” I spent quite a lot more energy defending Paterno’s name (and then his memory) from those who would condemn him without evidence.

There looks to be evidence. I can’t believe it, and I’m heart broken to read the things I’ve read about a man I respected, but the facts are simply the facts.

You [deleted] this one up huge, Joe, and your memory will be rightly stained by it.

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Washington Nearsider on July 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I’ve done similar…swimming against the current and defending, or at least waiting for more details to emerge, the accused in these situations. We’re right sometimes, wrong others, but the whole process of not jumping to conclusions well always be the right way to go.

But yeah, child abuse of any kind is amongst the worst crimes a person can do. And if Paterno or anyone else covered up for Sandusky…then they should join him in prison.

JetBoy on July 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Sorry, but that’s just a wishful, though rational thought. The college I attended in the ’70s was little more than a homosexual recruitment pool, and most likely still is. It’s embedded in the culture of academia now.

Harbingeing on July 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

???

JetBoy on July 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Athletic ‘death penalty’. Permanently.

Penn State should never have any athletic program ever again.

playblu on July 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Not enough, truth is NO college should ever have an athletic program that brings in a significant income to the college. Until then This will continue and is continuing as we speak.

Skwor on July 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

???

JetBoy on July 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yup, when your college professors invite students to their homes to watch porn, ply with expensive liquors, and then arrange ‘dates’ with their program donors and alumni, it’s a recruitment ring.

Harbingeing on July 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I don’t know if they were, BUT if the victims were all black or mostly black, I can see how that could possibly make the coaches and administrators less sensitive to the issue and turn a blind eye.

michaelthomas on July 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I find it ironic that if that guy who had caught Sandusky in the act, poor little grad assistant that he was, had pitched a fit and DEMANDED a police investigation, demanded that Paterno go to the police and open this thing up, he’d either A) be looking at a big payday from PSU today if they had fired him; or B) be sought after by other programs for being such a stand-up guy. But he thought he was protecting his future interests, and now his career is over.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

+1
amazing, isn’t it? How doing the right thing always serves us better in the long run? And that little thing called courage.

So many lessons in this sordid affair.

CambellBrown on July 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Are these children worth $61,000? That’s the price it takes to get a death penalty. At least in the 1980′s. Today I’m sure we need the money to feed the beast more than we need innocent children.

It’s not like the America people would inconvenience themselves to stop watching the NCAA until standards are upheld. It’s not like the rampaging animal at Penn State would stop rioting long enough to call for standards to be upheld

Obama’s America truly is a sick society.

MNHawk on July 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“Penn State’s response to the letter will inform our next steps, including whether or not to take further action,” Bob Williams, the NCAA’s vice president of communications, said in a prepared statement.”

With such a “strong” statment, don’t hold your breath that the NCAA will take any meaningful action here.

newtopia on July 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Disgraceful doesn’t really cover it, does it?

Evil.

Institutionalized Evil. Professional Evil.

Socratease on July 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

‘Why, I’m going to send them even MORE money. Yeah!’

Does.Not.Compute.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I stopped sending donations to my small private college when it ADDED football. MORE donations to Penn State by alumni is just a slap in the face of the victims. How tribal are these people that their allegiance to their school overrides their basic humanity?

Fallon on July 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Sorry, but that’s just a wishful, though rational thought. The college I attended in the ’70s was little more than a homosexual recruitment pool, and most likely still is. It’s embedded in the culture of academia now.

Harbingeing on July 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I would kindly ask that you refrain from responding to my posts — if your response is going to be of a wacko nature.

Thank you.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Surely at least one person in this chain of fools is guilty of misprision of a felony.

mrsknightley on July 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Pull down the Paterno statue, for starters.

Wethal on July 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

And don’t be dainty about it, either. Tear that thing down like it was Saddam Hussein and smash it into rubble, then have the remains carted away like debris.

Enough of this nonsense. Over a stupid freaking football team.

Kensington on July 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

And, really, how about just shutting down the whole football program at that school? Maybe they can give it another try in a generation or two.

Kensington on July 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

..someone said that dying was the best thing to happen to Joe Paterno under these circumstances.

The War Planner on July 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

That depends on what happened after…

Kensington on July 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Freeh report: “Total disregard” at Penn State for Sandusky victims

That’s because it was just boys. Can you imagine anyone letting this continue if he were molesting little girls. Ditto the Catholic Church.

sirpatrick on July 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

There are going to be calls for the death penalty that’s for sure.

