Penn State To Alums: Please Stop Being Crazy Truthers

Most of the country has moved on from talking about the Penn State scandal, accepting that university administrators and former head coach Joe Paterno made grievous errors in judgment upon becoming aware of Jerry Sandusky's crimes. According to a letter that was sent today by the university to a massive listserv of… » 9/05/14 1:42pm 9/05/14 1:42pm

Here Is The Paterno Family's Lawsuit Against The NCAA

Though delayed by overtime hockey, Costas Tonight eventually devoted a whole hour last night to a re-examination of the Freeh report. Bob Costas said at the outset—and at the end of the program—that he had invited Louis Freeh and NCAA president Mark Emmert to participate in the discussion. They declined. Which meant… » 5/30/13 6:54pm 5/30/13 6:54pm

Penn State Paid $8 Million For The Freeh Report

The Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal has cost Penn State more than $41 million, according to the latest figures released by the university on a special website designed to chronicle PSU's compliance with NCAA sanctions and recommendations in the Freeh Report. But of perhaps even more interest to those voices… » 3/12/13 8:42am 3/12/13 8:42am

What The Paterno Family's Investigation Got Right And Wrong About The…

The Paterno family's exhaustive evaluation of the Freeh report, prepared by the family's attorney and other experts who were paid to reach the conclusions the family wanted, is right about this much: The proof that Joe Paterno orchestrated or even participated in a malicious cover-up of Jerry Sandusky's serial sex… » 2/11/13 12:05pm 2/11/13 12:05pm

Here Is The Paterno Family's Response To The Freeh Report

Joe Paterno's family's PR machine is up and running. The family of the late Penn State coach's response to the Freeh report is now live online, and three of the four men who prepared the report—former Pennsylvania governor and ex-U.S. attorney general Dick Thornburgh, Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers, and former… » 2/10/13 9:24am 2/10/13 9:24am

"Horse Crap": Oddly Enough, The Amazon Reviews For The Freeh Report Are…

That is to say, as negative as possible, in every case: the Freeh Report has 44 reviews on Amazon right now, and they are all one star. I mean, that sort of makes sense—who goes on Amazon to give a positive review of the report stemming from an extrajudicial review process?—but on the heels of Franco Harris's mighty… » 9/15/12 2:05pm 9/15/12 2:05pm

Here Is Former Penn State President Graham Spanier's Response To The…

As we told you yesterday, former Penn State president Graham Spanier launched a media offensive that began with a press conference during which his lawyers excoriated the Freeh report and its findings. Later, the New Yorker published a Q&A with Spanier, and Josh Elliot did an interview with Spanier that aired last… » 8/23/12 1:45pm 8/23/12 1:45pm

Press Conference By Lawyers For Former Penn State President Graham…

As expected, the blame-shifting from those at Penn State implicated by the Freeh report has begun. Lawyers for Graham Spanier, the university president fired last November in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, held a press conference in Philadelphia this morning to try and explain their client's side of the… » 8/22/12 3:50pm 8/22/12 3:50pm

NCAA Should Have Done Its Own Investigation Before Punishing Penn…

We told you yesterday how Penn State could have fought the NCAA in court over the sanctions it received earlier this week. Our own Drew Magary has also explained that the NCAA levied the punishment it did to pretty much show the world it's doing something because what happened was just so horrible and thank heavens we… » 7/27/12 2:35pm 7/27/12 2:35pm

The Freeh Group Acknowledges Some Mistakes In Its Report On Penn State

It's not anything that will cause Franco Harris to race through the streets to declare vindication, nor will this bit of news lead the NCAA to reexamine the sanctions it handed down and say, "Oops!" But the Freeh Group, which had issued the devastating investigative report on Penn State's handling of the Jerry… » 7/25/12 1:20pm 7/25/12 1:20pm

Penn State's Former President Says He Was Abused As A Child, Too

The Paternos aren't the only ones furiously pleading someone's innocence in the Jerry Sandusky matter. Former PSU president Graham Spanier has now sent a letter to the school's board of trustees that accuses the Freeh report of being biased. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg obtained the letter, which includes this… » 7/23/12 7:05pm 7/23/12 7:05pm

Even Sports Illustrated Doesn't Want Anything To Do With Joe…

The first review of Joe Posnanksi's Joe Paterno biography is in and it isn't good: Offered first serial rights to a book written by a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, the magazine said no. Assistant managing editor Chris Hunt confirmed to Deadspin that SI passed on running an excerpt. Posnanski, who left SI » 7/17/12 12:30pm 7/17/12 12:30pm

Penn State's Student Ticket Campout Group Will No Longer Be Called…

Penn State students have pitched tents outside Beaver Stadium in order to score the best seats for that week's football game for nearly 20 years. Starting with the 2005 home game against Ohio State, the name of that tent city became known as Paternoville, and it was eventually recognized by the university as an… » 7/16/12 8:30pm 7/16/12 8:30pm

No One Is Currently Guarding The Joe Paterno Statue

Since the release of the Freeh report and the Paterno family's clumsy attempts to discredit it, the statue of Joe Paterno has become an all-encompassing flashpoint in the struggle between critics of the university and PSU loyalists. Bobby Bowden wants it torn down. The Penn State Board of Trustees (and really, PSUBOT… » 7/16/12 3:55pm 7/16/12 3:55pm

The Paterno Family Will Conduct Their Own Non-Biased Investigation

To the Paterno family, the Freeh Report was merely the scribblings of an Inquisitor, a series of "opinions and interpretations [presented] as if they were absolute facts." Which is a shame, because for $6.5 million, seven months, hundreds of interviews and millions of records, you would have hoped for something a… » 7/16/12 11:00am 7/16/12 11:00am

Jay Paterno: The Freeh Report Contains "No New Facts," Just "Some New…

In all seriousness, I can't imagine how difficult today must be for the Paterno family. That said, at this point, it's probably best for all of them to decline to comment further. Paterno's son, Jay, went on SportsCenter about an hour ago and dismissed the findings of the Freeh Group as "really an opinion," which… » 7/12/12 5:35pm 7/12/12 5:35pm