Horribly awful and disgusting story.

gophergirl on July 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Based on what? The death penalty is for repeated egregious football recruiting violations.

While this is certainly egregious moral conduct it doesn’t involve recruiting.

chemman on July 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

MNHawk on July 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

While I agree we have a morally perverse society. Obama is only the pus visible at the top of the boil. This infection is over 50 years old and counting. It needs to be cleaned out and sanitized but that will never happen until we agree that while “all things are lawful, not all things are expedient.”

chemman on July 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Ed and all your commenters — HotAir people are proud that they think on their own and don’t just take someone’s word for something, but here you have made the mistake of just taking someone’s word for something. Freeh’s opinions are irrelevant — what are relevant are the facts, and he does not have the facts to support his strong allegations against Paterno. If you look at the evidence re Paterno, you’ll see that there actually is nothing there to support the allegations made by Freeh. There literally is not a single piece of evidence that Paterno concealed facts or made a decision to conceal facts. If you disagree, please point to that evidence, not Freeh’s unwarranted claims.

woocane on July 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I’ve done similar…swimming against the current and defending, or at least waiting for more details to emerge

JetBoy on July 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Poor, Jet. At least you backed it up. :)

Esthier on July 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Freeh report: “Total disregard” at Penn State for Sandusky victims

That’s because it was just boys. Can you imagine anyone letting this continue if he were molesting little girls. Ditto the Catholic Church.

sirpatrick on July 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Yeah, cause that’s the real lesson here. There’s a double standard against males! Let’s get all upset about that!

Esthier on July 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

JetBoy on July 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

While those that perjured themselves under oath will probably see some jail time. How do we give jail time to those that covered this up? While covering this up is morally egregious I fail to see what laws they violated that would get them jail time. Since the Pennsylvania mandatory sexual abuse reporting laws do not specifically designate college professors and administrators I think the state is SOL on criminal prosecution.

chemman on July 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

There literally is not a single piece of evidence that Paterno concealed facts or made a decision to conceal facts. If you disagree, please point to that evidence, not Freeh’s unwarranted claims.

woocane on July 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The email from the AD to Schultz and Spanier referencing a conversation with Joe which made him change his mind as to turning Sandusky in, is pretty close to a smoking gun.

a capella on July 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Yup, when your college professors invite students to their homes to watch porn, ply with expensive liquors, and then arrange ‘dates’ with their program donors and alumni, it’s a recruitment ring.

Harbingeing on July 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I think you and I went to very different colleges.

Esthier on July 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Not in college football necessarily, although this is a very extreme example. College sports, especially at this level, is an insular world. They protect their own and often look the other way. Many example of coaches and/or players getting into trouble have been handled as see no evil. Then all of a sudden it’s how horrible, get rid of them.
I don’t want to put down college sports, having many family members who utilized the football programs at various schools. Coaches and staff know or should know everything that goes on, and believe me most do. So as soon as I read about this I assumed Paterno and others knew and covered up. Penn State is the worst of the worst, but there have been cases of lesser crimes/problems throughout the years. And I’d be willing to bet coaches and staff from other schools had heard the rumors.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

There is no organization in existence that would make me forget what right and wrong is in this world. Not even my own family.

This is the same thing as gang mentality with the “no snitching” nonsense that is plaguing many communities. People need to stand up and speak out against such atrocities no matter what the consequences are.

VinceOfDoom on July 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Harbingeing on July 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I’ve went to several colleges/universities in accumulating my bachelor’s and masters degrees. Never saw that occur.

chemman on July 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

chemman on July 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I would assume intentionally covering up a crime is illegal, no matter who the law designates as responsible.

If I’m wrong, then we’ll just have to settle for ridiculously expensive lawsuits.

Esthier on July 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I grew up a Pitt fan back in the day when that rivalry mattered. I can’t help but experience a bit of Shauenfreude (sp.). Over the years their fans have been so sanctimonious and downright obnoxious over St. Joe and how pure their program was and “We don’t do ______ like they do at _______” In fact the only more “Holier than thou” fans are those from the University with the statue of Mary on the roof. This dwarfs ANYTHING that was ever looked down upon by Nitany Noses!

Teacher in Tejas on July 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM


This is really bad. The report says that Paterno and others knew about Sandusky being a possible child molester since at least 1998 and did nothing to stop him.

What the heck was Paterno thinking?

Captain Kirock on July 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I’ll tell you what he was thinking about: His own place in Division 1 coaching history.

I knew that Paterno was dirty when he released a statement announcing that after years of speculation when he was finally going to hang it up, he would retire at the end of the season. What leaped out at me is the part in bold:

“…I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can…”

Why the end of the season rather than right away? Because he was one win shy of tying the all-time Div-1 record. The way I saw it, with that remark, he was trying to strongarm the Board to let him stick around until he broke the record. I thought to myself, “They should fire him NOW!” and I was genuinely shocked when they did.

While there are no winners in this saga, the Board mitigated its damage by finally taking decisive action. The biggest losers: The students who rioted in support of Paterno. I predicted the night of the riots that someday, its participants would be as reluctant to admit their presence as those at Kristallnacht. I don’t think anyone’s going to save news clippings for their photo album and say, “See, son? That’s in daddy in the WE ARE PENN STATE sweater tipping the news van over.”

L.N. Smithee on July 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The email from the AD to Schultz and Spanier referencing a conversation with Joe which made him change his mind as to turning Sandusky in, is pretty close to a smoking gun.

a capella on July 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

No it isn’t — we have no idea if the conversation actually occurred and if so, what was said. Nor does Freeh. If the conversation occurred, we don’t know if Paterno gave any opinion of a course of action, or just listened to Curley, or if Curley just asked questions or what. But Freeh uses that obscure reference in an email — classic hearsay — as the basis to claim that Paterno was an integral part of the decision to not report to the Dept. of Child Welfare. And moreover, without the slightest knowledge of what was said in the conversation, Freeh claims to know Paterno’s motivations! And now few will know how flimsy are his conclusions, because few will actually read the evidence.

woocane on July 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Esthier on July 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I’m not defending them as I find what happened to be morally egregious. Hopefully, your take is possible that they are guilty of aiding and abetting a crime.

chemman on July 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ed and all your commenters — HotAir people are proud that they think on their own and don’t just take someone’s word for something, but here you have made the mistake of just taking someone’s word for something. Freeh’s opinions are irrelevant — what are relevant are the facts, and he does not have the facts to support his strong allegations against Paterno. If you look at the evidence re Paterno, you’ll see that there actually is nothing there to support the allegations made by Freeh. There literally is not a single piece of evidence that Paterno concealed facts or made a decision to conceal facts. If you disagree, please point to that evidence, not Freeh’s unwarranted claims.

woocane on July 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

+1

Consider, too, the quality of the evidence coming from a pair of accused perjurers (Curley and Schultz) and a third who is likely to face charges (Spanier).

Also, Freeh is noted for delivering the report his superiors (the ones who pay his bills) want. Remember Ruby Ridge and Waco???

Corbett just got himself a primary challenge with this report.

This ain’t over.

either orr on July 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

blink on July 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I agree. I was responding to something someone else said. I honestly don’t see any way to criminally hold those involved in the “cover up” responsible.

chemman on July 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Sorry, I have to disagree with all of the ‘death penalty’ talk. There is no need to punish the football players and students who had nothing to do with this scandal. A death penalty has already been applied to the principals involved: Sandusky will be locked up for life, Paterno is dead, the university President and another administrator got fired, and every coach/assistant employed by Penn State when this scandal broke are gone and will probably never find a decent job in college football for the rest of their lives. Scrapping the entire program after the entire program has pretty much been cleaned out makes no sense. Let them move on and take their lumps.

joejm65 on July 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

There literally is not a single piece of evidence that Paterno concealed facts or made a decision to conceal facts. If you disagree, please point to that evidence, not Freeh’s unwarranted claims.

woocane on July 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

It’s sad when you cannot accept even Paterno’s own statement that he wished he’d done more. Failure to act is as bad as doing the wrong thing, whether you like it or not. I personally don’t care what Freeh says, but I do accept what Paterno said and that is condemnation enough for me.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What can Penn State do to put this behind the university? The Freeh report lists as its final contributing cause to this shameful cover-up “[a] culture of reverence for the football program that is ingrained at all levels of the campus community.” Maybe that’s a good place to start, although it’s probably already a moot point.

I really wonder how deeply the NCAA will sanction Penn State athletics. And how deeply the other governing institutions will sanction the school in general.

Frankly, nuking the football program entirely isn’t enough in my book. I think there should be a real, honest discussion about whether or not PS loses some critical accreditations and programs. They f*cked with some kids lives, and the institution needs to be penalized. Severely and without remorse.

Is it too much to think the school needs to be shut down? I’m in favor of that myself. Is that overboard?

nukemhill on July 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

It’s sad when you cannot accept even Paterno’s own statement that he wished he’d done more. Failure to act is as bad as doing the wrong thing, whether you like it or not. I personally don’t care what Freeh says, but I do accept what Paterno said and that is condemnation enough for me.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

There is a big difference between wishing you had done more and active concealment of a despicable crime.

woocane on July 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Wow this is totally disgusting. The report literally provides hard evidence of written correspondence covering up the child rapists actions and some people at HA are actually still supporting this enabling group of filth known as Penn State leaders.

Now some are arguing “we don’t know what was actually said?”

Apparently nothing short of a notarized child sex video with a supporting video of actual discussions notarized and witnessed by 50,000 at the football stadium would shake some of you from your faith in football purity and the idols you worship.

For some there is no amount of proof that will cause them to leave the Golden Calf alter of the football religion and the priests of their faith.

JUST.PLAIN.SICK.

Skwor on July 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

And what about the NCAA itself? There are some questions that were never answered with respect to what other ADs around the country knew, and when. When Sandusky “retired”, he was only … 55, right? That’s really young, especially for someone who was so highly regarded.

Was that an internal matter, where he was basically told to retire by Penn State, or he’d be exposed? Or was he cut loose, but when he applied to other positions, the ADs who were in charge knew his history and considered him radioactive? If his reputation preceded him, then the NCAA has some serious issues on its hands.

And I’ve heard that he was known, and that there was a cover-up everywhere. It’s been a while since that rumor came out, but it was by a radio jock in Pennsylvania who apparently had the scoop on Sandusky on a couple of different occasions, so his rep was solid. There has been nothing since, but I really wonder what the deal is.

nukemhill on July 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

. I’m merely claiming that someone wishing they had done more doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is guilty of something.

blink on July 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Yes it is. He is guilty, even in his own mind, of not doing enough. As I said, that is as bad as doing the wrong thing.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Pigeons came home to roost.

How long it took for the media to look under the mask.

I don’t know whether the Nazis had more morals than the Penn State princes or not. I do know that Joe Pa was always a sleazy creep and liar. He was called out on lying on a radio program decades ago and did everything he could to shaft Pitt and anyone else who didn’t help his idol status. The alums who still support that institution based on sin and lies need help.

Penn State did win in athletics unlike Herr Hitler.

But remember that the Nazis were much better in science and engineering.

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

There is a big difference between wishing you had done more and active concealment of a despicable crime.

woocane on July 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

But he admitted he hadn’t done enough. The implication being he knew a crime had been commited, whether after the fact or at the time. He could have done something more and by not doing more isn’t that the same as concealment? Say an employee says he saw another employee stealing money from a customer. Now the perpetrator employee is a friend and associate, but I suspect they have been stealing. So I tell my district manager who does nothing. Should I still report it to the police? Should I at least follow up on it myself? And if I don’t am I concealing a crime?
Either way Paterno is guilty of not doing enough and sorry but that to me is as bad as concealment. I guess I just expect more from someone I entrust my child to, no matter who they are.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Penn State did win in athletics unlike Herr Hitler.

But remember that the Nazis were much better in science and engineering.

IlikedAUH2O on July 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Like I said in the AoS thread, Paterno is hopefully sharing the pineapple with Hitler in hell.

Skwor on July 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

But he admitted he hadn’t done enough. The implication being he knew a crime had been commited, whether after the fact or at the time. He could have done something more and by not doing more isn’t that the same as concealment? Say an employee says he saw another employee stealing money from a customer. Now the perpetrator employee is a friend and associate, but I suspect they have been stealing. So I tell my district manager who does nothing. Should I still report it to the police? Should I at least follow up on it myself? And if I don’t am I concealing a crime?
Either way Paterno is guilty of not doing enough and sorry but that to me is as bad as concealment. I guess I just expect more from someone I entrust my child to, no matter who they are.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

let us remeber this wasn’t turning a blind eye to someone shoplifting a cany bar, this is someone not doing enough when they were made aware of CHILD RAPE! Seriously how do you just go “oh well, maybe it isn’t such a big deal.”

We are talking child rape here where he said he should have done more.

Skwor on July 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

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